Why study mountains? a question for a 21st-century historian

Dawn discusses what brought her to the study of premodern mountains. Last time I posted, I wrote about why a seventeenth-century traveller might choose to visit a mountain. Today, I want to turn that question on its head – why did I, a twenty-first century historian, choose to study such mountain interactions? I grew up … Read more


Jason considers both ancient and modern responses to one of Greece’s most enigmatic mountains. One of the projects I have been working on for a while now is a biography of Mt Olympus. Olympus is the highest mountain in mainland Greece, at just under 3000 metres. It’s a complex mountain, with multiple peaks and steep … Read more

Beautiful Mountains?

Jason explores a few ancient examples of seeing beauty in mountains. ANCIENT AND MODERN RESPONSES One of the goals of this project is to look across the watershed of the late 18th and early 19th centuries to give fresh attention to early modern, medieval and especially classical responses to mountains. When you do that you … Read more

What is a mountain?

Dawn attempts to answer a deceptively simple question. The question which forms the title of this blog post seems almost absurd. Everyone knows what a mountain is, don’t they? The difference between a ‘hill’ and a ‘mountain’ is one that can be discerned by the simple act of measurement. This is certainly what cinema-goers of … Read more

Watch this space…

Welcome to our blog! Over the coming months, we will be filling these pages with posts looking at all aspects of mountains in the classical tradition. In the meantime, please take a look at the pages about our work in general, and about our Leverhulme Project on ‘mountains in ancient literature and culture and their … Read more