Rediscovering a lost garden – and some amateur dramatics

Peter Wiseman, University of Exeter, discusses his forthcoming article ‘Maecenas and the Stage’, which is due to be published in Papers of the British School at Rome later this year.


Gladiatorial games in the Greek East

Professor Stephen Mitchell, council member of the BIAA, discusses the article Gladiatorial Games in the Greek East: A Complex of Reliefs from Cibyra in the latest issue in Anatolian Studies.…


Chamber pots and table cloths: William Gell and the domestic life of Pompeii

Rosemary Sweet, University of Leicester, discusses her forthcoming article, William Gell and Pompeiana (1817-19 and 1832), in Papers of the British School at Rome (2015) which is due to be published later this year.…


Virgil’s Fourth Eclogue and the Visual Arts

Luke Houghton discusses his article and explains how he conducted his research. This article is forthcoming in Papers of the British School at Rome, and will be published later this year.…


Celebrating Iraq’s Cultural Heritage

Eleanor Robson, Voluntary Chair of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq’s governing Council and Professor of Ancient Middle Eastern History at University College London, discusses Iraq’s cultural heritage.…


Commemorating the Emperor Augustus with
The Journal of Roman Studies

August 19th 2014 marks two thousand years since the death of the Roman emperor Augustus. The commemorations may not be as lavish as in 1938, when the Italian government celebrated the bi-millennium of his birth with a major exhibition, but there is still a great deal of Augustus-related activity taking place (comprehensively documented on Penny Goodman’s site.…


The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife

A renowned professor from Harvard Divinity School has again stirred controversy among biblical scholars.  Back in September 2012 Professor Karen L.


An insight into Ancient Libraries

Many iconic ruins across the world are all that remains of the libraries of the past. Who built these libraries? Who created the first ‘public library’?


News from the neolithic site of Çatalhöyük

Stephen Mitchell is Honorary Secretary of the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA). He brings us the latest from the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük.


History meets fiction in Doctor Who, ‘The Fires of Pompeii’

Back in spring 2008 the new Doctor Who was entering its fourth season. David Tennant was the Doctor, Catherine Tate was his companion Donna, and Pompeii was the destination of their first journey through time together.…


Bringing Ancient Greek Drama to Life (Part Two): What’s ‘knock-knock’ in Ancient Greek?

As the second of two features marking Cambridge University Press’ sponsorship of the Cambridge Greek Play 2013, Dr Oliver Thomas, incoming Editor of The Cambridge Classical Journal, considers some of the ways of translating (and not translating) an ancient Greek play to keep it amusing.


Bringing Ancient Greek Drama to Life

‘All human skills are from Prometheus’..or so Prometheus claims in the ancient Greek tragedy Prometheus Bound.  As the first of two features marking Cambridge University Press’ sponsorship of the Cambridge Greek Play 2013, Dr Oliver Thomas, incoming Editor of The Cambridge Classical Journal, explores the enduring fascination of the figure of Prometheus.