It’s been a while, but now I’m finally writing a new post! The last month has been very stressful. Exams, digital humanities conference in Graz (#dhd2015), visiting my familiy, going back to Munich and leaving after one day to catch the flight to London for my exchange with the University of Cambridge.
First I’ve got to say: the last few days have been overwhelming! It started with a formal dinner at St. John’s where I was staying.
It is one of the richest colleges and quite big I think. We had a three-course dinner and a wonderful atmosphere, you could almost breathe history here.
The next two days went by so quickly. We started the next day with an introduction to the Faculty of Classics by Professor Meissner and had a private lecture about Linear B (handwriting for Mycenaean Greek about 1350-1200 BC). The opportunity to see some examples in clay was really interesting!
After that we could choose which lectures we wanted to visit. I decided to go to „Art and Archaeology“ then we went to the Faculty library. We had a guided tour and the chance to see some rare archaeological books from the 18th and 19th centuries, which I found especially fascinating. I work nearly every day with various graphics and so I could compare them in my head.
Did you know that the Faculty of Classics even have their own museum, the „Cast Gallery“? We have something similar in Munich, the „Museum für Abgüsse klassischer Bildwerke„. In Munich we have more statues, but I think it’s better curated in Cambridge.
One of the most captivating moments was the concert at King’s College Chapel. There was a choral singing, candles everywhere and silence – complete concinnity for me. As the day faded, we enjoyed another formal dinner at Peterhouse (the oldest college) and drinks at their bar.