Riding the Snail

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As part of the project on Hero of Alexandria and his Theatrical Automata, I’ve been looking at the history of automata in Greek and Roman antiquity. As well as Hero’s treatise, there are occasional brief references to devices that may (or perhaps may not be) automata. The evidence is tantalising and gives hints about how… Continue reading

Workshop “Constructing Identities in Antiquity and Early Middle Ages”

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As part of my research project on Gaza in late antiquity, I am organising, together with my colleagues Maijastina Kahlos and Katja Ritari, a one-day workshop on the construction and representation of identities from antiquity to the Middle Ages. Venue: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Fabianinkatu 24, room 136 Time: Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 9am… Continue reading

Bits and Pieces of Roman Public Speech

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One of the research projects currently underway in Classics at Glasgow is looking at the fragments of Roman oratory from the Republican period. This project (‘The Fragments of the Republican Roman Orators, www.frro.gla.ac.uk), funded by the European Research Council, aims to gather and make sense of all the evidence for public speech in the Republican… Continue reading

An exciting manuscript re-discovery in the field of Latin moral sayings

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Who says that working on Latin manuscripts and moral sayings is a dull pursuit? For about six years now I have been travelling to Italy, Germany, and France to gather information from several manuscripts so as to edit afresh an important collection of Latin one-line “sayings” or “proverbs” (sententiae or proverbia), which, despite its massive impact… Continue reading

Gaza: education and religion in the sixth century CE

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The Greek polis of Gaza in Palestine underwent, in common with other cities, a profound transformation during the fifth and sixth centuries CE in society, economy and religion. What is unique about Gaza in these decades is its thriving and wide-ranging culture, as documented by ample literary and also material evidence. Speeches, letters and philosophical… Continue reading

Hero’s Automata: First Moves

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Since October 2014, I’ve been working with a team to investigate Hero (Heron) of Alexandria’s treatise On Making Automata (peri automatopoiētikēs). It’s not a very well known or well studied  text, but it’s our best detailed evidence for a recognisable sub-field within ancient mechanics and engineering. The devices that Hero describes are powered mainly by… Continue reading

Late antique Gaza: A template for the 21st century?

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Sadly enough, the city of Gaza is nowadays mostly associated with the eruption of fierce violence, even with outright war, and reminds us that a convoluted relationship between ethnic, religious and political groups can easily set a whole region on fire. What a world of difference seems to lie between contemporary Gaza and the very… Continue reading