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Ancient Athenian Finances, with David Pritchard

Dr David Pritchard of the University of Queensland returns to CC to talk about his latest book Public Spending and Democracy in Classical Athens. David’s book settles a 200-year-old debate about the funding priorities of Athenian democracy. His book calculates the real costs of religion, politics, and war in order to demonstrate what the ancient Athenians…

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Caesar’s Strokes and the Fate of an Empire… with Francesco Maria Galassi and Hutan Ashrafian

This week CC went to London’s Hammersmith Hospital to talk to the authors of a new study published in the journal Neurological Sciences. Medical doctors Francesco Maria Galassi and Hutan Ashrafian tell us why they think that Julius Caesar suffered from a series of mini-strokes in his later life – and why we should probably discount the traditional retrospective diagnosis of his…

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Classic Raps, with T.H.M. Gellar-Goad

CC’s Anastasia Bakogianni talks with T.H.M. Gellar-Goad (Wake Forest University) about how he incorporates rap music into his teaching practice. Ted tells us how he uses his students’ familiarity with rap songs to facilitate their study of difficult topics such as gender, sex, and rape in Roman elegy, satire and comedy. Follow this link to watch our interview, and…

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Feedback time!

Dear Classics Confidential followers, We launched Classics Confidential in March 2010, so we are fast approaching our five year anniversary. Today, we’re looking towards the future and thinking about how to improve the site – so we need your help! We’ve set up a short online survey, and we’d be hugely grateful if you could spare…

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Exploring Roman Dress, with Ursula Rothe

This afternoon we filmed an interview with Dr Ursula Rothe, Baron Thyssen Lecturer in Classical Studies at The Open University, about her research on Roman dress. What did people in the Roman provinces wear? How did dress styles change over time? And why do we tend to refer to ancient clothing using the term ‘dress’ rather than…