This is my first blog on my first website - so forgive me if it is not what a blog should be and the website is not to up to scratch.
I've been thinking about making this website for a while, but the idea tended to stop at the 'thought' stage because I had no idea about how to make a website. Thankfully, my wife started making one this summer for her jewellery (www.ilovedollyjewellery.co.uk btw) and by looking over her shoulder I picked up enough knowledge to put this one together.
So, what is it for and what's it about?
Well, I am new to Classics. I started learning Latin to support my English grammar knowledge about 6 years ago (I'm an English teacher by day) and the more I learnt about Rome and Greece, the more I saw their influences on the culture and media around me. I loved seeing the references that would have passed me by B.C. (Before Classics) or recognising the significance of a character's name in a movie (oh Mal-eficent! I get it!). But I could never find a website that would list all of these references in one place that I could browse without the effort of searching through Wikipedia. So this is what this website hopes one day to be - a place where people interested in TV, movies, poetry and novels can come and see the Classical links that are sometimes overt and sometimes hidden in texts.
I can't do this all on my own though - I need the world to contribute! So, if you think you know a Greek or Roman reference in a movie (or book, or poem, or whatever) please fill out the contact form and I will try to put it on to this website.
And I know you have one, so share it!
These references are everywhere and to prove it, I am not going to look on my bookshelf for one, but instead I am going to look at the box of audio casettes (pictured) on the floor awaiting their ascension into the loft. It's a strange collection from my youth of the cool, the kitsch and the cringe that I couldn't throw away after my mum made me clear out my childhood bedroom. Whilst searching for inspiration for this post I saw the cover of Metallica's ...And Justice for All. I looked up what the statue on the cover was based on and found out that it is called Lady Justice and it is an allegorical personification of the moral force in judicial systems. Her attributes are a blindfold, a balance, and a sword. She often appears as a pair with Prudentia who holds a mirror and a snake. Lady Justice is also known in Latin as Iustitia/Justitia the Roman goddess of Justice, who is equivalent to the Greek goddess Themis.
So there you go - Metallica and Classics. Who knew?