Cambridge Festival of Ideas: the Ancient Worlds Highlights

ideasfestThe Cambridge Festival of Ideas runs from 17th to the 30th October. It’s one of the University’s biggest outreach events and has a wide range of talks, workshops and events open to everybody. A lot of them are specifically design to be family- or child friendly. If you’re in or around Cambridge, I highly recommend checking it out.

The full events list is available on the website, but here are a few things that might be of particular interest to this blog’s readers:

Statues, Stories and Stillness – Museum of Classical Archaeology

Migration and Language: Ancient Perspectives – St John’s College Old Divinity School

Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World – St John’s College Old Divinity School

A Journey to the End of the Earth and the Bottom of the Sea: the Alexander Romance in Greek and Beyond – Museum of Classical Archaeology

Language Detectives – Faculty of English

Climbing the Greasy Pole in Ancient Rome – Museum of Classical Archaeology

Digging the Future (Tomorrow, Today) – Gravel Hill Farm

Big Saturday at the Museum of Classical Archaeology – Museum of Classical Archaeology

I worked at the Museum of Classical Archaeology for several years during my PhD and beyond. It’s a wonderful, underappreciated gem of a museum, well worth visiting at any time.

Egasil: Treasure Hunt in Babylon – Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Discover ancient Babylon through the medium of a board game. I’ll be helping out on this from 12-1 on Thursday 27th, and my good friend Anna, of Mycenopoly fame, will also be doing a stint.

Vikings in your Vocabulary: How Old Norse Words Moved in – Faculty of English

What’s the Future for the Past? – Institute of Astronomy

Speak Like a Viking – Faculty of English

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