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  • 26
    May

    2020

    What if the Romans had Contracted Coronavirus?

    The dramatic impact of the Coronavirus has highlighted how thankfully rare pandemics are in the modern world. The Roman empire, by contrast, suffered from regular bouts of contagion, among the most deadly...

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  • 19
    May

    2020

    Social Distance

    Covid-19 has had many people reaching back to the plague which Apollo sends on the Greek army at the very beginning of Homer’s Iliad; Western literature begins with a devastating disease of unknown...

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  • 18
    May

    2020

    Pandemics Ancient and Modern

    The village of Barrington, in Cambridgeshire, presents the viewer with a quintessentially English rural scene: with its thatched cottages and village pub, and one of the best-preserved and extensive village...

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  • 14
    May

    2020

    Classics and Crisis

    In the preamble to his History of the Peloponnesian War Thucydides declares that the twenty-year conflict between Athens and Sparta was a war like no other, an object lesson for humanity involving what...

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  • 13
    May

    2020

    Hoarding in Times of Corona: Thoughts on Storage,...

    Toilet paper has become the unlikely posterchild of the coronavirus. Toilet paper, and its absence. Much has been written about what seems, at first sight, an unlikely association: after all, diarrhea...

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  • 8
    May

    2020

    Perspectives on the Pandemic

    Each evening the world awaits with anxiety the new numbers John Hopkins University provides for the spread of COVID-19 around the globe. This fascination with mortality rates during an epidemic is nothing...

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  • 30
    Jan

    2020

    Sing to Me Muse…

    Where do the Iliad and Odyssey come from? The story of these ancient epic poems is a “complicated” one (to borrow Emily Wilson’s inspired translation of the Homeric epithet polytropos, a word that...

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  • 7
    Aug

    2019

    New perspective on the workings of Athenian...

    Decree-making is a defining aspect of ancient Greek political activity: it was the means by which city-state communities went about deciding to get things done. The Athenians in the fourth century BC distinguished...

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