Welcome to the next installment of Carnivalesque, a roundup of the best recent blogging on the ancient and medieval worlds!
The Olympics are now upon us, so let's begin with a few looks back at the original Olympic Games and medieval sport:
Cambridge don Mary Beard casts a classicist's gaze at the ancient Olympics.
And the British Library's medieval manuscripts blog offers images of medieval water sports and a papyrus with winners' names.
There seemed to be a good bit of interest in ancient and medieval canines, real and in name only, in the last few months:
How do you decline "Rover" and conjugate "fetch!" in ancient Greek? Find out in a post on the names of dogs in ancient Greece over at Wonders and Marvels.
And when is a she-wolf not a she-wolf? When the Dusthoveller is writing about Isabella, the regent of France and the iconography of the Chapel of St. Stephen's at Westminster.
Segueing into further biographies of ancient medieval women:
What's that on your head? Four updates on the head of Nefertiti from Zenobia, Empress of the East.
A saint, sister or slut? You decide after reading a quick biographical rundown of Edith of Wessex, Queen of England and wife of Edward the Confessor that offers lots of interesting details about her life and the changing loyalties of her immediate context.
Sappho, as quoted by the Emperor Julian, an adventure in the later Roman Empire.
The Olympics theme is running deep in this series of links. Medievalists on women in sport.
Medieval scribbling offers further insight into the lives of medieval subjects with doodles and mmmmarginalia and medieval illuminations and scribal practices which can be thought of as being curiously high-tech.
And to end with a total non-sequitur, because medievalists do see summer movies, choose your bat-time and bat-channel with wine in thirteenth-century England and Vandals in tenth-century Europe.