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This site is designed to share and inspire passion of the ancient world. The blog showcases research in ancient Mediterranean studies from scholars in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Arke is a Greek goddess, the twin sister of Iris. While Iris served as a messenger for the Olympians, Arke was a messenger for the Titans. Arke was chosen for this site to reflect the way research in the Pacific is a ‘twin’ of that in Europe and North America, often overlooked. The goddess is also associated with the secondary, shadowy rainbows that sometimes appear in the sky, representing the inclusive nature of our research.

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Ceramics and Swantaurs

Ceramics and Swantaurs A favourite preoccupation of mine during the pandemic has been looking for images of Swantaurs, the weird in-between state where a man is transforming into a swan. The most well known man-to-swan isn’t really a man at all, but rather, Zeus/Jupiter transforming into a swan to rape…

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Arke acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which our various contributors are based, and we pay our respects to elders past and present.