Armand D’Angour, University of Oxford In 1932, the musicologist Wilfrid Perrett reported to an audience at the Royal Musical Association in London the words of an unnamed professor of Greek … Continue Reading Ancient Greek Music: Now We Finally Know What It Sounded Like
Caillan Davenport, Macquarie University Our lives run on Roman time. Birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and public holidays are regulated by Pope Gregory XIII’s Gregorian Calendar, which is itself a modification of … Continue Reading Explainer: Where Do The Names of Our Months Come From?
Evelien Bracke, Swansea University Though it may seem as if Halloween is a modern con trick designed to get us spending our hard-earned cash on an American celebration, this is … Continue Reading How The Ancient World Invoked The Dead to Help the Living
Margaret Clunies Ross, University of Sydney Icelanders love books, both reading and writing them, and in recent years translations of contemporary Icelandic literature have made it into bookshops and literary … Continue Reading Guide to the classics: The Icelandic Saga
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