Britain is essentially just a middling island off the coast of the continent. But it can be easy to lose sight of that in the context of with the Romans. Our thriving trade in classical reminiscing during the British Empire has ensured a huge amount of time money and effort is thrown into researching it.… Read More Little Britannia: Rome didn’t come for the weather.
How can we use spoken rather than written sources? History has to necessarily encapsulate a broad swathe of sources but can these oral ones be relied on? As Mike and the Mechanics put it so well: You don’t believe the information You don’t believe it when it’s denied So when you’re reading explanations You have… Read More If you believe in the word of mouth…
If you follow me on Twitter (a highly recommended form of procrastination), you will know that I recently had to express my indignation over an eavesdropped conversation. It went something like this: (names fabricated to protect the identity if the real people… and I can’t remember them). Scientist Bob: “Historical Dave. You study history. What is… Read More Crimes Against History.
I’m going to have to hold my hands up and say I had a proper geek-fan-history-buff last weekend. In the last remaining time before Summer starts really melting into Autumn. I’ve started trying to get things done. Primarily because, you are currently reading the blog of a self-confessed history geek who lived under an hour… Read More A word on pilgrimages and re-enactments
The season has started to settle into its heady Summer humidity, complete with spots of sunshine, cloud, rain and Wimbledon. If you are one of the many who have experienced the epic thunderstorms of the past week you also may have, like I, have felt some primeval and instinctive connection to the weather. With the… Read More
I have once again disappeared like an entire Roman legion into the Teutoburg Forrest, only myth and rumour and a desperate emperor bemoaning the loss… Only to spring back into blogging action. With characteristic melodrama. I won’t ask if you missed me… But rather update you on the exciting historical adventures of the graduate historian/archaeologist… Read More A long-awaited blog post.
If you are lucky enough to travel to Rome today you are greeted with the almost paradoxical world of ancient and modern, squished together into labyrinthine alley-ways, suddenly giving way to plaza-scapes filled with fountains monuments and flocks of tourists. The intoxicating and sometime stifling combination of modern buildings, pizzerias and ice-cream shops bustling round… Read More All Roads lead to Rome: But where the hell is my city A-Z?