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05-02-2014 15:54

Dirk Obbink

New Poems by Sappho

Dirk Obbink appears in The Times Literary Supplement online. Why is the discovery important, what do the poems tell us about Sappho, and how do we know they are genuine?

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03-02-2014 15:22

Professor Christopher Pelling
Professor Pelling

Helping Latin in State Schools

The Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove announced today (3 February) that Professor Christopher Pelling of Oxford University ‘will be leading a brand new project in collaboration with several universities to develop top-quality professional development for non-specialist teachers of Classics, as the subject booms in the state sector’.

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29-01-2014 10:04


The Ideas That Make Us

The Ideas That Make Us is a returning Radio 4 series which reveals the history of the most influential ideas in the story of civilisation; ideas which continue to affect us all today. Historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes' BBC Radio 4 series is every day this week. All programmes will be available in perpetuity.

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22-01-2014 10:16

A tophet outside Carthage

Carthaginians sacrificed own children, archaeologists say

Just as ancient Greek and Roman propagandists insisted, the Carthaginians did kill their own infant children, burying them with sacrificed animals and ritual inscriptions in special cemeteries to give thanks for favours from the gods, according to a new study. Josephine Quinn's research appears in the guardian online.

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15-01-2014 14:44

Martin West

Martin West is awarded membership of the Order of Merit

It is with enormous pleasure that we learn of the award to Martin West of membership of the Order of Merit.

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20-12-2013 10:29

Unlocking the scrolls of Herculaneum

Today on the BBC website there is an article about The British Museum's 2013 show of artefacts from the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Could even greater treasures - including lost works of classical literature - still lie underground? Dirk Obbink is interviewed.

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