Category Archives: The Magpie’s Nest

Societies in Transition: Ancient and Modern Perspectives

On far-away shores, but a mini-conference of great interest at Macquarie University: Societies in Transition: Ancient and Modern Perspectives. Contributors will consider, in particular, the importance of networks in enabling resilience in ancient societies, with a keynote address – ‘Promised lands: Greek and … Continue reading

Posted in The Magpie's Nest | Leave a comment

Remarkable ancient Greek sites that still endure

A new list for the new year… Although it is a key contention of ours that the emphasis on the total ruin and complete collapse of cities through history is a misconception worth challenging (the fact is that civilisations tend to be much more … Continue reading

Posted in The Magpie's Nest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Malaria and the fall of Rome

It took a bit of digging (appropriately enough), but we found this BBC page that reviews work by Prof. David Soren (University of Arizona). Assessing remarkable remains from the large children’s cemetery found at Lugnano, Soren considers the impact a deadly epidemic might have had on the Eternal city as … Continue reading

Posted in The Magpie's Nest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CRISIS! The identification, analysis, & commemoration of crises in the ancient world

A parallel initiative to note is the forthcoming master class & one-day conference on Crisis, and the memory of crisis,  hosted by the University of Groningen’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture, Religion and Society of the Graeco-Roman World. On  February 5th & … Continue reading

Posted in The Magpie's Nest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ancient stories in the 2014 news

Straying slightly from our main theme, but perhaps it is appropriate to include a review of ‘ground-breaking’ archaeology stories that made the news in 2014. The story of cholera-plagued vampires is one highlight.

Posted in The Magpie's Nest | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rome – still the great beauty?

More on the difficulty of balancing ancient and modern – in Rome and beyond. A piece in The Independent prompted by recent complaints from Tommaso Pincio in/on the Eternal City. It also brought this story from 2010 to mind – ‘commercialising … Continue reading

Posted in The Magpie's Nest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Oldest City – 7,000 Years Young

The ‘truly ancient’ Phoenician city of Byblos (noted briefly in an earlier post). An excellent piece on piece on life in this beautiful Lebanese site – the challenges of living in an ‘age-old and modern’ city, 7,000 years old!

Posted in The Magpie's Nest | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The World’s 10 Riskiest Cities

Although this site is an ‘academic’ exercise, we must always remember the human stories behind the examples of endurance we note. Think of others and the hard lives so many lead – even still – as depicted in this piece … Continue reading

Posted in The Magpie's Nest | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Athens… Delphi… reflecting on ancient life

Athens and Delphi are not quite ‘lost’ cities, but Ben Lerwill (in a piece from the National Geographic) offers some reflections on modern life – and the achievements of the ancients – as he weaves his way around these legendary Greek sites.

Posted in The Magpie's Nest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Culture under attack… culture endures…

Well worth checking out UNESCO’s Culture Under Attack photo exhibition (May 12-June 15), which “shows the effects of war and armed conflict on cultural heritage”, but also highlights “the reconstruction efforts and the resilience of the people involved in saving … Continue reading

Posted in The Magpie's Nest | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment