Reflections on Archaeology with Dr Sarah Murray

Dr Sarah Murray is an archaeologist with a focus on the material culture and development of institutions of early Greece, particularly from the end of the Late Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age (1300-700 BCE) with the collapse of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations and its aftermath. She has over a decade of fieldwork experience and has worked on sites across the Mediterranean. Currently, she is co-director of the Bays of East Attica Regional Survey and Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Toronto. On October 28, she will be hosting an online lecture The Archaeology of State Failure: Life on a Greek Refuge Islet in Troubled Times of the Ancient Past. For more information, s

Winner Winner Roman Chicken Dinner

Cooking dinner is a daily act, but often comes with its own range of emotions. Sometimes we look forward to it, particularly if it’s Pastitsio Night or Fish and Chips Friday! We get excited and dinner becomes one of the highlights of our day. But it can also feel like a grind, figuring out what to make night after night. In these instances, it is easy to take the easy route and grab some take-away. But did people from two millennia ago have the same concerns? Of course, they did. There is archaeological and literary evidence for street food and ‘fast-food’ restaurants in both ancient Greece and Rome, there is even evidence of this style of dining dating as far back as 3200 BCE in Mesopotamia

Angie Giannakodakis on altruism, etiquette and passion in the hospitality industry

Epocha Restaurant (Image supplied) Tell us a bit about you… When did you get started in the industry, and what has been your path to running your own restaurants? I had always loved restaurant/hospitality and the service around looking after people. I wasn’t enjoying studies at university and decided to leave for Greece. I lived in Athens and worked in bars and restaurants, eventually becoming a very good sommelier before coming back to Melbourne after 11 years. I worked my way through the Melbourne restaurant scene, falling in love with managing and guiding teams to become the best that hey can be. As a restaurateur I have extended my repertoire of understanding a small business and have be

Theseus and the Minotaur - the man the myth and the ...science

Theseus wrestling the Minotaur, Attic black-figure siana cup 550-560 BCE; God, Myths & Mortals Exhibition Like Odysseus and Orpheus, Theseus was a legendary hero of the distant past, supposedly an offspring of King Aegeus, a human being or the god Poseidon. To those who wrote about him in ancient times, he was an actual hero, founder of Athens and responsible for the political unification of Attica under Athens. Plutarch wrote using sources from mid-fifth century BCE and fourth century BCE. His historical reality has not been proved, but scholars believe that Theseus may have been alive during the Late Bronze Age, possibly as a king in the 8th or 9th century BCE. The most famous tale about T

Orpheus: a lover, not a fighter

Lyre Player and Bird Fresco from the Throne Room of Nestor's palace in Pylos dated LH IIIB (about 1300 BCE). The story of Orpheus, like those of Odysseus and Achilles is another that predates written language and encompasses elements that inform cultural depictions until the present day. Poets such as Simonides of Ceos said that Orpheus' virtuoso music and singing could charm the birds, fish and wild beasts, coax the trees and rocks into dance, and divert the course of rivers. It may well be Orpheus depicted in the above image; a fresco which survived the fire which brought the Mycenaean world to an end in about 1200 BCE, uncovered in Pylos. Against the ragged background, the poet, let’s cal

In the Hands of the Potter

Lydia Hardwick is a ceramicist and artist educator based in London and Essex. Lydia is an artist who works across the fields of art and design. Her recent artistic focus has been on creating pots in a range of forms and designs, including some inspired by ancient Cypriot pottery. Outside of work, Lydia has also dabbled in creating her own Mycenaean Psi-style figures for friends. As an artist educator and qualified teacher, she has undertaken educational projects with many galleries including the Royal Academy of Arts, Whitechapel Gallery & Camden Arts Centre. Can you tell us about yourself and the art you create? How did you first get started in ceramics? Whilst studying sculpture at art col

Ikaria: Food and Life in the Blue Zone

Ikaria, in the Aegean Sea is known for its beautiful coves and mountain outlooks but also for the longevity and health of its people. It is one of the world's five 'Blue Zones' the others being: Loma Linda, CA, USA; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Sardinia, Italy and Okinawa, Japan. People who reside in these five places have a life expectancy 10 years longer than virtually anywhere else in the world and reach the venerable age of 100 at rates 10 times greater than elsewhere in the world. There are also significantly lower rates of chronic illness like heart disease, cancer and diabetes but also people suffer less from dementia and depression. Teams of anthropologists, demographers, epidemiologists, an

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