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Genocide and the Middle Roman Republic, a free lecture by me

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Next month I'm presenting the first of this academic year's Exploring the Past free lecture series hosted by Cardiff University's Continuing and Professional Education in conjunction with the Historical Association. I'm very excited by the opportunity; they get a great mix of people in the audience: professionals, well-informed amateurs, and those who have never learnt about a subject but are always engaged. 
I've pasted some details are pasted below, but the full listing can be seen on the CPE's portal.

On the removal of statues

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THIS morning, a friend messaged me to ask my opinion on the issue of the removal of statues from public space. Well, he actually sent me a link to a youtube video and asked my take on it, and like any good academic I didn't watch the argument it made but formed opinions purely in response to its title.My reply to him was that I'd have to blog it, because I don't think that there's an unequivocal solution or explanation to the problem, and that my thoughts weren't suitable to the immediacy of instant messaging.I say problem, because it has increasingly become one of late. Before the violence of Charlottesville, and the subsequent mass removal of statues commemorating US Confederate leaders, there was already increasing consternation about statues in public or quasi-public spaces, in particular statues on university campuses to Old White Dude benefactors who may definitely have built their fortunes on the misery of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Bristol and other ci…

A hiaku on a broken monitor

Monitor two's failed. I feel a bit betrayed. One screen, how rustic.

A pictorial odyssey through some #FabulaeFaciles

A while ago I ran some tweets with pics from an old copy of F. Ritchies's Fabulae Faciles, a Latin storybook for schoolchildren illustrated by Robinson. I've lazily just embedded the tweets below--enjoy!

This week I'll be tweeting pics each day of Robinson's illustrations from #FabulaeFaciles by F. Ritchie pic.twitter.com/n17v0kx1PH— David Colwill (@majikmutton) April 10, 2017
First of this week's #fabulaefaciles: Perseus saving Andromeda, and a gorgon-petrified Polydectes pic.twitter.com/x9OPAwgAf9— David Colwill (@majikmutton) April 10, 2017

Day 2 of #fabulaefaciles. Hercules, boy and man. Hercules likes to strangle things, doesn't like centaurs. pic.twitter.com/qVbB1c6p0C— David Colwill (@majikmutton) April 11, 2017
Hercules' Labours cont, shooting Stymphalian birds & about to hold heavens up for Atlas (shown typically w Earth instead) #fabulaefacilespic.twitter.com/C3TI95WFa7— David Colwill (@majikmutton) April 11, 2017
My absolute favourite from #fabula…