Talk: Reitia and the epigraphic habit of Este

This Wednesday, I am giving the Classics and Ancient History research seminar at Exeter. The paper will be based on brand new research I have been doing on the dedications to the goddess Reitia at Este. Here is the abstract: The epigraphic culture of the Veneto region is full of contrasts, particularly between its two…

Barefaced Greek

This week I was excited to see the release of the first film by new company Barefaced Greek – and even more excited to see that the film was the opening speech of Aeschylus’ Agamemnon. In their own words, Barefaced Greek is “a new initiative to create digital educational resources for the study of Classics and…

Books for 2017

This time last year, I set myself a reading challenge for 2016. My goal was to expand my horizons a bit, and discover authors and genres I might otherwise miss out on. You can see the original challenge list here – I think over all I did well, both in covering the items on the…

Happy end-of-term!

It’s the end of the last week of term here in Exeter, and we’ve had a whole host of fun end-of-term things: the Classics Christmas Ball run by the Classics Society, a staff Christmas party, and a Christmas quiz with my third-year linguists (with impressive Greek-themed baking, pictured below – many thanks to Abi!). I’ve…

New Resource: Questions for Academic Job Interviews

It’s (just about) getting to the time of year when people are having job interviews for next academic year. I’ve had a few interviews over the past few years, some successful and some not, but I always found the best resources for interview preparation online. For example, an important idea that I took away from…

Review: Harry Potter and the Classical World

My review of Harry Potter and the Classical World by Richard A. Spencer is now online at the Classics for All online reading room. As you can tell from the review, I enjoyed this book great deal! It goes into an incredible amount of detail about the Classical allusions in the Harry Potter series – perhaps…

Arrival – Linguists save the earth

Language is a problem for sci-fi. In any story involving contact with alien peoples or human civilisations from the distant future, there has to be a mechanism for understanding what everyone else is talking about, or most plots will never get off the ground. In Star Trek, you have the linguist Uhura, who has already presumably put…