It is clearly dissertation time again as I find myself becoming strangely, and firmly, attached to historical/philosophical theorists who are long since dead. And this time the poor soul whose work is making its way onto my pile of master-debatory … Continue reading →
* Now I will openly admit that this is something of a onesided piece of banter as Catullus’ nymphomanic ex-lover Lesbia does not appear to have indulged in any (surviving) rhetorical exercises. Indeed she may not have even existed! As I … Continue reading →
Hello! So I left this blog over a week ago with a post stating that I was beginning a new series of posts called ‘The History of Banter’ …and then silence… I swear I am not just being flaky though, I … Continue reading →
Well this begins a new series of posts I plan on doing entitled ‘The History of Banter’ or, perhaps more appropriately, ‘Rhetoric and invective in literary quarrels’. So the plan is to write about some of the classic bust-ups, bitchiness … Continue reading →
As I’m taking ample advantage of the beeeeautiful weather here, drinking Pimms, eating crusty baguette (ooh the snobbery) and planning my next few posts, I just thought I’d do a quick one advertising that I am giving a talk! Tomorrow! … Continue reading →
Hello! Again essays, essays, essays (and excuses, excuses, excuses) so another reblog…of an entire blog – and this one is INSPIRED! (literally) Started by Adrian Hon (a games producer, a story producer, a scientist, and an all round smart chappy … Continue reading →
In November 2007, during a routine archaeological excavation in advance of building work in Beau Street, Bath (a stone’s throw from the famous Roman Baths themselves), archaeologists came upon what was clearly a very large number of coins contained within a cist (a stone-lined box). Upon further excavation, they quickly came to realise they were looking at one of the largest coin hoards found in the UK…
As I made the highly intelligent decision of creating this blog during a period of epic procrastination from essay writing, I am now in a position where I am too busy and frazzled to commit to in-depth posts at the moment. So instead I thought I'd reblog this wonderful article from The British Museum Blog about the Beau Street Hoard of coins discovered in Bath. Being a numismatist in the making, this has really peaked my interest and I'm excited to see that Richard Abdy (Curator of Roman Coins & Medals at BM - see his staff profile here) is involved with the project. I was lucky enough to attend a talk by Richard at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts (lucky as its part of my university) to coincide with their latest numismatics exhibit - Cityscapes: Panoramic Views on Coins and Medals - and he is a world-leading numismatist and truly interesting man. I may hopefully (fingers, toes and other extremities crossed) be working with him and the department for a few weeks this Summer, so I can question him persistently and annoyingly about the Hoard!
Now back to Nero and the rhetoric of the grotesque!
Just a quick post to say you’ve inspired this little manatee… …to grow a moustache! Helen p.s. everybody should check out her blog (swonderfulsmarvellous.wordpress.com)! If she can get me to sport a ‘tache then who knows what else she can … Continue reading →
I will start with by issuing my unashamed apologies – this post; the first official post relating to anything historically significant; this the post that will surely set the pattern for which all future posts will follow; … Continue reading →
Hello and welcome to what I hope will be my first (successful) attempt at a history blog! I originally had this on Tumblr but after 3 posts and months of inactivity I somewhat gave up on it but now that summer is approaching I am determined – and I MEAN determined – to get the ball rolling again and actually start writing things that aren’t demanded of me to pass my degree.