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.
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
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?
If you count yourself as an inhabitant of the UK you may well have spent a proportion of the last month (at the very least) clinging onto an umbrella of apathy while politicians encourage a deluge of media reports, party political broadcasts and those glossy leaflets you find by your front door. What feels like demokratia –… Read More Demokratia in your face
If you’re one of the people flocking to Leicester over this week you will be able to appreciate the magnetic pull of human remains being paraded through the street in a small wooden box. The draw of an individual famous perhaps more because of his notoriety and penchant for nepoticide than anything else. Richard III… Read More The return of a King?
You may have noticed my rather prolonged absence from the ways of the WordPress blog. I contracted a rather interesting variety of tonsillitis and am claiming this as a legitimate excuse to have been kept from the blogosphere. But the latest news that has been filtering its way to us deserves attention. We have been… Read More Thousands of Years: Gone in One Day
Last night, having enjoyed my evening meal (lasagne, thank you for asking) prepared in my centrally heated house. I settled down with a chilled glass of wine to passively entertain myself before the all engrossing deity of evening activities, the television. Like many of us 21st century homo-sapiens, particularly armchair archaeologists, we observe from afar… Read More 10,000 B.C. Experimental Archaeology into the history of human folly…