I have just been giving some talks and lectures in America, starting in Houston and ending up in Los Angeles vis Seattle. One of the places I visited was Scripps College (above), which is I guess the Newnham of Los Angeles, a women's college on the West Coast, so a kind of home from home. But there were other great locations too: Los Angeles Public Library, Seattle Town Hall and Christ Church Cathedral in Houston. Thanks to all for the great welcome. I am now in need of a good night's sleep!
I was, of course, talking about things Roman (as usual), but there was a difference from what I have found before. People at lectures have always been quite keen to raise questions about parallels between ancient Rome and modern America. But -- on the basis of this four-day visit (and it wasn't a representative sample, I agree) -- that has ramped up a notch. Everywhere I went, I had questions about how far we could draw parallels with, or learn lessons from, ancient Rome.