Rachael Durkin, Edinburgh Napier University In 1887, Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, was published after a long period of rejections. The detective finally made … Continue Reading Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Forged Stradivari: Did We Miss a Vital Clue For 130 Years?
Roger Wotton, UCL Fantastic creatures have fascinated humans for thousands of years. When a new skeleton of the extinct horned mammal Elasmotherium sibiricum was discovered recently, its common name –the … Continue Reading When Myth Meets Reality: Fabled Beasts and Real-Life Creatures
Chris Mackie, La Trobe University The Odyssey of Homer is a Greek epic poem that tells of the return journey of Odysseus to the island of Ithaca from the war … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: Homer’s Odyssey
Jose Antonio Gonzalez Zarandona, Deakin University and Cristina Garduño Freeman, University of Melbourne Scrolling through news of the Notre Dame fire on social media feeds was like watching a real-time … Continue Reading Why Are We so Moved by the Plight of the Notre Dame?
Claire Smith, Flinders University and Jordan Ralph, Flinders University The destruction of Notre Dame cathedral is lamentable. A wonderful icon has been largely destroyed by fire. However, we should not … Continue Reading Don’t Despair About Notre Dame – a Rebuilt Cathedral Could Be Just as Wonderful
Tanika Koosmen, University of Newcastle The werewolf is a staple of supernatural fiction, whether it be film, television, or literature. You might think this snarling creature is a creation of … Continue Reading The Ancient Origins of Werewolves
Maria Haley, University of Leeds For centuries, when people thought of witches, they were evil or possessed by evil demons: think of the Salem witch trials or the 16th and … Continue Reading From Ancient Rome to Hollywood: Witches as Figures of Fun
Frances Di Lauro, University of Sydney Abandon all hope, ye who enter here! So warns the inscription on the gates of the inferno, the first realm of Dante Alighieri’s celebrated … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: Dante’s Divine Comedy
Sam George, University of Hertfordshire Vampires have a contested history. Some claim that the creatures are “as old as the world”. But more recent arguments suggest that our belief in … Continue Reading How long have we believed in vampires?
Sam George, University of Hertfordshire The story of Count Dracula as many of us know it was created by Bram Stoker, an Irishman, in 1897. But most of the action … Continue Reading Older Than Dracula: In Search of the English Vampire
Tim Shephard, University of Sheffield Did you once put a poster of your favourite music artist on your bedroom wall? Are there a few faded gig T-shirts in your bottom … Continue Reading Band Posters of the Renaissance: How Medieval Music Fans Showed Off Their Taste
Chris Mackie, La Trobe University The Aeneid by the Roman poet Virgil is an epic poem in 12 books that tells the story of the foundation of Rome from the … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: Virgil’s Aeneid
James Kierstead, Victoria University of Wellington Last November, I ran my first marathon, the “Athens Authentic”. I did it mainly because I wanted to follow in the footsteps of the … Continue Reading The Uncertain Origins of the Modern Marathon
John Attridge, UNSW Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness – or “The Heart of Darkness”, as it was known to its first readers – was first published as a serial in … Continue Reading How Conrad’s Imperial Horror Story Heart of Darkness Resonates With our Globalised Times
In Power U.S. President: Ronald Reagan Soviet Chairman: Konstantin Chernenko British Prime Minister: Margaret Thatcher U.S. Box-Office Number One Film Police Academy Starring: Steve Guttenberg Kim Cattrall Bubba Smith George … Continue Reading Retro: This Week in 1984
Caillan Davenport, Macquarie University and Shushma Malik, The University of Queensland After gorging on a feast of sausages, blood pudding, young sow’s udder, sea bream, lobster, mullet, Attic honey, and … Continue Reading Mythbusting Ancient Rome – The Truth About the Vomitorium