I’m pleased to announce that I have a piece in this month’s Omnibus magazine. This schools’ Classics magazine is published by the Classical Association, and you can find out more on their website. I’ve not actually had my copy yet, but I’m told it looks something like this!
My piece is on ‘Women in their own words in ancient Italy’. It’s based partly on this blogpost about two women writing their names on a tile in two different languages, but there’s some other stuff in there too.
In upcoming events, I’m also looking forward to speaking on a public panel as part of a series of lectures called ‘Understanding the Past in the 21st Century‘. These panels have been organised jointly between History Today and the Institute of Historical Research. My panel, ‘History Beyond Borders’ will look issues of language and history, from the ancient world to the modern day; I was really please to be invited after my HT piece on languages in the Roman Empire last year. Here’s the blurb:
‘If you want to study anything more than the sewer system of 19th-century Manchester’, warns the historian Geoffrey Parker, ‘you need to learn languages.’ But language learning in the UK, both modern and ancient, is in crisis. Historians examine the relationship between history, languages and the appreciation of other cultures and consider ways to address the problem. Featuring panellists Edith Hall, Daniel Beer & Katherine McDonald
All are welcome to come and talk about language and history, 17th May, 6.30-8pm! You can buy tickets here.