Lycian Social Hierarchy – Tombs as sources

The social hierarchy of Lycia is very hard to reconstruct, since the surviving evidence is limited to coins issued by the dynasts, tombs (of which few can be said to belong to those of the lower strata) (Keen (1998) 34) and scraps written by Greek and Roman historians. Due to the nature of this evidence … Continue reading Lycian Social Hierarchy – Tombs as sources

The Prima Porta Augustus and policy

The Prima Porta Augustus is often seen as the cover model (literally: Zanker (1980, 2001 print); Southern (2014, 2nd edition); Goldsworthy (2014)) of Augustus’ reign and all that it represents. The highly decorated statue was found 12km north of Rome in the Villa of Livia, Augustus’ wife. Current thought suggests that it was a marble … Continue reading The Prima Porta Augustus and policy

The Early Achaean League 900 – 371 BC

“The Achaean League seems to have been, on the whole, a rather admirable institution. Its early history and development is, however, somewhat more complicated than I realised…”[1] The lack of certainty regarding the origins of how the Achaean League formed means most histories of Achaea mention Homer, the lack of poleis in the region until … Continue reading The Early Achaean League 900 – 371 BC

Sikyon – Building a Picture of a City

This post is the first in a two part series about Survey Archaeology. Sikyon was a polis in the North of the Peloponnese. It was city famed for the Archaic and Hellenistic figures associated with it (the tyrant Cleisthenes and the Achaean League strategos Aratus) and the various sculptors who originated there, most famous amongst … Continue reading Sikyon – Building a Picture of a City

Some useful texts for Ancient Historians and Archaeologists

As the beginning of the academic year commences, I thought it worth thinking about what books a student hoping to do Ancient History or Classics might need. By the end of my first year at uni, my straining shelves held over one hundred books, so I know which are essential and which are a waste … Continue reading Some useful texts for Ancient Historians and Archaeologists