All entries for October 2011

October 17, 2011

Welcome to new undergraduates

Writing about web page

I hope that First Year students are settling in and starting to find resources for modules. If any of you still need help finding your way round, Get Started tours of the Library for new students are runnning until Friday 21st October but the information will still be available on the Library's Get Started pages after that date.

October 10, 2011


Writing about web page

The BBC2 programme City Beneath the Waves: Pavlopetri, shown on 9th October at 8pm, was another good example of the part science and technology plays in archaeology.

For those who want to read more about the vision-based underwater mapping system shown in the programme, the Library has full text access to an IEEE conference paper delivered in May 2011 in Shanghai, China, by members of the Pavlopetri Project Team, Mahon, Ian; Pizarro, Oscar; Johnson-Roberson, Matthew; Friedman, Ariell; Williams, Stefan B.; Henderson, Jon C.: Reconstructing Pavlopetri: mapping the world's oldest submerged town using stereo-vision, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2011, page(s): 2315 - 2321.

To login to IEEE Xplore, go to the Library Catalogue, follow the link to Databases and click on letter I, or click on this link

October 07, 2011

Welcome to new postgraduates

Good to meet postgraduate students this morning during Alison Cooley's and Fabienne Marchand's session in the Teaching Grid. This was a very useful introduction to epigraphy and also demonstrated the part technology is playing in Classics - for example, a Document Visualiser makes it possible for a group of students to view a page from a book simultaneously or to magnify an inscription. (It can also be used very successfully for displaying ancient coins and artefacts, as I've seen on previous occasions.)

Epigraphers are indeed a cooperative community and many collections of inscriptions are freely available online as part of ongoing projects. We already have links to some of them on the Library catalogue, and others can be added as the year goes on.

At the end of the session I was able to show some of the students the Research Exchange and publicise the various networking opportunities available, which can help research seem a less lonely and daunting experience. Registration for the online course 23 Things for the Digital Professional is now open - more information from

October 05, 2011

Greek Islands Trip

Roman Aqueduct, Moria, Lesvos

In September we visited 4 Greek islands - Patmos, Chios, Lesvos and Samos. So much to see and take in, much of the itinerary new to me. Peter Jones (founder of Friends of Classics) organised readings from the works of Herodotus and Sappho, and Stan Ireland (Classics Department) gave talks on the area and the ancient world in general. Highlights for me were the Roman 2nd century AD Aqueduct at Moria on Lesvos and the 6th century BC Aqueduct-Tunnel of Eupalinos and the Heraion, both near Pythagoreio on Samos. We also visited some superb Byzantine churches, including the Monastery of St John on Patmos, Nea Moni and the chapel of Panayia Krina on Chios, and Moni Leimonos on Lesvos. Not strictly related to libraries or to information resources but it was good revision for me of ancient sites, classical architecture and Greek history. A very worthwhile trip and it renewed my enthusiasm for the subject as we go into the new session.

October 04, 2011

First Post

Titus Pomponius Atticus (110-32 BC) was a publisher, editor and correspondent of Cicero, and would quite possibly have been an enthusiastic blogger if he'd had the opportunity. The aim of this blog is to publicise developments in information resources in Classics specifically, and also within the Library as a whole, to members of the Department of Classics and Ancient History.

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