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It was fascinating to see what a varied group of objects and books had been brought to share. I was interested to see how some people had brought books that were influences on their own childhood interaction with, or even introduction to, Classics and this has led me to think about my own encounters with the classical world. All these objects had stories to tell, and sparked off mini discussions around the table, so it was in fact difficult to break for lunch!
My next post will look at our afternoon adventures exploring the special collection stacks.
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A group of interested parties academics, graduate students, librarians gathered in the Foyles Special Collections Room in the rather lovely Roehampton Library that opened last September First up was a remote contributor, Rachel Bryant Davies of the University of Durham who had been unable to make the day in person; she presented to us, via the wonders of modern technology skype. Her objects were colouring sheets for 19th century toy theatres — sheets that were designed to be coloured in, cut out and stuck on to cardboard or mounted and then used in the toy theatre.
These included the siege of Troy, and the trick rider Andrew Ducrow striking classical poses on horseback, such as a Roman gladiator.
Children could engage with performances by recreating them at home. Discussion at the table involved the idea that the mash-up of cultures classical, medieval, 19th century enabled the physicality of play. After this excellent start to proceedings, Susan Deacy, University of Roehampton and organiser of the day talked about Tales of the Greek Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green, originally published in She was given a copy of this book by her Grandad when she was a child, and it opened her eyes to the fascinating world of classics.
Liz sharing images of Once Upon a Time. Aimed at children it gives ideas about the reality of living in an ancient city, from markets to healthcare, chariot racing to public baths; with pictures, top tips and snippets of information. Pandora is a fox who lives alone in a world of broken things, a post apocalyptic world without nature, until the day a bird with a broken wing falls from the sky. His thesis topic had been centred round the iconography of Athena, so he was delighted when Lego brought out a version whilst he was writing up, she was perfect to watch over him.
Oliver commented on the interesting experience in crafting your own figure or goddess out of all the pieces. I suddenly wanted a Helen of Troy, if this seems a bit weird then you should know that my PhD was about representations of Helen in Greek myth and literature, and that since last year I have started looking at comic and graphic novel versions of Helen.
A quick look online shows that people have improvised their own Trojan War , so I realised I needed to improvise my own Helen. I remember getting my first playperson, I possibly had a voucher or something to spend in the shop, and I chose a female figure with a horse, I called her Nina. I think the yellow car I had was the most exciting accessory.
These days there is a far greater range of figures and accessories than I could ever have dreamed of back in my youth; but this means I have a far greater chance of constructing Helen now — even though she might end of being a cobbled version of a Roman woman, Athena, and a fairy or a princess! Helen in pink Marvel Classics Comics Iliad, The colour pink has so many connotations these days, and we are all aware that it used to be a favourite for boys rather than girls. By putting Helen in pink I believe artists are unsurprisingly tapping into the idea of Helen as a sex symbol, and differentiating her from the other, more sedately portrayed, women around her.
I think a hand-mirror would be great if I can get one, but there is no real object or symbol associated with her that I can think of, as she was only semi-divine. Unlike Athena, with her owl, aegis and helmet for example. So here is my first attempt, she could be improved but I need to get the knack of pulling bodies apart to start on embellishments! There may be other versions to follow.
Tagged as Classical reception , Helen of Troy , Myth. Positive things were said, but as another speaker highlighted, as librarians we are very good at having conversations, but we also need to act, and this may mean not waiting around for that strategic document or plan to land on our desk.
Phil Brabban philbrabban University Librarian of Coventry University Library spoke about building an inclusive service. He explained how the library service at Coventry University had taken a look at their provision for international and overseas students and found it to be woefully inadequate though probably not much different from many other institutions. Students may be coming from countries where education and library services are provided completely differently or they may have no prior experience in using libraries , so they are facing a lot of challenges and cultural differences when arriving to study in the UK.
Coventry have worked at rectifying their approach, and spoke to international students about what they wanted and needed rather than relying on what the library services perceived them to need. One of the initiatives they created was Pre-Arrival Library Support which helps to prepare students with all they need, and can be accessed before they ever reach Coventry. Phil highlighted that actions are better than words, and even doing a small something was better than nothing at all.
We should also be continuously re-evaluating our procedures and not just assume that just because we have done something to rectify a problem that we can just rest on our laurels. Later in the morning Phil joined the panel session about diversity and inclusivity in the library community. As has been rightly pointed out on Twitter and at the conference itself this panel was composed of four men and two women, all white, which raises many questions in itself. Really CILIP Wales should have made a greater effort to ensure there was more diverse representation on the panel, and should have been aware that by not doing so they were leaving themselves wide open for just criticism.
The participants themselves did have a lot of good points to make, so I am not criticising any of them individually; but how can you speak about diversity and inclusivity without having other voices directly represented? I came home from the conference feeling professionally invigorated, and pleased that as a cataloguer I had seen tech services included in the conference make up. I enjoyed that many of the key note presentations dealt with the person in the profession and were therefore applicable across sectors and job roles.
It was good to see that Aberystwyth as a location worked despite some apparent organisational doubt , librarians will travel! I also still have a few items and opportunities to chase up podcasts! Roll on next year! Filed under Conferences , Librarianship , Staff development. In Armenia, Vespasian is captured. Immured in the oldest city on earth, how can he escape?
And is a Rome ruled by a woman who despises Vespasian any safer than a prison cell? It brings Spartacus—and ancient Rome—to vivid, colorful life. Now bestselling historical novelist Ben Kane returns to the source material and presents a lively and compelling new vision of the man who was Spartacus—Roman army auxiliary, slave, gladiator and ultimately the leader of an army of slaves who nearly brought Rome to its knees. Jealous of his attachment to Ariadne, a Dionysian priestess, the Thracian king betrays Spartacus to the Romans who take him, along with Ariadne, into captivity and to the school of gladiators at Capua.
Against the background of the unbelievable brutality of gladiatorial life, Spartacus and Crixus the Gaul plan the audacious overthrow of their Roman masters. They escape and flee to Vesuvius, where they recruit and train an army of escaped slaves that will have to face the conquerors of the known world, the most successful deadly army in all of history in a battle that will set in motion the legend Ben Kane Book 2 - Spartacus: Rebellion Spartacus and his ragtag army take on the mighty Roman army in Ben Kane's brilliant recreation of one of the best-known epics of the modern era Spartacus has already done the impossible--not only has he escaped from slavery, he and his seconds have created a mighty slave army that has challenged Rome and defeated the armies of three praetors, two consuls, and one proconsul.
On the plain of the River Po, in modern Northern Italy, Spartacus has defeated Gaius Cassius Longinus, proconsul and general of an army of two legions. Now the road home lies before them--to Thrace for Spartacus, and to Gaul for his seconds-in-command, Castus and Gannicus. But storm clouds are gathering on the horizon. One of Spartacus's most powerful generals has defected, taking his men with him. The Senate has given Crassus an army made up of ten legions and the authority to do whatever it takes to end the slave rebellion once and for all.
Meanwhile, Spartacus wants to lead his men over the Alps and home, but his two seconds have a different plan. They want to march on Rome itself and bring the Republic to its knees. Rebellion has become war.
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War to the death. John Stack Book 1- Ship of Rome Against a backdrop of the clash of the Roman and Carthaginian empires, the battle for sovereignty takes place on the high seas Atticus, captain of one of the ships of Rome's small, coastal fleet, is from a Greek fishing family. Septimus, legionary commander, reluctantly ordered aboard ship, is from Rome, born into a traditionally army family. It could never be an easy alliance. But the arrival of a hostile fleet, larger, far more skilful and more powerful than any Atticus has encountered before, forces them to act together.
So Atticus, one of Rome's few experienced sailors, finds himself propelled into the middle of a political struggle that is completely foreign to him. Rome need to build a navy fast but the obstacles are many; political animosities, legions adamant that they will only use their traditional methods; Roman prejudice even from friends, that all those not born in Rome are inferior citizens.
The enemy are first class, experienced and determined to control the seas. Can Atticus, and the fledgling Roman navy, staffed with inexperienced sailors and unwilling legionaries, outwit and outfight his opponents. John Stack Book 2- Captain of Rome The second installment in this thrilling maritime adventure; two mighty empires battle each other for control of the high seas. Atticus is the young captain of the Aquila, the flagship of the Roman navy's attack fleet.
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But his inexperienced commander's position has been bought, not earned. Bound to obey his superior, Atticus sails straight into a carefully-laid trap.
In the brutal battle that follows, he pulls his men back from the brink of defeat only by disobeying orders. Summoned to Rome, Atticus will pay a high price for his defiance. Despite his friendship with a Roman centurion, he is dangerously unversed in the politics of the Roman senate, and has created a powerful enemy. So Atticus finds himself facing battles both at sea, against an ever-more ferocious enemy; and on board his own ship, from those who are thirsty for revenge…. John Stack Book 3- Master of Rome A stirring adventure novel set amid the tumultuous clashes between the Roman and Carthaginian empires, battling for control of the Mediterranean, North Africa and Rome itself.
Atticus, the young Greek captain, is now a commander of the growing Roman navy, blockading a port near Tunis, when the Roman legions suffer terrible defeat by the triumphant Carthaginian army, spearheaded by the elephant charges. He and his ships escape together with the main body of the Roman fleet out manoeuvred by the more skilful Carthaginians and then caught and almost completely annihilated by a terrible storm.
Atticus and his crew are among the handful of survivors and being the messenger of this news to the Senate in Rome brings Atticus into political troubles, almost as stormy as the sea. He begins to feel not only that a Greek will never be accepted by the Romans but also that the behaviour of many, both politicians and soldiers, is such that he is not sure that he wants to be a Roman. Douglas Jackson Book 1 - Caligula A major new historical epic in the tradition of Conn Iggulden combines impeccable research and historical detailing with the power and pace of a great thriller As a young slave, Rufus grows up far from the corruption of Caligula's imperial court where excess, huge building projects, the largest gladiatorial battles Rome was ever to see—men and animals killed in the hundreds—conspiracies, assassination attempts, and sexual scandal were the norm.
But when Rufus' growing reputation as an animal trainer and his friendship with Cupido, one of Rome's greatest gladiators, attract the cruel gaze of the Emperor, Rufus is bought from his master and taken to the imperial palace as the keeper of the imperial elephant. But Caligula's paranoia is not misplaced, and Rufus and Cupido find themselves unwittingly placed at the center of a conspiracy to assassinate Douglas Jackson Book 2 - Claudius Claudius desires total conquest. Caratacus will fight for freedom.
An epic battle is coming, in this second gripping and visceral novel of the Roman invasion of Britain, for fans of Conn Iggulden and Simon Scarrow. The Roman legions smash into the British forces, but just as victory seems at hand, they wait. Reinforcements are coming, led by Emperor Claudius himself. And Rufus will have a very special part to play in the coming epic battle. The Stormlight Archive. This is an all-out epic fantasy with military fantasy aspects. Most of the story takes place on a battlefield and quite a few of the main characters are participants in that battle.
You get to see what life is like as the lowest of the low from the perspective of a doomed slave, whose job is pretty much just to die in a form of exotic fantasy trench warfare, and from one of the war leaders. The first book of the Draenei series and the best of the bunch.
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It becomes apparent soon enough that the premise of the story is not how long it takes the heroes to survive, but how long it will take them to die. Grand battles and heroes matched by even grander villains. Lots of battles as well. I could provide a laundry list of what you can expect if you read this: Babes, battles, brave-heart like prep talks, magic, love and betrayal, valor, and of course unadulterated heroism. What I like about Legend as that the author never tries to make it anything more than it is: heroic fantasy with a hell of a kick to it.
Take the roman empire in an alternate world where magic works, toss in a bit of Pokmon, sprinkle a few heroes into the mix and out pops Codex Alera. Lots of battles, an interesting magic system, a likeable hero who ascends the army ranks as the series progresses. Epic military fantasy that's just flat-out fun to read. What's not to like here? It's not dark and gritty like some of the other works Malazan, Song of Ice and Fire, Black Company , but it's still entertaining as hell.
The Prince of Nothing.
A prophet-like character suddenly appears when the world is balanced on a knife edge, with an evil god holding that knife. The cast are a compelling lot of ambiguous characters, including a philosophizing sorcerer, a selfish messiah, a murderous barbarian, a broken prostitute, conniving kings, and a relentless evil.
This one is about war, but a complex war where there are no winners and only losers. The book deals with the brutal conflict between a power-hungry empire, Nar, and the continent Lucel-Lar, a kingdom ruled by a religious zealot. This is not simply a book about the struggle between good and evil, but rather the story of being put into a terrible situation, making bad choices, then having to live with the consequences. This is where the novel starts to get good, where the author finally finds his stride — so you may have to bear with the bumpy first part.
The Ascendants of Estorea. Epic war fantasy where there is a clear sense of black and white. This is not so much the case with Ascendents of Estorea. There is room in the genre for a lighter military fantasy epic. The series has a bit of a lighter tone than some of the more heavy modern military fantasy series Martin, Black Company, Song of Ice and Fire , but the lighter tone is interspersed with some horrific ones too, such as the rape of a child.
The novel follows the conflict between two great powers, The Kingdom of Tsard and the Estorean Conquord. Barclay does an excellent job at detailing masterfully crafted battle scenes as they take place on the sea and across large stretches of open ground. The author has a firm grasp on battle tactics, much so than most of the authors who write military fantasy; he has a keen eye for real battle strategies and tactics.
Unlike some other authors who incorporate large battles cough Jordan , the use of magic fits in with the battle strategies and never seems overpowered. A gritty military fantasy with a compelling female lead. The book is set in an alternative yet real historical Europe, one that is based on reality and meticulously researched by the author. There is an almost gross amount of details of the mercenary way of life: setting up camp, marching, tactical battles. Court life and the historical cities are quite vividly depicted as well — providing a nice breather from all the dreary day-to-day life among soldiers.
The mercenary way of life, camping, battles, cities and courts are vividly described. Fans of military fantasy, strong females the protagonist is a female , military tactics, and alternate history should jump right on this one. Kan Savasci: a legend, a warrior, a mage… hero and villain. Tears of a Heart marks the tale of a young man, Aeden, who unwittingly shapes the world.
The writing is beautiful, layered, and timely. Chase Blackwood weaves an intricate tale that hints at so much more. And that may be its greatest challenge. Tears of a Heart, the first book in the series, was beautifully written, and interesting. It shows us an amazing world filled with detail and depth, but for a portion of it, just a touch slow. The writing, such beautiful writing, overshadows this, as does the ending.
Tower of the Arkein , the next book in the series, is where the story truly begins to unfold, and where Chase Blackwood shines as an author. It is fast paced, full of action, adventure, and love. A very strong entry in the fantasy genre, and if the next book is equally as good, expect it to make quite a splash. You can buy on Amazon now. Not your typical military fantasy fare, but a compelling if different read.