Category Archives: History of the body

Grandmas and Breastfeeding in Antiquity and Beyond

One of the great pleasures of working in academia is to collaborate with people from different disciplines. Over the last eighteen months, I have had the great privilege to work with sociologist Heather Trickey (@HeatherTrickey) and consultant midwife Julia Sanders … Continue reading

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Breastmilk and other bodily fluids

UK news have been awash with breastfeeding this last week. A mum of a 12-week old baby was told to cover up while nursing at posh hotel Claridge’s. This was followed by a media frenzy, with commentators on both sides of the … Continue reading

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She-Wolf

Today Big Boy T and I went to Ostia Antica, the ruins of the harbour of Rome. I thought I would blog about the midwife Scribonia Attica (second century CE), whose tomb is supposed to be somewhere in Ostia. Let’s just say … Continue reading

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Unctuous Rome

This week Big Boy T (age  7 and a half) and I are visiting Rome and the Vesuvius area and this blog will turn travelogue. We have left P and Little Boy G behind, as I am on a research … Continue reading

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A dragon lives forever but not so little boys and girls

It has hit me: Toddler G. is no longer really a toddler. Age-wise, he still is only under 30 months, but he does not toddle any more, except when he runs (and he runs a lot – and fast). And … Continue reading

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Where the wild things are

I have to thank my colleague Jane Draycott (@JLDraycott) who gave me the idea for this post. She came to Cardiff a few weeks ago to give a great paper on votive hair in antiquity (yes, there was such a … Continue reading

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Bum notes

Like many others – I guess – I have rather over-indulged over Christmas and New Year. I find myself with a nicely padded bottom as a result. But hopefully this won’t last, as I won’t be spending too much time … Continue reading

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