THATMuse


Livia Drusilla, standing marble sculpture as Ops, with wheat sheaf and cornucopia, 1st C BC, Louvre

Livia Drusilla, first Empress of Rome, was indisputably the most powerful woman in the Julio-Claudian Roman Empire. All Julio-Claudian emperors were her direct descendants, despite having a childless marriage to the 1st Emperor of Rome, Augustus (formerly Octavian Augustus, back when there was a triumvirate and Rome was a Republic). This marriage lasted 50 years and by all accounts was a partnership of two clever minds. Livia (58 BC – 29 AD) saw to it that her son Augustus’s step-son, inherited the throne. This, despite … Read More

Yesterday El Argentino and I went to the Louvre to nose about an area we’re both shamefully ignorant of – the near eastern antiquities. I probably couldn’t come up with one of Alexander the Great’s campaigns, and the area between the Euphrates and the Tigris rivers (Mesopotamia, Sumer, Babylon, etc) is buried down deep in my memory. The last time (and first time) I really gave the dawn of civilisation a thought was probably in the 6th grade when we had to study the invention of the wheel, Gilgamesh and irrigation. This last one quite an abstract concept … Read More

Continuing on the Louvre Near Eastern visit that El Argentino, STORSH and I took this weekend, I thought I’d introduce this rather endearing winged bull-man. Called a Lamassu (meaning “protective spirit” in Akkadian), he is one of a pair who was usually found flanking the doorways to Assyrian palaces. One of the things I find so clever about them is why they have five legs; If you look at them from straight on, they’re standing at attention, still. If you look at them from the side, they’re walking. The British Museum also has two Lamassus, one of which has some graffiti of the board … Read More

The Coral Room is a really fun section of the Bloomsbury Club!

THE BLOOMSBURY CLUB (a tiny hotel) Is a really pleasant hotel just down the road from the front entrance of the BM. It has an elegant high tea room in the lobby or wood-lined hipster lounge for cocktails in the lower level. Either setting hits it just right, but it’s pricy.
Address: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN
Tel:  +44 20 7347 1000
Email: Bloomsbury@doylecollection.com
Website: http://thebloomsburyclub.com/

Directions: Exit the museum using the Great Russell Street exit and approach Great Russell Street. When you get to Great … Read More

THE PLOUGH A refurbished Victorian pub on a pedestrianized street with street-side seating as well as an upstairs that fits groups pleasantly. Typical pub menu with fish & chips, burgers steak and ale pies, etc, this is a Greene King (chain) pub. The staff is particularly pleasant (James heads them up). As it’s just down the road from the museum, we’ve done a number of corporate & birthday party hunt score tallying here.
Address: 27 Museum Street London WC1A 1LH
Phone: +44 (0)20 7636 7964
Website: https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/greater-london/plough/
Directions: Exit the museum using the Great Russell Street exit and … Read More

MEETING POINT

The entrance to the British Museum.

Your first task will be to find our meeting point on Great Russell Street, just outside the BM’s main gate. If facing the museum your greeter, Daisy, will be just to the left of the entrance (photo above), across the road from a Starbucks, near a red London phone booth (photo below). Daisy has brown hair & will have her signature white canvas THATMuse tote. Her mobile is +44 (0)7921 589912 (on WhatsApp, too). Together you’ll navigate security & coat checks before she gives you a brief history of the museum … Read More

MEETING POINT

Your first task will be to find our meeting point within the British Museum’s Great Court lobby. If entering the museum from the main entrance on Great Russell St, the circular Information Desk is to the right (within the Great Court); we’ll meet behind the Info Desk, at the Roman equestrian prince statue (photo herewith). Your THATBrit Rep, Daisy, has brown hair & will have a white canvas THATMuse tote. Daisy’s mobile is 07921 589912 (on WhatsApp, too).

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Please be sure to have freshly charged batteries in your phone or camera. Please visit the cloak room &/or … Read More

MEETING POINT

Your first task will be to find our meeting point on Great Russell Street, just outside the BM’s main gate. If facing the museum your greeter, Daisy, will be just to the left of the entrance (photo above), across the road from a Starbucks, near a red London phone booth (photo below). Daisy has brown hair & will have her signature white canvas THATMuse tote. Her mobile is +44 (0)7921 589912 (on WhatsApp, too). Together you’ll navigate security & coat checks before she gives you a brief history of the museum & sets you up on your treasure … Read More