A Year in Review: 2019

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2019 has been the first full year that Musings of Clio has been running, and it has given me lots of lessons about how increase my audience and improve my writing. I branched into writing study guides. As well as this, I have started to write about a broader range of topics, including Thrace, Egypt and Iron Age Britain.

This year my website has had over 2200 views, an increase of over 1900 from last year. My use of social media got better as well, posting all my new posts in Facebook groups, LinkedIn and Tumblr as well as Twitter has helped to expand my audience.

In other news I graduated from the University of Warwick with a first class degree, started a Masters at the University of Manchester and still haven’t decided what to do after it. But I have another year to do that. It has been a stressful year, but a good one and I hope next year will be even better!

For the rest of this post I’m going to go through my top ten articles of this year and a little synopsis of their content:

10. Object Study: A Peculiar Mummiform Figure

A short piece that discusses a possible early Shabti from the British Museum Collection.

9. Romans, Wiltshire and Landscape Surveys

I reevaluated a geophysical survey conducted at Truckle Hill Villa in Wiltshire, I also build on that research and suggest avenues to expand the survey by looking at the whole landscape.

8. Seminars: How to get the most out of them

Expanding out into study guides seemed like a way I could expand the audience and help people. I talk through preparing and engaging in seminars.

7. Hadrian and Rome

Rome was always the Emperors plaything, how they display their power and their authority. This article looks at the buildings constructed by Hadrian and looks at the history of Emperors building in Rome.

6. Achaea and Rome: 192 B.C. – 146 B.C.

This article based on my undergraduate dissertation was a surprise hit. It discusses Rome’s relationship with the Achaean League and how the concept of Collective Identity was used in that period.

5. Watch and Review – Dr Gil Stein | Sweet Honey in the Rocks: Bees, Beekeeping and Honey in the Ancient Near East (2016)

Since September I have started reviewing lectures that are available online, as well as reviewing articles and books. Beekeeping in the ancient world has been surprisingly neglected and Stein’s lecture to the Oriental Institute helps to fill that gap.

4. Watch and Review: Shields from Iron Age Britain – Art, Violence and the Body | 17/10/2019 | Matt Hitchcock

Continuing on the theme of review, this piece discusses new ways of viewing Iron Age Shields. Hitchcock did an excellent job of opening up this field of study to a general audience.

3. Justice in Egypt

Looking at the Slave Sale Papyrus (Pap. Cairo 65739), I examine how Justice was done in Ancient Egypt, whilst also examining how common slavery was in Ancient Egypt.

2.Dissertation: Help and Guidance

Another Study Guide, this was written to help people write there own dissertations. Whilst mainly aimed at those studying for Archaeology, Ancient History or Classics degrees, the hints and tips it provides can be applicable to most undergrad dissertations.

1. Iconography and Identity: Slavery in Roman Chester

The most read article of 2019 was actually written last year. I discussed Roman Slavery in Chester and the drawbacks of using tombstone evidence in trying to reconstruct the identity of Roman Slaves.


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