Currently reading: Ancestors by Alice Roberts πŸ“š February Photoblogging Challenge Day 25: code β€” Not exactly code but the 3rd century BCE Brahmi script Edicts of Ashoka did need deciphering in the 19th century. British Museum, June 2015. πŸ“·

Carved script on Pillar of Ashoka fragment

Earliest frescoes in Venice found during mosaic restoration πŸ”—

They also offer a rare glimpse into the artistic development of the lagoon before it was completely dominated by Venice.

New Research Reveals Origin of Stonehenge Stones πŸ”— β€” Excerpt: A new study has revealed the origins of Stonehenge’s sarsen stones, solving a mystery that has been speculated on for centuries.

Walking in London - Finding poetry, politics and more - a Flickr album πŸ“· πŸ”—


Mary in St Pancras πŸ”— β€” Excerpt: And then outside, to try to find Mary’s memorial. It is doubtful how much she would have recognised: some items (especially gravestones) have moved, and many (especially tombs) post-date her death, viz the Burdett-Coutts memorial sundial, the image to the left.

A visit to St Pancras Old Church: Mary Wollstonecraft, Sir John Soane and Edward Carpue πŸ”— β€” Excerpt: Although I visit the British Library from time to time I always find myself too exhausted or too worried about getting stuck with rush hour crowds to spend an hour or so at St Pancras Old Church.

Mary in Somers Town πŸ”— β€” Excerpt: A few days ago I went exploring, with Chihiro Umegaki, the Japanese historian mentioned earlier, and the Swedish performance designer Asa Norling. (Γ…sa had read the Scandinavian letters, and commented that Mary hadn’t much liked the Swedes.

Doh! How does Homer get on at the British Museum? β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… β€” link πŸ”—

Helen of Troy: the Greek epics are not just about war – they’re about women β€” link πŸ”—

πŸ”– Stunningly preserved fresco of Narcissus discovered in Pompeii

πŸ”– The fresco “Leda and the Swan” - Parco Archeologico di Pompei

πŸ”– A gallon of 2,000-year-old wine found in tomb

πŸ”– Enchanted garden of frescoes unearthed at Pompeii

πŸ”– Peterloo: The man who ordered a massacre

Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece review ― Astonishing, ravishing, sublime – exhibition at the British Museum which I’d really like to try and get to see.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s remains rediscovered in wine cellar πŸ“š

Smauel Taylor Coleridge

St. Fagans Museum of Welsh Life

Wall tiles at the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art, Athens.

Wall tiles painted with split-leaves revolving around a rosette, c. 1560 - at the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art, Athens.

Kerameikos Cemetery Reliefs

I was very impressed with the ancient cemetery site of Kerameikos in Athens today.

The small museum is excellent and I found the β€œhandshake” reliefs from the cemetery particularly moving. They show the deceased, usually seated, bidding farewell to the living.

Hobbling around the Temple of Hephaestus.

Early morning view from Trajan’s Forum.

Grave of John Keats in the Non-Catholic Cemetery, Rome