The First Delphic Hymn to Apollo

Thanks to Rogue Classicism for finding this YouTube performance.

360 degree tour of Masada on Israel government site

I haven't been able to see it (you need the ipix plugin) but apparently there's a good virtual tour of Masada on this site.

Mary Beard outs David Starkey as a Roman-hater

Mary Beard's latest blog is on David Starkey. Here's the start.

long been tempted to have a regular extra blog post, collecting
together recent howlers about the ancient world presented to an
unsuspecting audience by journalists etc who should know better. What
has tended to put me off is the “let who is without sin . . .”
principle. That is to say, everyone makes mistakes, and if you name and
shame someone today, they’ll do it to you the next time you make a slip.

Anyway, I’ve given up those scruples just for a while.

A colleague emailed me the other Saturday morning to tip me off about an interview with the Margaret-Thatcher-loving, tv-historian Dr David Starkey, in the back of the Guardian’s Guide
section. Starkey, it turns out, is a real Roman hater (odd that – I’d
have predicted the reverse). “What did the Romans ever do for us?”
asked the interviewer:


Inner city Latin in the Evening Standard

Thanks to Kristian Waite for this link. Lorna has been getting some very good coverage for her work. Congratulations, Lorna.

Schools pilot helps bring Latin lessons ex umbris

Dominic Hayes, Evening Standard

Latin is making a comeback in a string of state schools serving some of London's toughest areas.

classics project piloted in two east London schools has now been
extended to cover about 20 – including one of the capital's newest city

Dr Lorna Richardson, founder of the Iris Project,
which is backed by Cambridge University, said pupils' literacy levels
could be improved if they studied Latin alongside national curriculum

For the past year she has been teaching weekly Latin
classes at Benthal Primary in Hackney, one of the schools in the
initial experiment. “What Latin does is enrich the literacy curriculum
and encourage a love of language and discovering its roots,” said Dr

Schools that have joined the programme in the current academic year include the Bridge Academy in Hackney.

is still an endangered subject and its survival rests largely on its
popularity in private schools. But research by the Cambridge Schools
Classics Project found the number of state schools offering Latin has
gone up from 200 to 459 since 2003.

Benthal pupils have been
introduced to the language through fun activities. For example, they
are given Latin and English word cards and asked to find those that
might be connected – such as umbra, the Latin for shadow, and the
English umbrella.

Dr Richardson said she started the Iris
Project after becoming “frustrated” by the fact that state school
pupils were being denied the chance to benefit from Latin lessons.

scheme is backed by Boris Johnson, Conservative candidate for London
Mayor, who studied classics at Oxford University and won a campaign to
stop exam board OCR scrapping its ancient history A-level this year.