May is “New Projects Month” here at Peopling the Past and our first post features Nathalie Roy-Mitchell and her project “Creative Classics”, an initiative that offers hands-on activities and learning strategies to make Classics more inclusive.
In this important post, Peopling the Past video producer, Christine Johnston, outlines some of the major ethical issues in excavating and displaying human remains, and explains Peopling the Past’s stance on this issue going forward.
In this week’s Grad Student Feature, we bring you Najee Olya, PhD Candidate in the Program for Mediterranean Art and Archaeology at the University of Virginia. Najee is systematically studying a large corpus of Greek painted vases representing Africans and reorienting previous assumptions about how these images would have been understood and interpreted by their users.
For this week’s blog post, we bring you a grad student feature with Rachel Dewan, Art History PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, and her research on the role and meaning of miniature vessels on Bronze Age Crete.
In our next grad student feature, Prabhjeet Johal, Joseph Armand Bombardier funded PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Toronto, discusses her dissertation research performing visual and contextual analyses of sculptural reliefs from Parthia and Gandhara. Johal aims to bring new, more localized perspectives on wine culture in these fascinating regions that have often been studied from hellenocentric viewpoints.
For our second grad student feature, we bring you Jelena Todorovic, PhD student in Classics at the University of British Columbia. Jelena shares her research on the application of critical disability studies and disability theatre studies to the world of ancient Roman performance.
The Nativity scene is one of the most quintessential images of the Christmas season. But where did it come from, and did it always look the way it does today? Follow along with Peopling the Past member, Dr. Sabrina Higgins, expert in early Christian art and iconography, as she traces the strange and wondrous emergence of the Nativity scene in antiquity.
Have you ever wondered if the ancient Greeks and Romans had serial killers living among them? In this post, Dr. Debbie Felton of UMass Amherst discusses research from her forthcoming book project on serial murderers in the ancient world. We might be bombarded by TV shows about murderers, but we know comparatively little about their existence in the distant past – read on for some creepy (yet illuminating) facts!