Comfort Classics

What makes you feel better when times are hard? In this series of interviews from the lockdowns of 2020-21, Classics enthusiasts share the sources from the Ancient World which comfort and inspire them.





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. Shana Zaia: The Epic of Gilgamesh
  147. Carl Graves: the stela of Seped-Hor
  148. Karl Anthony Mercer: Agrippa and the Pantheon
  149. Jeremy J. Swist: Julian’s The Caesars
  150. Madeleine Chawner: ancient and modern mythologies
  151. Jeroen W.P. Wijnendaele: Ammianus Marcellinus
  152. Liv Mariah Yarrow: image databases
  153. Tim Kenny: Apollonius’ Argonautica
  154. Ronnais Lloyd: Sophocles’ Philoctetes
  155. Lucy Angel: the Sea Creatures Mosaic in Pompeii
  156. Katrina Moore: the Portico of Octavia
  157. Amber Taylor: Ovid, Metamorphoses 3
  158. Carly Silver: the pig stele of Edessa
  159. Kenneth Cameron: Virgil’s rural poetry
  160. 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