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Nov 20

The fantastical beasts of ancient Greece

Posted on Friday, November 20, 2015 in Petitions


We think of the Greeks as the orderly people who gave us drama, democracy and philosophy. But they had a dark side – revealed by the monsters in their art.

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Nov 2

NASA Adds to Evidence of Mysterious Ancient Earthworks

Posted on Monday, November 2, 2015 in Links


Satellite photographs from 430 miles above Kazakhstan reveal colossal geometric figures that remain puzzling and largely unknown.

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Sep 24

Ancient and modern: making 4,000-year-old music with a 21st-century twist

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015 in Links

Mesopotamian Stele

Asked if she fancied making ‘extreme early music’, Stef Conner couldn’t resist. Little did she realise how extreme. She explains how she has breathed life into a 4,000-year-old language

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Sep 18

Ancient manuscript pieced together after Cairo Museum find

Posted on Friday, September 18, 2015 in Links


The 2.5 metre, 4,000-year-old artefact, containing spells and depictions of gods, is both the longest and oldest leather manuscript from ancient Egypt.

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Aug 26

Ancient Greek palace unearthed near Sparta dates back to 17th century BC

Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in Links

Archaeologists discover palace with archaic inscriptions built during the Mycenaean period.

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Nov 28

Hi-tech schools rescuing an ancient language

Posted on Friday, November 28, 2014 in Links


Technology and education have a long, complicated and sometimes exaggerated relationship

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Oct 23

How did ancient Greek music sound?

Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Links

The music of ancient Greece, unheard for thousands of years, is being brought back to life by Armand D’Angour, a musician and tutor in classics at Oxford University.
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Aug 7

India’s ancient university returns to life

Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 in Links

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Jun 20


Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010 in Humanities

The first historic figure is the Roman emperor Trajan. When I was studying Ancient Culture and Society, he was always my favorite emperor. A seemingly good man, caught up in a difficult time. Ironically, though he seemed to have no taste for war and fighting, he was the Roman emperor credited with achieving the greatest expansion of the Roman empire. His life’s work has been documented on a monument in Rome, Trajan’s Column. There you can follow his career on what could be described as a sort of cartoon. In some images of Trajan he looks quite handsome. I imagine they are from his youth. So there you have him, one of the few Roman emperors about whom even the ancient Roman gossip columnists couldn’t find anything scandalous to say.


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