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My Story…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on ClassicalFix. Truth be told I’ve been in a bit of a rut, lacking any real motivation or inspiration. But on this beautiful Easter weekend (well, it’s beautiful here in East Yorkshire), it seems that I’m starting to emerge from what can only be described as a … Continue reading My Story…

Back to the books: Staying motivated!

I don’t really know where to start with this post if truth be told! For that reason as you read on, you might find it a little scrappy because as I write this I’m trying hard to get past a groggy fogginess that is presently preventing me from getting on with some serious study. If … Continue reading Back to the books: Staying motivated!

Durham Greek & Latin Summer School

A date for your diaries! Online & postal application for the 2019 Durham Greek & Latin Summer School held at St John's is now OPEN! The 2019 Summer School will take place from: 20th - 27th July. Head over to the website now by following this link...  For those who have attended the Summer … Continue reading Durham Greek & Latin Summer School

Baron Thyssen PhD Studentship in Ancient Material Religion

Wow - You've got to check out this amazing opportunity with the Open University! PhD Studentship in Ancient Material Religion... Unit: Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS) Salary: The stipend will be £20,000 per year Please quote reference: 11812 Closing Date: 11 January, 2019 - 12:00 Full details are available at the link below! Tony  

The Baron Thyssen Centre for the Study of Ancient Material Religion

If you haven't already done so, please take the time to have a look at this new project set up by the Open University. "The Baron Thyssen Centre for the Study of Ancient Material Religion is based in the Department of Classical Studies at The Open University. The Centre supports research into the material, visual … Continue reading The Baron Thyssen Centre for the Study of Ancient Material Religion

Visiting the Mithraeum

An interesting review of the London Mithraeum – Well worth a read!

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A review of the London Mithraeum, by MA student Klara Hegedus.

The London Mithraeum is a small museum built on the site of the excavation of a Temple of Mithras, at the heart of the City of London. It is a permanent exhibition, part of the Bloomberg European headquarters. The museum is free, but tickets are required as it is a small space.

The Temple attracted huge crowds when discovered by accident in 1952-4. There was great debate about whether the site should be retained or built over, but eventually a compromise with the would-be builders was reached and the remains were moved to a different place on the site. When Bloomberg bought the site in 2010, they moved the remains once more, back to their original site.

IMG_2227 The wall of artefacts

The first, ground floor level area is an exhibition space. There is a wall of some of the…

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Encountering Ashurbanipal

A great review of the Ashurbanipal exhibition at the British Museum – Continues until 24th February 2019.

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British Museum: I am Ashurbanipal, king of the world, king of Assyria.

A review by Klara Hegedus.

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This exhibition highlights Ashurbanipal, who became King of Assyria, the largest empire in the world, in 669 BCE.

The themes of his reign are familiar. A fatal feud with a brother, espionage, war, fine artefacts and eventual collapse. It is also familiar as it left primary sources, details of scholarship, information flow and details of trade.

A Curator’s Commentary, lasting approximately 45 minutes, which discusses the content of the exhibition is available on iTunes for £2.99. There is also a detailed and comprehensive exhibition book [Editor’s Note: there are also Ashurbanipal socks, which I want for Christmas!]. This piece concentrates on the exhibition itself.


Museums need to make their content accessible and interesting to the modern visitor. They need to attract visitors and get them to return.

This exhibition is…

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