About

classics are old...

But not irrelevant!

This simple website is an insane attempt to list every Classical reference, allusion, inference and suggestion there has ever been. I want this to be a resource that works both ways - so you can see which Classical references are being made and what bodies of works contain Classical references. 

Just search a topic, person, book, film... whatever you fancy, and see what comes up.

If I don't have it and you know it, fill out the contact form and I will review your submission with the hope of adding it to the site. 

If what you submit fits with what this site is trying to do, I will also add your contribution and include any contact information you like (including website links to your work if  it's appropriate). 

If we all make at least one contribution, this website will become huge!

But what's the point?

I think a great way to engage people in Classics is to show them just how relevant Classics are to their lives and the surprising places in which they can be found. 

Therefore, if we can make the content of this website genuinely diverse, we will be able to engage new people in a new ways. 

About me

I am a latecomer to Classics. I am an English teacher by trade and started learning Latin about 6 years ago so that I could teach it in my East London comprehensive school. I have since helped introduce Latin GCSE to my school and sat my Latin GCSE this year (May 2017). I am now learning Classical Greek with the hope that, one day, I will be able to teach this too.

I have found the Classical world a revelation and I am frustrated that it was not open to me as a student. As an English teacher, I feel it is important to know that these myths and histories are entwined in our culture. To know this, enriches our experiences of our own culture. You wouldn't be happy with a visit to The Louvre that only allowed you to the face of the Mona Lisa, would you? You would want to see what is around that face; you would want to see the whole work of art. A work of art is the sum of its parts, not its individual components, glimpsed in isolation from the rest. Therefore, we should make an effort to understand the Classical references and allusions that are made in our literature, TV, movies, games and poetry. If the creators of a works of art thought that it was important to include a Classical references in their pieces, we should make the effort to see them and understand their significance.

I hope this website will provide another way of looking at and accessing Classics. 

Please contribute!

David Hogg (August 2017)