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It’s been a while since one of these. There’s been a lot of other things going on, so we haven’t had room. The Richard III results aren’t in yet, so I won’t talk about that. But there have been a lot of cool discoveries in the field,  mostly relating to treasure. Let’s face it, nothing glitters like gold, no matter what the Lord of the Rings tells you.  Continue reading

It’s the last day of the first week of the rest of the term, which is another way of saying that you’ve got a long road ahead of you. Not to worry, Labyrinth and I are here to celebrate the good and do our best to fix the bad. Today I’ve got a list of some great opportunities coming up this term. Some of them you can do now, and some of them should stay on the back burner of your brain. Go past the jump to learn about just some of the interesting opportunities you have this term.

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Welcome back from your holidays. I hope they were wonderful and restful. Mine were a little of both. You’ve got a term full of courses to get ready for, so I’m not going to drop any heavy science on you today. This term we’ll be talking more about Tiresias, as well as about the Classics Student Society, particularly about how it works, and how to get involved. We’ll have more guest posts from students about student life, and I’ll hopefully finish up that Latin song I’ve been working on, as well as re-recording a few other ones. I got a microphone for Christmas. From…Well, from me. Welcome to the life of the lone wolf academic.

 

Anyway, I hope you have a great term. Leave a comment below about what you hope to do this term, and what you’re most worried about. If it’s within our power, Labyrinth is here to help. Now watch this video of a penguin falling over.

You’re almost done finals, and this is the last post of the term, so I thought I’d make it a good one. Your grades don’t matter. That’s not strictly true, but it makes for a really good title. But they don’t matter as much as you think they do. Not for grants, and not for grad school. There are other things that matter a lot more. Before this sends you into an existential crisis, let me explain.  Continue reading

I was going to upload today’s post after lunch, a funny Latin music video. But I got back to my desk to find that there’s been a shooting at a school in Connecticut. Eighteen children and nine adults are dead. Take a break from your finals, and just sit with your friends and family.

This past Monday, we had our end of term dinner. It’s a tradition in Classics that goes back a few years, a chance to get together and celebrate surviving another term of university, and to take our minds off of looming finals. Unfortunately I couldn’t be there, and the consuls are currently absorbed by the aforementioned finals. But here are some pictures of how I imagine it went.  Continue reading

Essay Writing 101

We may be living in a material world, but academics live in a citation nation. Proper citation is one of the most important and most often overlooked aspects of an essay, and can affect not only your final grade, but your academic future. Taking the extra time to make sure everything is cited properly is always worth it, and tools like Refworks make doing it easy. This isn’t a post on how to cite things, though I’ll include some links to style guides. It’s about why it’s important to cite things properly, and how you can make it easier.  Continue reading