Plugging away, plugging away. Shamelessness on overdrive…
New Post: ‘For the Love of Mikhail Bakhtin!’…perhaps he’ll make his way onto your pile of master-debatory material?
NEW POST! NEW POST! Finally geez. Catullus, penetration and banter :) thingsofhistoricalsignificance.wordpress.com
Hello, well after my degree got in the way of this blog I decided to have another crack at it and have moved it on over to wordpress.com. However I still love Tumblr and all the AMAZING blogs on here - so I will be posting my update links here!
So I can now be found at: http://thingsofhistoricalsignificance.wordpress.com (STREUTH that’s a long web address). I have my Junius Bassus post over there and a few others and I will be updating more historical content shortly as I only have my dissertation to do now (super yay).
So if you have the time (or the inclination) please have a mosey on over and take a look.
”No one dances sober, unless he is insane.”
In original Latin (for those who do not like to look at a text through the veil of a translation)
“Nemo enim fere saltat sobrius, nisi forte insanit”
Marcus Tullius Cicero, Pro Murena (An Oration in Defence of Lucius Murena)
Stolen from a friend (who clearly stole it from Cicero in the first place…) Thought I’d close today with a quote which sums up the entire opposite of my philosophy on life.
Having just completed my first seminar on numismatics I thought I would take this opportunity to shamelessly plug a current exhibit running at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts (Birmingham, UK). Larger Than Life: Colossal Coins offers visitors the chance to not only experience the evolution of money over the last 2000 years but also to understand the complex political, religious and gendered importance of money and ‘monetary art’ from a collection covering the Roman, Byzantine and Medieval periods. Select coins from the collection (the vast majority of which are rarely on display to the general public) will be magnified and projected in the gallery, giving the viewer a unique opportunity to interact with the ‘Barber Hoard’ and experience the details and depths to a single coin not easily accessible to the human eye.
Now we all know why money is important today, it gives value to materials and expresses worth, and it allows us to sophisticatedly barter for necessary or desirable items (lets not forget that the price of something is set just as much by human interest as it is by inherent value). But many forget that physical money, coinage, is also used to express authority, heritage and ideology. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the coinage of Late Antiquity, Byzantium and the Medieval world. The image of an Emperor on a coin, for example, not only imbues that coin with the authority to be used in monetary transactions, but also imbues the Emperor with the authority granted by a populace accepting his personal stamp of approval as legitimate. The exhibition explores these themes and how they changed from Augustus to the Middle Ages.
The exhibition runs from today (10th November 2011) till 18th January 2012 and is free entrance, so if you are in the vicinity or interested enough to travel (which I hope you are!) then why not come and visit this exhibit? (And I swear I am not simply plugging this as my lecturer has organised it…)