Recently I asked on a Facebook group their recommendations for Roman inspired fiction books. The results were overwhelming. With over 285 comments to date, with many more to come in I'm sure. The group is called Roman History and boasts over 25k members. I knew it would be the right place to ask. Even a … Continue reading The draw of fiction to a Classical mind
The second half of this year has been pretty difficult for me. Some of it, personal reasons, some being my Classical Studies MA starting. This has meant that some of my projects, including this blog have taken abit of a backseat. My MA is going really well, I find the materials and questions engaging, and … Continue reading It’s a student’s life for me
A few months ago I received an E-mail from The Surrey History Centre, looking for volunteer newspaper indexers to help them with a new project. They are looking at the role of women from Surrey in the suffragette movement. I didn't even know what a newspaper indexer was, but I knew I wanted to be … Continue reading March of the Women
People often think that historians must be great at memorising dates, and have a catalogue of chronologies in their brain they can recall at any given moment. Whilst yes, we are good at memorising dates, this isn't the most important part of studying History. For example, I could tell you; The Battle of Bosworth field … Continue reading When? Who? What? WHY?!
Antigone is a play by the Athenian playwright Sophocles, written in the 5th Century BC. It is set in Thebes in the aftermath of a civil war. Two brothers died on either side of the divide. The new king, Creon forbade anyone to give proper funeral rites to Polynices, the opposing brother; whilst giving full … Continue reading The role of women in Ancient Athens and how Antigone challenges it.
Much to your disappointment this post is not about the historical accuracy of Plebs. In March 2018 I took the family to Fishbourne Roman Palace, near Chichester. The 3 of us had a fantastic time. Fishbourne is famous for the beautiful mosaics which have been discovered there. In fact, we had such a good time, … Continue reading SALVE GRUMIO
I bet you want to know why I gathered you all here today. I guess an introduction is probably necessary. I have a BA in History and I am hopefully starting an MA in Classical Studies in October. This blog is a way for me to talk about anything I am reading, places I … Continue reading The FatBloke’s Journey Begins