Pons Aelius 13 (Spring Edition: May 2021)

What’s in this edition


Case Studies: Changing Communities

Joseph Gascoigne, Paradise Lost? Barbudans’ struggle to keep their homeland 1-7

Hannah Reynolds, Fabricating the Vox Populi: The Role of Art in Forging Mexican Identities After 1920. 8-16



Adam Challoner, Communities of Disunion: Books and Sectionalism in the Antebellum South 17-29

Louis Parker, Pakistan: The Accidental Birth of a Nation? 30-42

Timea Solyomvari, Returning dead in the late eighteenth-century Transylvanian communities 43-59



Elisa Antonella Polignano, Admiranda tibi levium spectacula rerum: the ideal community of Verg. G. 4. 149-227 and the humanised bee of Nicias AP 9.564 = HE VI 2775-2778 60-71

Panagiotis Androulakis, Conspiracy Narrative and Fractured Community in Plutarch’s Galba 72-83

Ben Cassell, Collective Memories and experiencing the geranos dance: Sensory and cognitive considerations 84-99



Clara Gambill and John Turco, Local Viniculture in Rough Cilicia – (Removed due to author request).

Daisy Dorrington, Suckling for Identity: The She-Wolf as a Roman Icon 122-136

George Squires, Ritual participation at the sanctuary of Olympia and the changing nature of individual and state identities (1000-397 BC) 137-152


Editors’ Comments

The theme of this edition is ‘community’, one chosen to reflect today’s current events. Academics, and indeed the world at large, is quickly becoming obsessed with ideas of kinship, adaptation and of course, community. The pandemic has created feelings of companionship, the idea that ‘we’re all in this together’, however true, or untrue, that might be. Though this may be a tired theme (one would be forgiven for rolling their ideas at another ‘team building’ Zoom based exercise) it is still important and as true today as it was in the past. Community is what makes us human, what makes us successful, and visions of gathering around a fire to re-tell a traditional tale, or a recount new one that happened that very day, is as alive and kicking as it was in the Antebellum South, Transylvania and Ancient Greece, as we shall see.

The papers you will find in this journal tackle issues as significant as the birth of a nation, to one as intimate as local viniculture. You will be persuaded on the community spirit of bees and banding together against the rising dead of Transylvania. You will discover how art can create identity and books can influence a region’s direction.

And above all, the significance of community.

Katherine Waugh (General Editor), k.waugh3@newcastle.ac.uk
Harriet Palin (History Editor), h.palin1@newcastle.ac.uk
Eleanor Harrison (Archaeology Editor), e.harrison2@newcastle.ac.uk
Jerome Ruddick (Classics Editor), J.M.L.Ruddick2@newcastle.ac.uk