Blog Post #73: Phoenicians and the Making of the Mediterranean: An Interview with Dr. Carolina López-Ruiz

Today for our last blog entry about modern constructions of east and west, Dr. Carolina López-Ruiz talks to us about the marginalisation of the Phoenicians, and the struggle to focus on the under-represented peoples of the ancient Mediterranean.

Blog Post #72: Solving the Riddle of the Sphinx with Thierry Petit

Today we continue to explore modern constructions of east and west with Thierry Petit, who discusses the origins and significance of the Sphinx in the ancient Mediterranean.

Blog Post #71: Connecting Humans, Animals, and Things: Work Animal Objects in the Greek World with Adam DiBattista

This week as we continue to explore modern constructions of east and west, we take a look at the work of Adam DiBattista who studies the creation and use of objects made from durable animal remains in ancient Greece.

Blog Post #70: Deconstructing Orientalization with Jessica Nowlin

For the first blog post in our month-long exploration of “east” and “west,” Jessica Nowlin explores the history of the term “orientalization” in Italy, and how abandoning the term could change how we conceive of the ancient Mediterranean as a whole.

Blog Post #69: Beyond East and West: Conceptions of Naukratis

In November we reflect on our conceptions of “east” and “west” through a series of blog posts investigating cross-cultural interaction in the ancient world and modern interpretations of it. We start with a post by our blog editor, Megan Daniels, on the ancient city of Naukratis and its role in 19th-century western European imaginations.

Blog Post #68: Controlling the Restless Dead in Mesopotamia with JoAnn Scurlock

Today for our undead in the classical world blog series, Assyriologist JoAnn Scurlock discusses attitudes surrounding death, burial and funerals, the afterlife, and ghosts in ancient Mesopotamia.

Blog Post #67: Beyond the Grave with Melissa S. Cradic

Continuing with our undead in the classical world blog series, this week archaeologist and Badè Museum curator Melissa Cradic guides us through the complexities of excavating ancient graves, and relationships between the living and the disembodied dead in the ancient near east.

Blog Post #66: Dealing with the Living Dead: The Vampire of Mytilene with Sandra Garvie-Lok and Hector Williams

Today we continue with our blog theme of the undead in the classical world! This time we take a look at the work of Sandra Garvie-Lok and Hector Williams, who take us on a journey through the origins of the modern vampire, vampire folklore, and the story of The Mytilene Vampire.

Blog Post #65: Necrophobia: Fearing the Walking Dead with Carrie L. Sulosky Weaver

This month we are featuring blogs about the undead in the classical world! This week, Carrie L. Sulosky Weaver discusses beliefs and practices concerning necrophobia (fear of the dead), and revenants (those who return from the dead) in antiquity.

Blog Post #64: Graduate Student Feature with Jermaine Bryant

This is our second graduate feature blog post this week at Peopling the Past! Today we highlight the work of Jermaine Bryant, a PhD student at Princeton University whose research interests include trauma recorded in literature following the Triumviral wars, and comparing hip-hop with Roman elegy.