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

On the 17th of October 2019, I had the pleasure of watching Matt Hitchcock (@ArchaeologyMatt) deliver a paper on his PhD topic, this is a review of that presentation. This paper dealt with an extremely interesting topic, though one I wasn’t familiar with. Iron Age Britain was a place where style mattered, and amongst the … Continue reading Watch and Review: Shields from Iron Age Britain – Art, Violence and the Body | 17/10/2019 | Matt Hitchcock

Read and Review – Thrace, control and social complexity

Having nearly completed my Egyptian Module, I have discovered I really enjoy the 'Read and Review' format. So, as part of my mini-dissertation provisionally entitled, 'How did the Odrysian Kingdom use its physical and cultural geography to maintain control of its subjects during the reigns of Sitalkes and Seuthes (431-407)?', I had to complete a literature … Continue reading Read and Review – Thrace, control and social complexity

Achaea and Rome: 192 B.C. – 146 B.C.

“Rome was simply too powerful. Yet Achaia could not accept the discrepancy in power without abandoning all pretence of independence.”[1] This post is based on part of my undergraduate dissertation. It deals with the relationship between the Achaean League and Rome, and how due to the changing nature of Roman foreign policy and the increasingly … Continue reading Achaea and Rome: 192 B.C. – 146 B.C.

Cross Cultural Connections in Ancient Egypt

My next task is to answer the question ‘“Egypt as a society was strongly xenophobic” Do you agree or disagree with statement? Provide evidence for your argument?’ I would argue that the reality is more complicated than saying whether the entirety of Egyptian society was xenophobic. The surviving evidence we have comes from a limited … Continue reading Cross Cultural Connections in Ancient Egypt

Decolonising Egyptology

This week I am tasked with answering this question: In what ways do you think Victorian social standards and taboos have influenced the study of Pharaonic Egypt? And do you think we have entirely moved past that in the modern age? When discussing the Victorian social standards, it is always important to consider the impact … Continue reading Decolonising Egyptology

Liverpool, Classical Architecture and Colonialism

In this blog post I discuss how Classical Reception influenced the Architecture of Liverpool. I'd like to thank Hardeep Dhinda for his help and advice on the topic, as it is one I wasn't familiar with. One of the reasons I became interested in the ancient world was due to how it still affects the … Continue reading Liverpool, Classical Architecture and Colonialism

What is Collective Identity?

I have previously written about identity in the ancient world, particularly at how individuals expressed their identity; identity being the qualities that make up a person, i.e. religion, citizenship, gender. With this project I looked at how communities developed their own identities with different groups, attempting to find common ground in order to thrive in … Continue reading What is Collective Identity?