New Module: Language in Greek and Roman Society

This is the first week of teaching at Exeter, so I’m putting the finishing touches on my first few lectures and seminars of the year. Since both of the undergrad modules AND the MA mini-module I’m teaching this year are all brand new courses that I’m writing and teaching single-handedly, it’s been a busy few weeks.…

Reitia on the CREWS blog

I’m really pleased that Venetic and the goddess Reitia have been included on the CREWS project blog. Many thanks to Pippa Steele for writing this post, making such good use of my photos (and Anna’s delicious cake). As Pippa points out, Venetic gives us lots of important and unparalleled evidence for how people learned to…

Moving Romans

Around the time of the EU referendum, I wrote a review of Moving Romans: Migration to Rome in the Principate by Laurens E. Tacoma. Ancient migration has been very prominent in my work recently: the Greek in Italy project just hosted a conference on ancient migration and mobility in May this year, and  this book helped…

Mauss, Oscan and translation problems

I mentioned over here that there were some mentions of Oscan in Marcel Mauss’s The Gift, and also that there were some problems with some of the English translations of this essay. I thought I’d expand on this year, in case anyone happens to be reading The Gift and wants to know a bit more about…

Ancient languages and John Wilkins’s Real Character

I mentioned that at Geoff Fest last week I gave a paper on the “reception” of Oscan – mainly consisting of mentions of Oscan in slightly unexpected contexts from the sixteenth century onwards. One of those instances was in An Essay towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language, written by John Wilkins in 1668. Wilkins was a…

Exchange in the Mediterranean

The new book Échanger en Méditerranée: Acteurs, pratiques et normes dans les mondes anciens turned up in my pigeon hole this week – and I’m thrilled to see it in physical form at last! I was also sent some beautifully produced physical off-prints of my chapter – I haven’t seen one of them in ages, and they look…