Urban Theory and Performative Streetscapes

dwell.com Looking at the urban social history of Accra through the singular Oxford Street, part of the city’s most vibrant and globalized commercial district. By Dr. Ato Quayson / 09.03.2014 Professor of Literature University of Toronto The news caused ripples on ghanaweb.com, the Ghanaian website that carries information and news on the country for both locals and those[…]

Art in Medieval Greek Manuscripts

Use of a hand-siphon, a portable flame-thrower, from a siege tower equipped with a boarding bridge against the defenders on the walls. Medieval illumination in the manuscript Codex Vaticanus Graecus 1605. / Wikimedia Commons Many of the British Library’s Greek manuscripts contain beautiful illuminations. Here, Cillian O’Hogan provides a brief overview of the history of illumination[…]

Greek Manuscripts at the Dawn of Medieval Print

Add MS 34654 / British Library The development of printing in the 15th century signaled huge changes for the spread of Greek knowledge in Western Europe. Here, Eugenia Russell describes the key events in the early years of Greek printed books. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 07.16.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief The first real printed[…]

Storing and Accessing Books in Ancient Libraries

Celsus Library, Ephesus / Photo by the Austrian Archaeological Institute, Wikimedia Commons How were books stored and accessed in the ancient world? Matthew Nicholls explores what the surviving evidence of ancient books can tell us about libraries in antiquity. By Dr. Matthew Nicholls Associate Professor of Classics University of Reading The British Library holds many[…]

Roman Inscription Discovered from the Time of the Rule of Marcus Aurelius

The newly found inscription provides invaluable information about the construction of the Roman thermae in the Ancient Thracian city of Kabyle during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Photo: Yambol Regional Museum of History By Ivan Dikov / 07.05.2018 An intact Ancient Roman inscription in Latin dating back to the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161 – 180 AD) has[…]