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  • 5 May 2021
    Guides to the Coinage of the Ancient World

    Using Coins as Sources

    We hope you have been enjoying The Cambridge Forum webinar series! A couple of weeks ago, we had a great session exploring what coins can tell us about the Classical world....

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  • 26 May 2020
    Jerry Toner

    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 of which were the Antonine and Justinianic plagues. How would the Romans have reacted to the risks posed by the arrival of a […]

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  • 18 May 2020
    Peter Sarris

    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 greens in the country, it could not feel further removed in space or time from the Mediterranean world in the ‘Age of Justinian’. Yet this […]

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  • 14 May 2020
    M. D. Usher

    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 for him was the whole known world. His purpose in writing was to discover by careful research the truth about events in […]

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  • 14 May 2020
    Rory Naismith

    Treading the Paths of Exile: Enduring Isolation and Solitude in Early Medieval England

    Early medieval England experienced nothing quite like the Coronavirus, although plagues and afflictions of other kinds came all too frequently. The venerable Bede (d. 735) and other contemporary writers preserved grim accounts of waves of plague that swept over all Britain in the 660s. Later, 896 saw the end of three years of an unspecified […]

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  • 13 May 2020
    Astrid Van Oyen

    Hoarding in Times of Corona: Thoughts on Storage, Stuff, and the Future

    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 is not one of the disease’s side effects. Hypotheses abound, from the sociology of herd response (copy-cat behavior) over the economics of panic buying […]

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  • 8 May 2020
    Sabine R. Huebner

    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 new. The Historia Augusta, a biography of Roman emperors composed in late antiquity, reports that during the peak of a pandemic in 262 […]

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