Comfort Classics

What makes you feel better when times are hard? In this series of interviews, Classics enthusiasts share the sources from the Ancient World which comfort and inspire them.

Contact me if you would like to join in! I’ll be continuing to add interviews until we’re no longer in need of happy thoughts.





Comfort Classics Interviews

  1. Steve Havelin: a fresco from Stabiae
  2. Lilah Grace Canevaro: Hesiod’s Works and Days
  3. Jack Lambert: the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite
  4. Joanna Paul: Cavafy’s ‘Ithaka’
  5. Gina May: Homer’s Odyssey
  6. Klara Hegedus: the Roman Forum
  7. Christine Plastow: Antiphon 6
  8. Mary Beard: Homer’s Odyssey
  9. Rob Cromarty: Ovid’s Amores
  10. Colin Gough: Homer’s Odyssey and a documentary
  11. Sarah Thomason: Aeschylus’ Agamemnon and George Thomson
  12. LJ Trafford: Suetonius’ The Twelve Caesars
  13. Pam Herbert: a mosaic from Sicily
  14. Naoko Yamagata: the philosophy of Epicurus
  15. Tony Potter: Martial’s Epigrams
  16. Edith Hall: an epigram by Nossis
  17. Liz Gloyn: Petronius’ Satyricon
  18. Greg Woolf: Juvenal’s Satires
  19. Leigh David Cobley: Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics
  20. Valerie Hope: the Letters of Pliny the Younger
  21. Gideon Nisbet: the epigrams of the Greek Anthology
  22. Laura Jenkinson-Brown: Robert Graves’ The Greek Myths
  23. Neville Morley: Frontinus, De Aquis Urbis Romae
  24. Daisy Dunn: a terracotta sculpture
  25. Jan Haywood: Herodotus’ Histories
  26. David Meadows: a sarcophagus of the Sirens and the Muses
  27. Anactoria Clarke: Tryphiodorus’ The Taking of Ilios
  28. Jaap Wisse: Virgil’s Aeneid
  29. Emma Bridges: Aristophanes
  30. Michael Scott: The Philogelos
  31. Frederick Armour: Pindar’s Odes
  32. Susan Raikes: a child’s sock from Roman Egypt
  33. Armand D’Angour: a poem by Nicarchus
  34. Valeria Bosisio: the Terme Boxer
  35. Simon Pulleyn: Virgil’s Eclogues
  36. Mirko Canevaro: Aristophanes’ Wasps
  37. Tom Mason: Epicurus and Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  38. Katie Low: Tacitus
  39. Penny Whitworth: images of Corinth
  40. Flora Kirk: a statuette of Mercury
  41. James Robson: Aristophanes’ Lysistrata
  42. Lucia Nixon: icon stands in Sphakia
  43. Peta Greenfield: the Ara Pacis
  44. Hayley Merchant: Trajan’s Column
  45. Ian Tompkins: the ruins of Cyrrhus
  46. Fiona Radford: an aureus of Nero and Agrippina
  47. Claudio Sansone: Archilochus and Sanskrit poetry
  48. John O’Flaherty: Virgil’s Aeneidlacrimae rerum
  49. Jennie Baillie: Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne
  50. Phil Perkins: Etruria
  51. Caroline Lawrence: Martial’s Saturnalia Gifts
  52. Greg Gilles: ancient frescoes
  53. Flint Dibble: a kylix painting of a dog
  54. Steve Jenkin: the view from Delphi’s theatre
  55. Georgy Kantor: Tacitus’ Annals and Histories
  56. Madeleine Perridge: amphora of Achilles and Penthesilea
  57. Emma Pauly: Ovid, Metamorphoses III
  58. Llewelyn Morgan: Horace’s Odes
  59. Karis Williamson: Homer’s Iliad I
  60. Jessica Hughes: South Italian vases
  61. Jennifer Ingleheart: Housman and Sappho
  62. Andrew Fox: Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita
  63. E-J Graham: votive babies
  64. Verity Platt: Pliny the Elder’s Natural History
  65. Pippa Steele: an alphabet cockerel
  66. Stephanie Holton: the fragments of Heraclitus
  67. Ian Spoor: Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  68. Abi Buglass: Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura
  69. Frances Breen: a Pompeian swan fresco
  70. Matt Myers: Tacitus’ Histories
  71. Ben Tanner: Aristophanes’ Frogs
  72. Andrew Parkin: a bathing Venus relief from Northumberland
  73. Andrew Sillett: the letters of Cicero
  74. Liz Webb: Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War
  75. Alex Imrie: Cassius Dio’s Roman History
  76. Tony Keen: Carry On Cleo
  77. Jo Ball: Roman personal letters
  78. Matt Simonton: Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae
  79. Arlene Holmes-Henderson: Seneca’s Moral Letters
  80. Gavin McCormick: the Octavius of Minucius Felix
  81. Michael Loy: the Nikandre kore 
  82. Lily Mac Mahon: the Fayum mummy portraits
  83. Carey Fleiner: the Capitoline Wolf
  84. Owen Rees: Xenophon’s Anabasis
  85. Julian Morgan: Thucydides I.22 and Horace Odes III.30
  86. Manu Dal Borgo: Lysias
  87. Victoria Austen: Livia’s Garden Room
  88. Andy Keen: Sophocles’s Oedipus the King.
  89. Jamie Heath: the view from the Via Monte Tarpeo, overlooking the Forum
  90. Ersin Hussein: the landscape of Cyprus
  91. Michael Beer: Virgil’s Aeneid
  92. Rebecca Futo Kennedy and Max Goldman: working together
  93. Danny Bate: a Gallo-Latin inscription from Alise-Sainte-Reine
  94. Emily Hauser: Seneca’s Letters 
  95. George Cornelius: early archaeology
  96. Jennifer Gane: the Laudatio Turiae
  97. Joshua Kinlaw: Hesiod’s Works and Days
  98. Kerry Phelan: Sappho
  99. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones: the tomb-inscription of Darius the Great
  100. Joel Christensen: Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey
  101. Eduardo García-Molina:  a silver tetradrachm of the Seleukid Empire
  102. M.C. Williams: Edith Hamilton’s Mythology
  103. Rachel Stott: the Sebasteion at Aphrodisias
  104. Michael Wood: travelling with texts
  105. Derek McCann: Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus.
  106. Ellie Newman: the Historia Augusta
  107. Cressida Ryan: Sophocles and Lucretius
  108. Helen McVeigh: the Phaistos Disc
  109. Ben Cassell: Plutarch’s Life of Theseus
  110. Hannah Clements-Patrick: Martial’s epigram I.109
  111. Georgina Homer: Ovid’s Heroides 12, Medea to Jason
  112. Marika Strano: Seneca’s Apocolocyntosis
  113. Carolyn Perry: a portrait bust of Alexander
  114. Abigail Graham: Catullus
  115. Francesca Grilli: the Delphi Charioteer
  116. Lynn Gordon: a Latin textbook
  117. Connor Hickey: Sallust’s The War with Catiline
  118. Hardeep Dhindsa: an inscription from Pompeii
  119. Chiara Sulprizio: the Delphic maxims
  120. Jane Draycott: papyri and ostraca
  121. Angharad Derbyshire: Horace’s Satires I.5 and II.6
  122. Claire Millington: funerary monuments
  123. Anna P. Judson: a Linear B clay tablet from Pylos
  124. Barbara Roberts: Pompeian graffiti
  125. Sarah Cullinan Herring: Catullus 101
  126. Julie Levy: Sappho, Frogs and Senecan tragedy
  127. Anne Chafer: Book 6 of Homer’s Iliad
  128. Yentl Love: Sappho 31
  129. Ed Clarke: Catullus
  130. David Stuttard: Sappho 96 
  131. Josh Nudell: an inscription from Athens
  132. Steve O’Sullivan: Catullus 51
  133. Christian Cameron: Plato’s Charmides
  134. Charlie Pemberton: the Temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassai
  135. Megan Bowler: Virgil’s Georgics
  136. Tine Rassalle: the Horvat Kur stone
  137. Laura Aitken-Burt: the Athenian Acropolis
  138. Laura Frosdick: the Prima Porta statue
  139. Elizabeth Shepherd: the Lion Gate at Mycenae
  140. Chloë Griggs: Catullus
  141. Katrina Kelly: the Villa di Poppea
  142. A.E. Stallings: the Little Refugee
  143. Caroline K. Mackenzie: Lullingstone Roman Villa
  144. Peter Frankopan: the Alexiad
  145. Alexandra Sills: the Sondheim/Shevelove Frogs
  146. Louise O’Brien: Bes jars
  147. Shana Zaia: The Epic of Gilgamesh
  148. Carl Graves: the stela of Seped-Hor
  149. Karl Anthony Mercer: Agrippa and the Pantheon
  150. Jeremy J. Swist: Julian’s The Caesars
  151. Madeleine Chawner: ancient and modern mythologies
  152. Jeroen W.P. Wijnendaele: Ammianus Marcellinus
  153. Liv Mariah Yarrow: image databases
  154. Tim Kenny: Apollonius’ Argonautica
  155. Ronnais Lloyd: Sophocles’ Philoctetes
  156. Lucy Angel: the Sea Creatures Mosaic in Pompeii
  157. Katrina Moore: the Portico of Octavia
  158. Amber Taylor: Ovid, Metamorphoses 3
  159. Carly Silver: the pig stele of Edessa
  160. Kenneth Cameron: Virgil’s rural poetry
  161. Campbell Price: an offering table of Queen Tiye




Comfort Classics: An Anniversary

15 Weeks of Comfort Classics





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Comforting Classics in  Changing Times, The Royal Society of Arts

Comfort Classics – How the ancient world is providing solace for those in lockdown, Arts & Humanities in the time of COVID-19

Insights, Kallos Gallery Newsletter

Open Access Resources, Institute of Classical Studies

CAHA Recommends, University of Birmingham

Learning Resources, A Dynamic Reader

Greek epigram – and more – on Comfort Classics, Blogging Ancient Epigram

Multimedia, Flint Dibble

Find Comfort in the Classics, The University of Winnipeg