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Plum: Comedy and Tragedy

”Sir Jasper Finch-Farrowmere?” Said Wilfred.                                                                                                            “ffinch-farrowmere,” Corrected the visitor, his sensitive ear detecting the capitals.’

 When I was about eight, my mother, in an attempt to wean me away from my obsession with detective fiction introduced me to the world of Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, creator of the Bertie Wooster and Blandings Castle novels (amongst others). It was rather like, as the man himself might put it, trying to cure an alcoholic by introducing him to brandy.

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Imitation, Imagery and Alexander Pope

On the title page of William Mason’s 1747  “Musaeus, a Monody on the Death of Mr. Pope” is an engraving that neatly encapsulates both the accompanying poem and the high regard with which Alexander Pope’s body of work was, and still is, held: the goddess Diana holds Pope’s expiring body, her left arm melodramatically raised to the skies in mourning, while a triumvirate of English poets - Milton, Chaucer, and Spencer - bewail his death and prepare to welcome their equal into heaven.

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Eye to Eye: Polychrome in the Age of Augustus

To begin, I would like to introduce you to a statuette – or at least what is left of it: We know remarkably little about this piece of art.

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Animating Ancient Vases

Learning about ancient vases has just got more interesting.  For hundreds of years, people have been collecting and studying ancient vases, fascinated by the amazing and often beautiful images that decorate them.   Some people like the scenes of sport or combat, some people prefer the parties and musicians, there are those that like mythical scenes of gods and heroes, and some people like the everyday scenes of farming, weaving, or learning lessons.   Whatever the scene, people love these vase images, in which ancient Greeks look as if they are freeze-framed in the middle of what they’re doing.  

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Translation for Theatre

Would a rose by any other name sound as sweet? Emma Cole explains the issues and themes surrounding the translation of text for performance:






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Herodotus Earth: the ancient world in google

We live in exciting times. Digital technology is fast revolutionising the ways in which we are communicating with each other and how we are seeing the world – often quite literally. With the internet easily available on your Blackberry or iphone, including GIS web-mapping features, we seem now to have the whole world at our fingertips. But these applications aren’t restricted to the modern world: they can have a role too in bringing the ancient world to life.

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Sex Games: Power and the Birth of a Genre in Rome

Verona, Northern Italy, 84BCE saw the birth of the poet who was to give life to one of the most controversial genres of Latin poetry, erotic elegy, the genre more standardly associated with Tibullus, Propertius and Ovid. Catullus was born into a wealthy provincial family with connections to the aristocratic circles of Rome, not least to Julius Caesar himself. The family had enough money for this young Roman not to have to worry about petty things like earn a living and to be able to devote himself to poetry: passionate, provocative, derisive, sad, angry, political, and erotic in equal measure.

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