Category Archives: Classical matters

The Uselessness of Money

Paper delivered at the New Imago Forum Conference on ‘Money’, September 2015 The uselessness of money and the perversity of unlimit             A fable of Aesop tells of a man who hid his gold at the foot of a tree in … Continue reading

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Flights of ancient fancy

Flying in the Ancient World As published in Omnibus (first delivered at a Classical Association Conference on 1st April 1999).  Already in the 5th century BC, flying was in the air… The subject of ancient aeronautics has, surprisingly, been largely neglected by ancient … Continue reading

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In memoriam Martin West

The unexpected death (at the age of 77) on 13 July 2015 of Martin West, the greatest classicist of his generation,  has left a hole in the world of scholarship and philology. It also leaves me with a sense of profound … Continue reading

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Heineken in Herodotus

Herodotus’ mentions of Heineken constitute a hitherto unsuspected instance of product placement in ancient Greek writing. In Histories 1.2.2, Heineken — εἵνεκεν in ancient Greek — is found in connection with the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts to Colchis. The implication is … Continue reading

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