The Symbol of Oxford

I think I have found the perfect symbol of Oxford – the New College sundial: Just like the university, the sundial is an ancient survival from an earlier time – the far distant year of 1999. Many venerable Oxford institutions have similarly truncated antiquity: the Oxford tutorial system dates back to the 1800s, the boat…

To London!

Oxford sits on one of the spokes of London, the largest metropolitan area in the EU. It is inevitable that a some point or other, one will have to visit. ¬†Here’s how it is done. How to get to London Drive (If you can afford a car and a parking space) Bike along the Thames…

Ich imparo multas glossas

One thing that occupies an inordinate amount of my time at the moment is the fact that not everybody writes in English (or alternatively, the fact that I’ve never bothered to learn other modern languages, but I prefer it when my problems seem not to be self-inflicted). (For instance, nothing about this occasion or the…

Matriculation

My life is currently occupied by Italian books on Hellenistic Sicily: (There’s something wrong with this Latin…) It’s not awfully exciting, so I thought I might write about matriculation, even though it actually happened last weekend. The purpose of matriculation is to officially enter the names of new students in the university register.¬†Obviously, this minor…

The Libraries

I said that I would follow up with a post on the libraries (And to everyone’s regret, received encouragement to do so). Hard to make libraries exciting if you’re not already excited about them, so tl;dr: “there are quite a lot of books.” There are about a hundred university libraries in Oxford. This is a…

The Department

Having written about my lodgings, I probably ought to write about my new department. This is the Faculty of Classics, which contains somewhere around sixty academics and several hundred students. It is divided into two broad divisions: language/literature and history/archaeology (though there is also a seperate faculty of archaeology), which I am assured have only…

Arrival & College

There may only ever be one post in this blog, but it seemed easier than sending identical emails to everyone. So, after two twelve hour flights, I made it to Oxford last week. The city put on a very fine three days and then it started to rain. I suspect that this may be the…