Roman videos

It has never been easier to lay hands on a piece of video to illustrate a point,  to lift the tedium of a dry history or grammar lesson, or simply to reward hardworking kids and give yourself a break at the same time. I imagine finding the time to trawl the internet and collecting in one place the best of media of classical interest, a one-stop shop for hard-pressed classroom teachers.

Well, here’s something to be going on with, but you will see that it still needs some trawling……..

Latrinae et Foricae: Toilets in the Roman World

by Barry Hobson: A very interesting and informative book that, to our inexpert eyes, is well thought out and executed. It will be of interest to both students of Roman Archaeology and those looking away from the monumental and heroic and more towards the daily life of the ordinary people.

The author is a Medical Doctor and ….. …… can you resist a book with chapters on, inter alia:

  • Chronology of toilets,
  • Upstairs toilets,
  • Dirt, smell and culture, and
  • Motions Maladies and Medicine

I thought not! The full review is here

Laid bare: the sex life of the ancient Greeks in all its physical glory

An Athens exhibition looks unflinchingly at classical perceptions of love and lust 

 From The Guardian: Wednesday 9 December 2009 22.29 GMT

by Lauren Goodchild

A marble statuette of a sleeping Eros and a lion next to him on display at the Cycladic Art museum in Athens.
A marble statuette of a sleeping Eros and a lion next to him The ancient Greeks were never at a loss for words when it came to love and lust – and an exhibition that opened in Athens today laying bare the practice of sex in classical times through an unprecedented collection of eye-popping art partly explains why.
Eros, the god of love and the great loosener of limbs, was many things: irresistible, tender, beautiful, excruciating, maddening, merciless and bittersweet. There was no position, no touch, no predilection too outre to pay homage to him. From the affectionate embrace to group sex, love came in many forms.
“The Greeks were anything but prudes,” said Nicholaos Stampolidis, director of the Museum of Cycladic Art, where the show will run for six months. “Theirs was a society of great tolerance and lack of guilt.” Standing before a giant marble phallus that once graced the facade of an ancient Greek home, he added: “It had what I call balance.”                                                                     
read the rest of the article             Photograph: Yiorgos Karahalis/Reuters