In defence of the Humanities

Robin Osborne brought to my attention the newly launched petition in defence of the humanities here, accessible via http://humanitiesmatter.wordpress.com/ with the hope that many classicists will sign up to this. It looks like a group of academics already took the initiative in the UK to defend the Humanities subjects across our universities. It is a worthy cause and ought to be honoured. If you wish, you can also leave a donation for the website but it is not compulsory. »

Teaching Humanities

I received the following message a few days ago and I thought I should pass it on. It concerns all permanent and non permanent members of staff in British Unviersities. “http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-11627843 Teaching grants for degree courses in arts, humanities and social sciences at England’s universities are likely to be phased out under government plans. Giving evidence to MPs, Universities Minister David Willetts suggested these courses would be funded wholly via tuition ... »

Classics and Imperialism

“The Petrie Museum has recently reopened its doors after a refurbishment and has several events taking place from next week on: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/whats-on/petrie_listings Of particular relevance to classicists is this event – it is helpful to book first via events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk: CLASSICS AND IMPERIALISM IN THE BRITISH EMPIRE: TALK AND BOOK LAUNCH Date: 21 October | Time: 18.00 – 19.30 Event starts at 18.30. Mark Bradley introduces a new book which brings together ... »

Institute of Historical Research Postgraduate Courses

Each year the IHR, University of London runs a wide-ranging and extensive programme of training in skills for historical researchers from universities throughout the UK. Using a range of teaching approaches (workshops, seminars, lectures, hands-on practicals and visits), important and specialised skills are explained and explored by expert practitioners. Courses are short (from one day to one term), cover the whole range of necessary skills – from archival use and languages to databases an... »

Back on track! Hopefully…

For the past few weeks I have not been feeling very well. Nothing fatal, I assure you. However, the situation was such that it was impossible for me to concentrate on the blog, or, in fact, anything else. In the meantime, there is a great backlog of news, competitions and articles that need to be posted. If I start today, I hope that I will be able to go through them over the next couple of weeks. If I disappear from cyberspace, please, do not worry too much! I am not dead. Just temporarily inca... »

Performing classicists

I found the following announcement absolutely fascinating. It is a chance for classicists who love ancient theater to participate in a collaborative project with other professionals. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain a deeper understand of the practical aspects of ancient performances. At the same time, classicists could gain substantial experience in different fields, such as acting, directing e.t.c. Even though I participated in such performances during my undergraduate years, under the ... »

Vote YES for Greek Language learning

The Guardian Comment-is-Free is running a poll about the usefullness of the ancient Greek language. If you are a passionate lover of everything ancient (as I am), please, vote YES today! “The beauty of classics Greek lessons will be introduced in the classrooms of inner-city schools to help primary children from deprived backgrounds improve their English. Is this a good idea? VOTE! http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/poll/2010/jul/30/language-schooladmissions Is learning classical Gree... »

East End Artist and Greek Mythology

“An East London artist presents his first solo show on the theme of Greek Mythology at the Hellenic Centre in central London. Alan Osborne’s exhibition, Elysium in the modern world, uses geometrical and solid abstract forms to make historical events, stories and myths from the ancient Greek era come alive in a contemporary context. Greek Mythology is a theme that has been interpreted by renowned artists throughout history including Picasso, Raphael and Rubens. Alan’s project is a unique an... »

Radiotaxi for Ancient Historians, Archaeologists and Anthropologists

Due to the current economic crisis, some Greeks decided to promote a new Radio taxi service in Athens. It is cheap, ethical and environmental friendly. When you visit the city, do not hesitate to take a ride! Citation: Enet (eleutherotypia), Maria Mystakidou, ‘De tha pethanoume pote… Koufala DNT’ http://www.enet.gr/?i=news.el.ellada&id=178311 »

Ancient History Competition 26

Since Manolis forgot all about me, I decided to set up another question. This is for dedicated specialists to the subject. In the Hellenistic period, what would the civic authorities do in order to consol the families who were in mourning, because of the loss of a family member? I know at least two researchers who would know the answer, Riet van Bremen and Charlotte Roueche (hint!). »

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