Where do dragons really come from? In this post, Antone Minard of UBC discusses the origins of the Celtic dragon, and ends with a very unusual holiday tradition (just in time for Halloween!).
In the fifth instalment of our video series, Dr. Melissa Funke discusses theatre and mime in the ancient Mediterranean, including theatrical performance and staging, actors and mime characters, and the role of mime as a form of popular culture in diverse communities.
On this week’s episode of the Peopling the Past Podcast, we hear from Dr. Flint Dibble, Lecturer in the Department of Classical Studies at Dartmouth College.
Join us, as Dr. Dibble discusses his work on zooarchaeology and climate change in the Iron Age.
In the next of our Halloween-themed blog posts, we examine the widely misunderstood practice of human sacrifice throughout human history!
In the fourth instalment of our video series, Dr. Caroline (Carrie) Arbuckle MacLeod discusses coffins in ancient Egypt, including evidence for the methods of manufacture, the materials used, and what we can learn about the craftspeople who made them.
On this episode of the Peopling the Past Podcast, we hear from Dr. Carolyn M. Laferrière. Here, she discusses the role of music, art and religious ritual in the context of the Vari Cave, and the ways in which we can use the framework of sensoryscapes to understand how ancient peoples would have experienced this sacred space.
In this next scare-tacular blog post we examine curses in the Ancient Mediterranean. From mummies and tomb curses to spurned lovers and romantic rivals, curses could be used to harm and to protect.
Here at Peopling the Past we are excited to kick of an eerie series of posts in honour of Halloween! Every Friday through October we will release a new post explaining the history behind some of our most chilling Halloween traditions and scary stories. So grab your flashlight and your candy corn, and get ready for some scare-tacular history!
On this episode of the Peopling the Past Podcast, we are joined by Dr. Laura Gawlinski, Associate Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at Loyola University.
Follow along as she discusses the role of processions and festivals in the ancient Greek world, highlighting her own research on the so-called mysteries of Andania, a little-known festival in Messenia.
In the third instalment of our video series, Dr. Megan Daniels discusses the migration of the Phoenicians around the Mediterranean and their cultural interactions with the Greeks and Romans, including the sharing of religious traditions and myths.