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Blog by Gillian Hovell, The Muddy Archaeologist

Oedipus the King. BBC Radio 3 9pm Sunday 27 Feb 2017

Catch this BBC Radio 3 drama this evening at 9pm if you can. Christopher Eccleston stars in Sophocles’ great ‘Oedipus the King’. It sounds like it might be quirky, but … Continue reading

February 26, 2017 · 2 Comments

Cicero, the Greatest Orator

Perhaps you’re reading Robert Harris’ marvellous trilogy on Cicero (Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator), after getting them for Christmas?  It’s a wonderful insight into an astonishing time in history, when the … Continue reading

January 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Seamus Heaney’s Book VI of the Aeneid BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week

There’s a treat this week on Radio 4 for fans of Classical Literature. This week from 7th March 2016, Radio 4’s Book of the Week will be Seamus Healey’s translation of … Continue reading

March 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’ Book 11: Orpheus & Midas

Book 11 of Ovid’s Metamorphoses begins as a continuation of Orpheus’ story from the previous book/scroll/volumen.  This book carries the narrative through the contrast/parallels for the cult of Orpheus (Orphism) … Continue reading

February 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cicero and Oratory

Public speaking is a challenging skill requiring multi-tasking and it has always been this way.  During a course on Cicero that I’m leading, we explored what this greatest of orators … Continue reading

January 30, 2016 · 4 Comments

Classical Mythology: A Taste of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

I’m teaching a course on Classical Mythology and thought you might like a sample of one of the books of  Ovid’s great epic poem, the ‘Metamorphoses’.  Ovid claimed to have … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cicero, the Greatest Orator: Meet the Man

I’m leading a course about Cicero, the great Roman orator and statesman,  in Ripon this term.  If you’re near Ripon, it’s not too late to book a place and join us (we’ve only … Continue reading

January 18, 2016 · Leave a comment