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Why other histories matter

Photo Lupinare III (cc) Nick in exsilio. I have an interest in ancient prostitution. It’s not what I’d call a guilty pleasure, because when you read about the miserable lives the women had it’s hardly pleasure, but there is plenty of guilt. I...

Did ancient Greek women sunbathe?

6th Century BC, Athenian black-figured neck amphora with Satyrs. Photo (cc) Mary Harrsch. I thought the answer was no. There’s a reason for this and it’s due to the proper place of a good woman. For the Greeks a chaste woman would remain in the house as...

An Apt Memorial

Helena-Reet transformed into Cleopatra. Photo by mnadi. I attended the fifth Dorothy Buchan Lecture last night at Leicester. Dorothy Buchan was a retired headmistress of a school in Leicester with an interest in Graeco-Roman Egypt and the study of women in antiquity....

Golden Tunic of Ancient Courtesan Discovered

I’m tending not to reprint the press releases I get sent as they can be read on anyone else’s site. But this one seems to have slipped by unnoticed, which is a shame as it’s rather cool. A golden tunic has been discovered in the Ukraine. I assume...