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Reading, Writing, Romans

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This series explores the lives of Romans through the Latin inscriptions collection at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, as part of an AHRC funded project between the University of Oxford and the University of Warwick.

Latest Episodes

Felas Octavi

New research reveals that this sling bullet is much ruder than previously thought. Prof. Alison Cooley discusses this with Dr Jane Masséglia and Dr Hannah Cornwell in the Ashmolean's updated Reading and Writing Gallery.

5 MIN2017 APR 11
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Felas Octavi

The Real Abascantianus

On 30th October 2015, we staged a Roman funeral in the Ashmolean Museum. But who were we burying? Here you can hear the talk that Prof. Alison Cooley gave on the night, telling the story of the man behind the urn.

6 MIN2016 APR 26
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The Real Abascantianus

Rider Reliefs

Prof. Alison Cooley talks with Dr Jane Masséglia about two Roman tombstones showing men on horseback, recently installed by AshLI in the Ashmolean Museum's Rome Gallery.

6 MIN2016 APR 26
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Rider Reliefs

Early Christian Gold Glass

Prof. Alison Cooley and Dr Jane Masséglia from the Ashmolean Latin Inscriptions Project, talking about the symbols and celebrations of early Christians in the Roman Empire.

7 MIN2016 APR 26
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Early Christian Gold Glass

The building bricks of an empire

The bricks that built the Roman Empire Professor Alison Cooley and Dr Jane Masséglia, from the Ashmolean Latin Inscriptions Project, take a closer look at some of the brickstamps in the museum’s collection, including the snazzy personal logo of a man named Lupus.

5 MIN2015 SEP 21
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The building bricks of an empire

Freedmen and Friends

A funerary inscription reveals questions of social status and friendship in the Roman world. Prof. Alison Cooley and Dr Hannah Cornwell from the AshLI Project, talk about a tombstone which marked the plot of an entire Roman familia: spouses, freedmen and good friends, all together in the same burial, and consider questions of social status in the Roman world.

2 MIN2015 JUL 27
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Freedmen and Friends

A Bullet with your Name on

Slingshot bullet from the seige of Perusia, 41/40 BC. Dr Jane Masséglia and Dr Hannah Cornwell discuss the messages and insults flung (literally!) between opposing sides during the Roman civil war of Perusia (41/40 BC), on display in the Rome Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

3 MIN2015 MAY 12
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A Bullet with your Name on

A Roman Intelligence Officer

A Roman Intelligence Officer stationed in Britain. Being in the Roman Army wasn't all about building roads and dressing up as a legionary. In the third AshLI podcast, Alison Cooley and Jane Masséglia investigate the tombstone of a Roman Military Intelligence Officer who served in Britain before retiring to Rome. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

3 MIN2015 MAY 12
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A Roman Intelligence Officer

A Roman Soldier's plaque to Hercules

The Roman soldier who went to Newcastle and punched Hercules. Professor Alison Cooley and Dr Jane Masséglia, from the Ashmolean Latin Inscriptions Project, talk about a tiny Roman plaque found near Hadrian's Wall in the North of England. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

2 MIN2015 MAY 12
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A Roman Soldier's plaque to Hercules

Hercules and the Roman teenager

A memorial for a teenage son, with some unusual images of Hercules. The Roman teenager who was his mum’s little superhero. Hear Prof. Alison Cooley and Dr Jane Masséglia in conversation in the Ashmolean's Randolph Gallery. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

4 MIN2015 MAY 12
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Hercules and the Roman teenager
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Latest Episodes

Felas Octavi

New research reveals that this sling bullet is much ruder than previously thought. Prof. Alison Cooley discusses this with Dr Jane Masséglia and Dr Hannah Cornwell in the Ashmolean's updated Reading and Writing Gallery.

5 MIN2017 APR 11
Comments
Felas Octavi

The Real Abascantianus

On 30th October 2015, we staged a Roman funeral in the Ashmolean Museum. But who were we burying? Here you can hear the talk that Prof. Alison Cooley gave on the night, telling the story of the man behind the urn.

6 MIN2016 APR 26
Comments
The Real Abascantianus

Rider Reliefs

Prof. Alison Cooley talks with Dr Jane Masséglia about two Roman tombstones showing men on horseback, recently installed by AshLI in the Ashmolean Museum's Rome Gallery.

6 MIN2016 APR 26
Comments
Rider Reliefs

Early Christian Gold Glass

Prof. Alison Cooley and Dr Jane Masséglia from the Ashmolean Latin Inscriptions Project, talking about the symbols and celebrations of early Christians in the Roman Empire.

7 MIN2016 APR 26
Comments
Early Christian Gold Glass

The building bricks of an empire

The bricks that built the Roman Empire Professor Alison Cooley and Dr Jane Masséglia, from the Ashmolean Latin Inscriptions Project, take a closer look at some of the brickstamps in the museum’s collection, including the snazzy personal logo of a man named Lupus.

5 MIN2015 SEP 21
Comments
The building bricks of an empire

Freedmen and Friends

A funerary inscription reveals questions of social status and friendship in the Roman world. Prof. Alison Cooley and Dr Hannah Cornwell from the AshLI Project, talk about a tombstone which marked the plot of an entire Roman familia: spouses, freedmen and good friends, all together in the same burial, and consider questions of social status in the Roman world.

2 MIN2015 JUL 27
Comments
Freedmen and Friends

A Bullet with your Name on

Slingshot bullet from the seige of Perusia, 41/40 BC. Dr Jane Masséglia and Dr Hannah Cornwell discuss the messages and insults flung (literally!) between opposing sides during the Roman civil war of Perusia (41/40 BC), on display in the Rome Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

3 MIN2015 MAY 12
Comments
A Bullet with your Name on

A Roman Intelligence Officer

A Roman Intelligence Officer stationed in Britain. Being in the Roman Army wasn't all about building roads and dressing up as a legionary. In the third AshLI podcast, Alison Cooley and Jane Masséglia investigate the tombstone of a Roman Military Intelligence Officer who served in Britain before retiring to Rome. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

3 MIN2015 MAY 12
Comments
A Roman Intelligence Officer

A Roman Soldier's plaque to Hercules

The Roman soldier who went to Newcastle and punched Hercules. Professor Alison Cooley and Dr Jane Masséglia, from the Ashmolean Latin Inscriptions Project, talk about a tiny Roman plaque found near Hadrian's Wall in the North of England. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

2 MIN2015 MAY 12
Comments
A Roman Soldier's plaque to Hercules

Hercules and the Roman teenager

A memorial for a teenage son, with some unusual images of Hercules. The Roman teenager who was his mum’s little superhero. Hear Prof. Alison Cooley and Dr Jane Masséglia in conversation in the Ashmolean's Randolph Gallery. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

4 MIN2015 MAY 12
Comments
Hercules and the Roman teenager
the END
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