Seeking the Sarmatians: A Trip to Brementennacum

A few months ago, at a restaurant in Central Edinburgh, I made the acquaintance of a family from ‘near Preston’. When I mentioned later in the conversation that I studied Classics they were more precise: Ribchester, a former Roman fort. Flash forward to last weekend and me and my long-suffering girlfriend are hopping on local… Read More Seeking the Sarmatians: A Trip to Brementennacum

Pandemic Perspectives Autumn Seminar Series 2021-22

I have the pleasure of co-organising not one, but two, excellent seminar series this academic year: The Postgraduate Research Seminars for the University of Edinburgh School of History, Classics and Archaeology and those of the Pandemic Perspectives group. While the former is generally for an internal audience (although do get in touch if you want… Read More Pandemic Perspectives Autumn Seminar Series 2021-22

‘One summer, then all of this is gone’: Lyrics, Lockdown, and Late Antiquity

‘Alright, well. I had a tracked version of this that we already mastered, and then it turned out there was a mysterious seven-and-a-half-second gap in the other one. All hail the mysterious gap!’ So opens track two of Songs for Pierre Chuvin, the eighteenth studio album by the American Alternative/Indie group The Mountain Goats. The… Read More ‘One summer, then all of this is gone’: Lyrics, Lockdown, and Late Antiquity

Snowflakes Beware: Review of Rodin and the art of ancient Greece at the British Museum

The British Museum, which traditionally uses its summer months to display a wide-ranging, easy-to-follow main exhibition focused on a topic popular with laymen both British and from abroad (cf Pompeii and Herculaneum, Ming Dynasty China and Vikings), seems to have gone a little off-piste this year. A display, I kid you not, curated by Ian… Read More Snowflakes Beware: Review of Rodin and the art of ancient Greece at the British Museum

Anti-clockwise; Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural at the Ashmolean Museum

As a grad student, I wrote a study of the Tiberius Cup, now in the Louvre, originally found in the silver hoard of a villa at Boscoreale, near Pompeii. The cup depicts a triumph of the (future) Emperor Tiberius, and is the only known realistic depiction of this archetypal Roman event in the whole corpus… Read More Anti-clockwise; Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural at the Ashmolean Museum