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WONDER WOMAN: THE AMAZING AMAZONS – HISTORY & MYTH

I’m loved the buzz Wonder Woman received from the launch of the 2017 Film, which is finally out now on DVD, and now Leigh Bardugo’s new book in the DC Icon Series, Wonder Woman: Warbringer. So I thought I would write a blog post on the inspiration behind Princess Diana’s Amazonian World, but also shed some light on the ‘mythical’ and ‘real’ Amazons in ancient history. Continue reading WONDER WOMAN: THE AMAZING AMAZONS – HISTORY & MYTH

Italy’s Invisible Cities: BBC One – Naples, Venice & Florence

Hi Everyone, A fantastic new series of three episodes that launched this year was Italy’s Invisible Cities: BBC One about uncovering the hidden cities in the urban areas of Naples, Venice, and Florence. The episodes are presented by Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott in partnership with ScanLAB Projects as they explore the hidden spaces that have helped these great cities change the world. The programmes bring a fascinating, fresh perspective to 2,000 years of history, from the original Roman bath complex outside Naples, through the reign of the Venetian Doge’s to the birth of the Renaissance in Florence. I’m … Continue reading Italy’s Invisible Cities: BBC One – Naples, Venice & Florence

Pompeii and Herculaneum – Exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Hi Everyone, Ever since I studied Pompeii and Herculaneum as part of my Year 12 Ancient History core topic, I have always dreamed about travelling to Italy to visit these heavily enriched archaeological sites. I have always been fascinated by the architecture, structure, art, history, but most importantly, the people and their daily lives of these well-documented areas. Luckily and finally, this year I’ll be heading off to Europe again after four years, and Italy will be my first stop. There will be future posts documenting my travels at Rome, Pompeii and Herculaneum later in the year. However, I was … Continue reading Pompeii and Herculaneum – Exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Second Archaeologist Interview: Dr Dora Katsonopoulou about The Helike Project

Hi Everyone, I had the pleasure to interview Dr Dora Katsonopoulou, the Director of The Helike Project, and President of The Helike Society based in Achaea, Greece. She is an archaeologist, a researcher, a consultant of international research programs and Board member of scientific Institutes and Organisations, a guest lecturer at Universities and Institutions, and she has organised four International Conferences on Ancient Helike and Aigialeia. She is the Leader of excavations conducted at Helike near Aigio since 2000. I contacted Dora in February 2013 and asked if she could cite my short story, Helike, on the Helike Project’s website … Continue reading Second Archaeologist Interview: Dr Dora Katsonopoulou about The Helike Project

First Archaeologist Interview: Dr Stavros Vlizos about The Amyklaion: Amykles Research Project

Hi Everyone, I had the pleasure to interview Dr Stavros Vlizos, the Assistant Director of The Amyklaion: Amykles Research Project. He is an archaeologist, a researcher and lecturer at the Ionian University in Corfu. I contacted Stavros in March 2014 and asked if he could cite my short story, Taras’ Parthenians on the Amyklaion’s website to help promote their work and the awareness of the sanctuary of the Amyklaion to the general public. In my short story the main scene of rebellion between the Parthenians against the Spartans took place at the sanctuary of the Amyklaion. Stavros answered 15 Questions … Continue reading First Archaeologist Interview: Dr Stavros Vlizos about The Amyklaion: Amykles Research Project

Greek Bronze Statue – Mystery Solved!

Hi Everyone, A week ago I sent a call out to my Greek Mythology friends about a Greek Bronze statue I purchased for my father for Christmas. Thank you to Paul Gauchi and Rebecca Lochlann for commenting. We were all so close with our analysis of the statue. Rebecca, you thought it could be a “Greek Youth” and Paul provided a very good examination on the statue’s stance and crown, thinking it could be a lover of one of the gods. And I thought it was Adonis because he seemed so “beautiful”, but then because of the flower on the … Continue reading Greek Bronze Statue – Mystery Solved!

Short Story – Helike: Video of Gianna Stefanatou Reading at The Helike V Conference

Hi Everyone, I’m so excited to announce that the video I have been waiting for of the actress Gianna Stefanatou reading my short story ‘Helike’ at the Helike V Conference on the 4th of October 2013 at the University of Patras in Greece is out! Although my short story was read in Greek, the pace and how the story was read with emotional intensity was brilliant, along with the beautiful piano playing. I’m ecstatic! Wish I was there. It’s wonderful to see my short story brought to life. Best wishes to the Helike Society! Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv9B5sFEamw&feature=youtu.be Enjoy, … Continue reading Short Story – Helike: Video of Gianna Stefanatou Reading at The Helike V Conference

2014 Historical Genre – Popularity On The Rise

Hi Everyone, The post I wrote about Historical Epics– Films and the Genre has me thinking about all the new films coming out in 2014. There are so many historical films like: Noah (one of many) Pompeii (one of many) Sparta: Rise Of An Empire Hercules: The Legend Begins Atlantis – new TV series And I have to mention Katy Perry’s music video ‘Dark Horse’ depicts Ancient Egypt! There is so much going on with historical mass production, I feel like it is on steroids at the moment. Maybe not the best simile. But I think it has something to … Continue reading 2014 Historical Genre – Popularity On The Rise