Our undergaduates have been writing blogs for Professor Ray Laurence’s unit: The City of Rome. They can choose any topic to research and develop. Ben Turnell developed a fascination with Roman concrete, but the rest of the class did not necessarily share his enthusiasm. To convince them he introduced puns - setting his argument in stone! Ray and his class were treated to a concrete moment each week and Ben went from strength to strength developing knowledge and humour. Read the blog post on Concreting the Empire!
Reading the blog – we learn about the technology behind Roman construction drawing on the modern scientific analysis of standing remains in Rome. Concrete really is a subject that ought to be better known and to sit alongside modern perceptions of say the Ides of March and Caesar’s murder. Ray Laurence commented that: ‘Ben’s blog reveals both his knowledge of the subject and his joy in entertaining a class of serious Roman historians, many wished to discuss propaganda - but he put them straight and drew their attention to the wonders of Roman concrete.’ BEWARE THIS BLOG CONTAINS PUNS!