A. E. Stallings

Painting of Odysseus and the Sirens by John William Waterhouse (1891)

Could the Odyssey have been the work of a woman after all?

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Until recently, it seemed we were living in an age of Iliads. Since 2007, the ancient Homeric epic has been…

Sign for a thermopolium (taverna) in Pompeii, depicting a phoenix, with the inscription ‘Phoenix Felix et Tu’ – ‘the Phoenix is happy (or lucky) – and you!’

Bird thou never wert

8 April 2017 9:00 am

The most appealing phoenix in literature is surely the eponymous bird from E. Nesbit’s 1904 classic, The Phoenix and the…

The Siege of Troy (Musée des Beaux-Arts, Blois, 17th century)

A woman’s version of the Trojan War

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The Iliad begins with a grudge and ends with a funeral. In between are passages, if not necessarily of boredom,…

Parmenion

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Athens The air-raid siren howls Over the quiet, the un-rioting city. It’s just a drill. But the unearthly vowels Ululate…

Parmenion

18 June 2015 1:00 pm

Athens The air-raid siren howls Over the quiet, the un-rioting city. It’s just a drill. But the unearthly vowels Ululate…

Parmenion

18 June 2015 1:00 pm

Athens The air-raid siren howls Over the quiet, the un-rioting city. It’s just a drill. But the unearthly vowels Ululate…