Category Archives: Papyri

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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The curious incident of the dog and the palm tree

We all get so many emails. Some go directly in the ‘rubbish bin’; some only require a few words in response; others will give rise to many follow-up emails. There is one type of professional email, however, that always makes … Continue reading

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The lentil-cook and the pumpkin-seller went to market

While preparing a workshop on papyrology for our second-year undergraduate students, I came across a papyrus that made me cry with laughter. It may not have the same effect on you – I think you need to be at the end … Continue reading

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