Graeae The Graeae, also known as the ‘Old Women’, Enyo, Pephredo, and Dino, were born of Phorcys and Ceto, and sisters of the Gorgons. These three monsters had never known youth, as they were born old, and share one eye and one tooth between them. When Perseus was on his mission to slay Medusa, it […]

Before you assume I’m so out of touch with the world that I don’t know what day it is, I’ll reassure you that I do in fact know it’s Friday, but I was busy yesterday. (Perhaps ‘Feology Friday’ would have been more apt?) This weeks godly instalment will be the birth of my second-favourite goddess, Athene […]

Isn’t it strange that, though many pretty advanced civilisations had existed (the Egyptians, the Persians, the Minoans, the Myceneans etc.), before about 450 BC, no one had written a history? Though these civilisations had passed down story and myth through long oral traditions and art, history had never been recorded in the way we know it before […]

My favourite thing (and most other people’s) about Classics is the mythology; it’s a whole new world of supernatural powers, competition and power-struggles. I thought it might be a good idea to start ‘Theology Thursday’ where I’ll publish a different story about one of the Greek and Roman gods each week. By the time I […]

In a culture where status and image were so closely connected, hairstyles were given much attention. After the success of Alexander the Great, his famously wild curls became a popular style in Rome. The hairstyles of the emperors similarly created fashions, which really helps in dating statues and busts. The first line of emperors after […]

Over the last few decades, it seems (finally!) that we are beginning to drop the assumption that Roman art is unoriginal and merely parasitic upon Greek art, and give it a bit more attention. This is great news, because it is a fascinating area! To me, it is immensely interesting that, from a fragment of […]

Art was immensely important to the Romans. It wasn’t, as it is today, an optional interest, but a fully integrated societal tool, which would be used to demonstrate one’s wealth, enhance one’s political power, and help one to gain the favour of the gods. I have been studying Roman art for a good few weeks now, […]

I wouldn’t usually write so late, but this book deserves a special mention. I could be forgiven for assuming, before starting Oroonoko that I would not connect with it greatly; it was published over three hundred years ago (1688), and is set in Surinam, a place I know almost nothing about. Sound fair? But I challenge anyone […]