About the Author and the Blog

I'm a postgraduate student in the UK, currently studying for an MA in Classics. Prior to this, I received my BA with Honors in English Language and Literature at a university in the USA. My current research focuses on the reception of Greek mythology in children's media. Other interests include Latin literature and poetry, digital classics and e-learning, Stoic philosophy, and fan studies. I'm a member of the Classical Association and the Classical Reception Studies Network, though why they let me in is an enduring mystery.

I'm also a geek of many interests and passions, with a taste for science fiction and fantasy running far back to my childhood. At the moment my main fandom involvement is with the eclectic group known as bronies – adult fans of the cartoon TV series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. If you're unfamiliar with us, Wikipedia has an excellent and comprehensive article. We're as silly as we sound, but it's all good fun.

I'm approaching this blog in much the same way I've always approached twitter and other types of social media, in that I don't really have a set plan. I'll be posting about the topics that interest me, which will likely (but not necessarily always) fall somewhere in the areas I've mentioned above. Really, I'm as curious as anyone else to see where this experiment goes. I should note that as an Anglo-American hybrid, I'll be using both American and British spellings fairly interchangeably. If this bothers you, I either apologise or apologize in advance, depending on your preference.

If you want to get in touch, please feel free to send me an email at foaly at dusty old books dot net (sans spaces, obviously). You can also contact me via twitter, which is probably the easier option; I tweet (copiously) under the name @foalpapers.

Credit where credit is due: the header image is derived from a commission by the wonderful artist @Naminational, and the blog title was suggested by @CosmoBrony.

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