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On the death of the friendly pig. A tale of tragedy and disappointment, both ancient and modern

Like, I suspect, most people interested in the ancient world I’m a keen reader of Mary Beard’s blog “It’s a Don’s Life”. This week my imagination was captured by a puzzle she posed her readers – the interpretation of a grave stele from Roman Macedonia which… 1,470 more words

Ancient History

On ancient cities as museums

One of the few work-related advantages of living in a small village nine miles away from Oxford is that the forty-minute bus trip each morning and evening gives me a lot of time for reading. 1,725 more words

Ancient History

What did the Greeks - and what do we – understand about economics?

One of the many, many words that the English language owes to ancient Greek is “economics”. The irony here is that the Greeks (or the Romans for that matter) had no understanding whatsoever of economics as we understand it today. 2,361 more words

Ancient History

A (belated) GIS report: 13/2/15

Belated salutations! At last, I get round to writing up last week’s GIS. Technically it’s before today’s has happened, so I call that just about acceptable. 746 more words

Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

Dr Tiziana D'Angelo at the Queens' Classics Society: Silent Mourners in Ancient Apulia

While snow settled around the magisterial courts of Queens’ College on Monday night (2nd February), inside Dr Tiziana D’Angelo treated the Classics society to a sunnier Mediterranean experience, as she addressed the society on Hellenistic funerary rites in Southern Italy. 173 more words


Buried in the heart of the city - tombs, benefactors and heroes in Roman Greece

One of the most impressive Roman period monuments still to be seen in modern day Athens is the so-called Philopappos monument. This two-storey structure of Pentelic marble – the same local stone that was used to build the Parthenon – was constructed in the early 2nd century AD as a tomb for an eastern prince who had made his home in the city. 2,476 more words

Ancient History

Roman Argos - heroic tombs and an identity crisis

“The Greeks who dispute most the Athenian claim to antiquity and the gifts they say they have received from the gods are the Argives” (Pausanias 1.14.2 – mid 2nd Century AD) 2,202 more words

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