Blog Post #38: Monsters and Natural Power in Ancient Mesopotamia with Megan Lewis

In our final instalment of the Monsters and Demons series, we interview Megan Lewis, one of the founders of the Digital Hammurabi Project, on her interest in Mesopotamian monsters and why we find them so fascinating.

Blog Post #37: Myths, Monsters, and “Serpentine Stories” with Liv Albert

In the next installation of our Monsters and Demons series for the month of October, we interview Liv Albert, creator and host of the popular podcast ‘Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby!’. Read along, as Liv tells us all about her fascination with myths and monsters.

Video #18: Athenian Democracy with Chandra Giroux

In the eighteenth instalment of the Peopling the Past video series, we are joined by Dr. Chandra Giroux who discusses Athenian Democracy, including how decisions were made, who got to participate, and the challenges and criticisms that this system faced.

Blog Post #36: Difference and Perspective in Myth with Cora Beth Fraser, founder of Asterion

In this blog post, we interview Cora Beth Fraser, founder of Asterion, a new organization dedicated to representing and celebrating neurodiversity in Classics. She also reflects on why Asterion (the Minotaur) was selected to represent their organization.

Blog Post #35: Researching Monstrosity in Greek Literature with Fiona Mitchell

In the next installation of our Monsters and Demons series for the month of October, we bring you an interview with Dr. Fiona Mitchell of Birmingham, author of a recently published monograph on monsters in Greek literature. Dr. Mitchell discusses the roles and meanings of monsters in ancient Greek myth and reflects on why we resonate with these characters past and present.

Blog Post #34: Monsters and Myths with Adrienne Mayor

In October, Peopling the Past brings you interviews and reflections from scholars whose work investigates monsters and demons in the ancient world, examining their meaning and symbolism and their deeper connections to human experiences past and present.

In our first instalment of this series, we interview Adrienne Mayor, an author and classical folklorist who investigates natural knowledge contained in pre-scientific myths and oral traditions.

Blog Post #33: The Lux Project with Melissa Funke

In this blog post, we highlight the Lux Project, an undergraduate research and digitization project focused on the Hetherington Collection, a collection of around 450 ancient Mediterranean artifacts housed in the Anthropology lab at the University of Winnipeg. A team of about a dozen student volunteers led by Melissa Funke is photographing, researching, and teaching the public about these objects.

Blog Post #32: Graduate Student Feature with Kate Minniti

In this week’s graduate student feature, we highlight the work of Kate Minniti, a PhD Candidate in Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia, whose research examines the import, use, and meaning of Egyptian and Egyptianizing imports in Archaic Sicily.

Video #17: Tattoos in Ancient Egypt with Anne Austin

In the seventeenth instalment of the Peopling the Past Video series, we are joined by Dr. Anne Austin who discusses tattooing in ancient Egypt, including who was tattooed, how tattoos are studied, and what tattoos might have meant within the community in ancient Egypt.

Video #16: The Hyksos with Danielle Candelora

In the sixteenth instalment of the Peopling the Past Video series, we are joined by Dr. Danielle Candelora, who discusses the Hyksos, the immigrants from Western Asia that settled in the Eastern Delta of ancient Egypt and ruled the north of Egypt during the Second Intermediate Period.