Multilingualism and Diversity in Antiquity, with Rachel Mairs

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The ancient world was incredibly diverse, and many different languages were spoken. To learn more about ancient languages, CC’s Anastasia visited the URE Museum at the University of Reading to talk to Dr Rachel Mairs about her work on the Corpus of Ptolemaic Inscriptions project based at Oxford University.

Watch our interview to learn more about the different languages spoken in the streets of an ancient Egyptian city!

Living Democracy, with Paul Cartledge

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This week Jessica went to Clare College, Cambridge, to interview Professor Paul Cartledge about his new book Democracy: A Life (Oxford University Press).

What was ancient Greek democracy like? How was that model transformed in later eras? And what does the future hold for democracy? Watch our interview to find out!

You can also listen to another recent discussion of the book on ELECTION (the Cambridge Politics Podcast).

And you’ll find an early review of the book on the Los Angeles Review of Books website.

 

A Revolutionary “Persians”, with Gonda Van Steen

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In the second interview filmed on location in Cyprus, CC’s Anastasia caught up again with Gonda Van Steen. Gonda talks to us about a forgotten adaptation of Aeschylus’ Persians, infused with the revolutionary spirit of the Greek War of Independence (1821-32).

Watch our interview to learn more about this unjustly neglected version of the famous Greek tragedy. With many thanks to Stefano Moschini for his technical assistance.

 

Follow this link to the interview !

The Eumenides Project, with Vayos Liapis and Maria Pavlou

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Filmed on location on the beautiful island of Cyprus, CC’s Anastasia talks to Vayos Liapis and Maria Pavlou about the Eumenides research project. Vayos and Maria tell us about the project’s investigation of the reception of ancient tragedy in modern Greek poetry and theatre, which inspired a conference at their institutional home, the Open University of Cyprus.

Follow this link to watch our interview!

Exploring Byzantine History, with Maria Mavroudi

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Maria Mavroudi is Professor of History and Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the interaction between Byzantium and the Arabic-speaking world, translations from Arabic into Greek, and the transmission of science (especially its occult variety) during the Middle Ages.
This month, she visited Istanbul for the opening of a new research centre at Boğaziçi University, delivering an inaugural lecture on “Byzantine Philosophy and Science at the Court of Mehmed The Conqueror”.
This interview for Classics Confidential was filmed the day after the talk, and introduces us to some of the most important debates about Byzantine historiography and heritage.

Follow this link to watch the interview!

Classical Mythology on Television, with Amanda Potter

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CC’s Anastasia caught up with Dr Amanda Potter, Visiting Research Fellow at The Open University to talk about viewer reception. Amanda tells us about her innovative doctoral research project, which focuses on audience response to the reception of Greek and Roman myths in two television shows; Xena Warrior Princess (1995-2001) and Charmed (1998-2006).

Watch our interview to learn what classicists, fans of the shows and the general public thought about the reception of classical myth in these series.

A Dea Nutrix Figurine from Baldock, with Gil Burleigh

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In 1988 archaeologists discovered an extraordinary 4th-century AD infant burial in the town of Baldock in Hertfordshire. The associated finds included a clay figurine of a nursing goddess – the so-called ‘Dea Nutrix’ – who is depicted sitting on a throne feeding two infants, presumably twins. Gil Burleigh (grb@gilburleigh29.plus.com) was part of the team who found the statuette, and in this film he talks us through her iconography and possible meanings.

Follow this link to watch the interview, which was recorded during the Hitchin Girls’ School Classics Week.

(And if you’d like more information about the statuette, the full report of the excavation can be found in the 2006 issue of the journal Britannia.).