Month: January 2019

Walk Like an Egyptian? How Modern Fashion Appropriates Antiquity

Walk Like an Egyptian? How Modern Fashion Appropriates Antiquity

by Katherine Blouin Chanel took over New York's Metropolitan Museum of Arts on December 4 for its annual Arts et Métiers fashion show. This year's theme? Egypt. Except that, in many ways, it was not. What, and most importantly, who was showcased, then? The answer is unsurprisingly predictable, yet for this very reason, it powerfully … Continue reading Walk Like an Egyptian? How Modern Fashion Appropriates Antiquity

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Culture and Orientalism in Language Instruction Books – الثقافة والاستشراق في كتب تعلم اللغات

by Rachel Mairs ὁ Δικαιόπολις ἐκβαίνει ἐκ τοῦ οἴκου καὶ καλεῖ τὸν Ξανθίαν. ὁ Ξανθίας δοῦλός ἐστιν, ἰσχυρὸς μὲν ἄνθρωπος, ἀργὸς δε· οὐ γὰρ πονεῖ, εἰ μὴ πάρεσιν ὁ Δικαιὀπολις. νῦν δὲ κάθεύδει ἐν τῷ οἴκῳ. “Dikaiopolis leaves the house and calls Xanthias.  Xanthias is a slave, a strong man, but lazy: for he doesn’t … Continue reading Culture and Orientalism in Language Instruction Books – الثقافة والاستشراق في كتب تعلم اللغات

Orientalism, the Classics and Egypt III, or why you must be in Alexandria on March 11

Orientalism, the Classics and Egypt III, or why you must be in Alexandria on March 11

Will you (or are you searching for the perfect excuse to) be in Egypt on March 11? Do please come and join us at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina for the third Orientalism, the Classics and Egypt (OCE) day-long seminar. This year's event will focus on the reception of Egyptian culture and heritage in academia and beyond. … Continue reading Orientalism, the Classics and Egypt III, or why you must be in Alexandria on March 11

The Ancient Mediterranean in 5 words or What difference does a course make?

The Ancient Mediterranean in 5 words or What difference does a course make?

by Katherine Blouin Last Fall, I decided to do a little experiment in my 1st-year undergraduate course "The Ancient Mediterranean" (a Classics and History course). On the first day of class, right at the start of lecture, I distributed a homemade, anonymous survey to the group, which contained a few questions: What 5 words come … Continue reading The Ancient Mediterranean in 5 words or What difference does a course make?