can usually find me tweeting about ancient history, archaeology and museums at @AlinaKozlovski. I
am one of the editors of our Classics Graduate Students Blog Res Gerendae
https://resgerendae.wordpress.com/ where you can see some of my posts which range in topics
from whether bits of the Colosseum should be rebuilt to using Lego to create historical anachronism.
For my PhD thesis I look at the relationship the Romans had with the material remains of their past.
Most societies have to, in some way, deal with the tangible traces of past generations, and the
Romans were no different. Some things remained from past ages because they were carefully
collected and treasured in homes, tombs and public spaces, while others were left behind after being
rendered unusable by deliberate destruction or the slow decay of time. I am interested in how
Romans thought about these heirlooms, ruins and fragments and in how these objects were not only
used as sources by those that wrote history but also the impact they had on the kind of history that
was written. This means that I not only study ancient history and archaeology but also delve into
ideas from heritage studies.
Before coming to Cambridge I did my BA in Ancient History, Classical Archaeology and Italian, and my
MPhil in Ancient History at the University of Sydney. During my undergraduate degree I also spent a
year at the University of Bologna where I got to experience ancient history and archaeology being
taught in a completely different way (and a different language!). I have excavated in Cyprus, Sicily
and Tuscany and love travelling to see ancient sites. Before starting my PhD I also worked for many
years at the Nicholson Museum in Sydney doing education programs for kids and adults (who
doesn’t love a job where you get to dress up as an ancient Roman…) and also at Hurstville Museum
& Gallery as a Museum Assistant doing things like exhibition research, collection management and
running events. Nowadays you can sometimes find me sitting at the front desk at the Museum of
Classical Archaeology in Cambridge.
During my week curating the Wethehumanities account I will be talking about history, archaeology,
museums and heritage. I also hope to visit some museums during the week and send some tweets
with pics and questions from there.
Some of the topics I plan to discuss are:
Copies and replicas and their place in museums
What does authenticity mean when we talk about objects from the past
Ruins and their place in our culture and past cultures
The value and the problems with reconstruction and re-enactment
How the past is presented to the public
I am really looking forward to my week curating the account!