Literature Review: Environmental History and the works of J. Donald Hughes

My MA dissertation is going to focus on regional and ecological differences in the Aegean Bronze Age, and as part of my preparations it was necessary to become familiar with some of the seminal works of environmental history. J. Donald Hughes was one of the individuals who helped to popularise the study of the environmental … Continue reading Literature Review: Environmental History and the works of J. Donald Hughes

Some Plaster Casts at the University of Manchester

The Samuel Alexander building is a home to the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (SALC), it has a wonderful collection of plaster casts of Ancient Greek Art. In this short post I am going to discuss three of the casts and talk about the history and symbolism of the originals and why plaster casts … Continue reading Some Plaster Casts at the University of Manchester

More podcasts for ancient historians and archaeologists

Since graduating at the end of 2019, I have been listening to more and more podcasts about the ancient world, and although I have been returning to some of my old favourites, I have been expanding my horizons and listening to a greater variety. Hellenistic Age Podcast: This podcast is another retelling of the Hellenistic … Continue reading More podcasts for ancient historians and archaeologists

Read and Review: J. Donald Hughes | Sustainable Agriculture in Ancient Egypt (1992)

The study of sustainable agriculture has never been more pressing due to the effects of the Climate Crisis. The Late Donald Hughes did more than most to show that stability and growth can only be achieved when working with the natural environment. This article aims to show that the stability of Egypt was down to … Continue reading Read and Review: J. Donald Hughes | Sustainable Agriculture in Ancient Egypt (1992)

A Year in Review: 2019

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 … Continue reading A Year in Review: 2019

Object Study: A Peculiar Mummiform Figure

This is my last post of my series 'Egyptian Society and Culture' as my module has now finished. I have found studying Egypt immensely interesting and has broadened my viewpoint considerably. This post is an object study of a strange object in the British Museum.  The object can also be viewed here. EA63979                                                               1936,0711.3 Dimensions: … Continue reading Object Study: A Peculiar Mummiform Figure

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

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

The talk can be accessed from the Oriental Institutes YouTube page here.  Stein’s talk had the aim of filling a gap in the knowledge of the Near East and Egypt, as honey is the most cited ingredient in ancient medical texts, but little has been written about bees and beekeeping. His talk was split into … Continue reading Watch and Review – Dr Gil Stein | Sweet Honey in the Rocks: Bees, Beekeeping and Honey in the Ancient Near East (2016)

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

Read and Review – Dr Katharina Zinn | Literacy in Pharaonic Egypt (2018)

For this week’s task I have to review Katharina Zinn’s article ‘Literacy in Pharaonic Egypt: orality and literacy between agency and memory (2018)’ in 250 words. I include her abstract below: “The article presents a new conceptual framework for understanding literacy in ancient civilisations to conceptualise ‘literacy’ more broadly as a cultural and social practice. … Continue reading Read and Review – Dr Katharina Zinn | Literacy in Pharaonic Egypt (2018)