Max Norman is studying literature at the University of Oxford

Detail from a page of the Codex Mexicana, c. 1541, created as a handbook for Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and king of Spain, providing him with information about his new province. The writing is in the Mexica language, Nahuatl, and Spanish. Image courtesy Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

A new tower of Babel rises in the Bodleian Library

We know what translation can do – but what does it look like? Eight centuries of multilingual activity is on show in Oxford

17 Apr 2019
Bust of Antinous with Greek inscription, (AD 130–138), discovered in Balanea, Syria in 1879. Private collection

The most beautiful boy in the Roman empire

Antinous, favourite of the emperor Hadrian, was commemorated all over the Roman world. He is a more troubling figure today

18 Jan 2019