Tag Archives: Ancient World

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Those Visigoths…

A nice piece by Richard Cavendish on Alaric’s assault on Rome, from History Today (2010) – highlighting Prof. Peter Heather’s point that this attack ‘one of the most civilised sacks of any city ever witnessed’.

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Pompeii (2014)

This summer’s historical disaster movie of choice, Pompeii – enjoy it! At the very least, it should be a great discussion starter: Pompeii, ‘a place of corruption, a place of temptation?’ ‘No warning? No escape?’ Hmmm… The quick thoughts of the indefatigable Prof. Mary … Continue reading

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Telling the human story of Pompeii and Herculaneum

2013’s wonderful  Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition at the British Museum, detailing the ordinary lives of those in Herculaneum and Pompei, both destroyed in AD 79.

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Herculaneum: the unknown city

More last year’s Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition at the British Museum. Vanessa Baldwin, exhibition curator, on the forgotten city of Herculaneum.

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