As one of history’s most iconic female rulers, Queen Cleopatra is often seen through a lens created for her by society. From Roman historiography, Latin poetry, Renaissance and Baroque art, to Hollywood films and pop music videos, the world has been utterly enthralled by her. What makes her so fascinating? What do the many different images of her tell us about our own society?
It recently occurred to me that there are several similarities between my experiences of my maternal Irish family and those families detailed within the Homeric epics. At the very least, having such an extensive family means I’m not bad at keeping track of the countless names and relationships between characters in the Iliad and Odyssey.
You may have heard of a symposion, a drinking party on couches, usually with 7 people where literature, philosophy and politics are discussed. In other words, not unlike essay/problem sheet procrastination in someone’s room, but instead of wine drawn from an elaborately decorated krater in the centre of the room, we have boxed wine, and instead of couches, we have the floor.
Not only are the plays set in an entirely different society with its own distinct and complex culture, but we are separated from these events by thousands of years. It is easier to address our own flaws, both personal and societal, when they wear the mask of someone else’s.
There’s no need to be crass, but sometimes you just have to call it like it is. One of my favourite lecturers once described Cicero as Caesar and Pompey’s “little bitch” and it’s safe to say that’s not a lecture I’m going to forget.
Never in my 19 years on planet Earth have I come across as great a drama queen as Catullus. One minute he’s head over heels in love, the next minute he’s shouting ‘she belong to the streets,’ and the next he’s begging her for affection.
Safe to say that in my first year, I’ve experienced a fair bit of teasing over how practically useful my degree is. I’m still tempted to wander into a bar and order vinum. Even my own mother enjoys ribbing me about the great contribution I’m making to society and bemoans the fact I’m still useless at University Challenge.
As the first international sport to return, more eyes than ever have been on Formula 1 and the FIA (International Automobile Foundation), observing how the sport copes with the COVID-19 pandemic. A raft of measures have been put in place; everyone wears masks; presenters socially distance amongst themselves and when talking to drivers; teams have Read More…
Alannah Burdess explores why learning black history is such an important step in educating ourselves as a society and in working towards addressing systemic racism in Britain today.
For those of you who are missing trips to the BT and the Oxford Playhouse or perhaps don’t quite understand the Tiger King hype, I can thoroughly recommend National Theatre At Home performances. Although not quite a night out at the theatre, they are well shot and you are often treated to close ups and Read More…