All posts tagged: classics


Why we need monsters like Medusa and the Sirens

In October 2017, the Institute of Classical Studies (ICS) hosted ‘Why do we need monsters?’ which presented some of the latest research on ancient monsters to a non-specialist audience. The event is still enjoying an afterlife, having inspired an anthology of fiction and non-fiction entitled ‘Making Monsters’. Due for publication on 1st September 2018 by ICS […]

Virtual travel isn’t such a new idea

Image: a picture of Jerusalem from the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493) The explosion of virtual reality (VR) technology is transforming how we think about travel, says Dr Matthew Coneys. With a VR headset and the right app you can enjoy a risk-free ascent of Everest, or visit the Australian outback without the inconvenience of flying halfway around […]

Cross-cultural After-Life of Classical Sites

 Dr Valeria Vitale and Dr Gabriel Bodard explains the research behind the Cross-cultural After-Life of Classical Sites project, which aimed to extend our knowledge of the cultural complexity of many classical sites and widen the idea of the ‘ancient world’ beyond Greek and Roman cultures and languages. Part of a larger initiative to research and […]

When in Rome: the castle of the holy angel reveals its secrets

Three hours exploring the dark tunnels inside a tomb, inside a castle on the banks of Rome’s River Tiber has given Professor Greg Woolf , director of the Institute of Classical studies, a whole new perspective on the Castel Sant’Angelo – the castle of the holy angel. There really is a spectacular angel on the […]