OK you chaps. Enough of poring over a grimy Illiad, men. We have important news.
Bettany Hughes, the pin-up of the pre-socratics, has a new TV programme out. It’s called Atlantis: the evidence. And very nice she looks in it too. Lots of stuff about Thera and the Minoans, although I don’t think she puts on a Minoan costume, sadly.
There’s also a Daily Telegraph article here.
Refreshingly, she doesn’t slag off the popular ideas about Atlantis. Yes, they’re mistaken; but wisely she sees them rather as a bridge to ordinary people, a way in which people like us will be attracted to the study of antiquity and drawn into the fascinating subject.
Is it any wonder that I adore her?