Glossing Alma-Tadema

One of the things in my box this a.m. was a video from the Smart History folks about Alma-Tadema’s Listening to Homer:

… and I followed a sidebar link and found another video from the Clark Art Institute about the same artist’s Women of Amphissa (a print of which once graced the back of the door in a grad office at Queen’s when I was there):

I’ll leave it to you to decide which presentation is more effective …

Classics Confidential | Amy Smith Talks About the Ure Museum (et alia)

The tease:

In the fourth interview recorded during this year’s Classical Association CC’s Anastasia Bakogianni talks with Dr Amy Smith, a member of the Classics Department at the University of Reading which hosted this year’s meeting. This interview and the one with Dr Sonya Nevin that follows were recorded on the premises of the Ure Museum, with Amy’s kind permission in her capacity as the Museum’s curator. CC gratefully acknowledges its debt to Dr Smith and the Classics Department at the University of Reading for allowing us to film on location!

In this interview Amy talks about the Ure Museum’s long history, its early days and the excavation work of Percy Neville Ure, the University’s first Professor of Classics, and the museum’s development over the years. She also speaks about some of the current collaborations that the Ure is involved in with local schools in Reading and the British Museum.

In the second part of the interview Amy talks about her love for the iconography of the classical world and her engagement with digital classics. Lastly Amy tells us about a recent volume she co-edited with Sadie Pickup: Brill’s Companion to Aphrodite. The idea for the book arose when a headless statue of Aphrodite was chosen as the item on loan from the British Museum that would be displayed in the Ure Museum; thus we return full circle back to the museum at the heart of the Classics Department at Reading.

Classics Confidential | Gail Holst-Warhaft on Penelope’s Confession

The official description:

In this interview, Professor Gail Holst-Warhaft of Cornell University joined CC’s Anastasia Bakogianni to discuss her love of Greece (both ancient and modern), and to share with us how this life-long love affair found a creative outlet in her poetry collection Penelope’s Confession (Cosmos Books, 2007).