Penelope's Weavings and Unpickings


My name is Penelope Goodman. I’m a Senior Lecturer in Roman history, a Gothic horror and Doctor Who fan, and a Lib Dem. This blog is my place for weaving and unpicking the threads of anything which interests me.

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8 Responses to “About”

  1. jpgalhano said

    Hi Penelope Goodman,

    just added Your blog to my blogroll.

    best regards,


  2. Hi Penelope, I love Roman history, particularly that nasty part called Byzantium.Lol.

  3. Josh said

    Hi Penelope,

    I noticed that you featured an article on us here:

    I wanted to get in touch to ask, if it isn’t too much trouble, if you would please be able to reference us by adding a link to our website ( from within the article?

    Sorry to contact you via comment box – I couldn’t locate your email address to contact you more privately.

    If you have any questions, please just let me know.

    Kind Regards,

  4. Hello. I have really enjoyed your blog, I’m a huge fan of the Roman period and it’s great to see people join in the frenzy. :)
    I’ve read your Doctor Who “Vale Decem” study and I’m so happy to see you’re a fan too. By what I read, you know Latin and I was wondering if you could help me a bit.
    I’m working on a song which I want to post this Thursday for the new season of Doctor Who. It’s all well and recorded, except I want to add a choir background to it. I tried the lyrics in English, but they don’t sound nearly as good as they do in Latin. I put them through several online translation websites, but I’ve taken a look over some grammar and I very much doubt they’re correct. Your help would be invaluable. I will credit you in the video and you would make the song so much better. :)
    This is my channel:
    These are the lyrics:A lord of time, victorious
    A man always running away
    Never daring to look behind
    Out of Shame
    Time is yours to use
    And just yours to declare
    The laws are gone
    You’re the last one
    The last of the Lord of Time

    Thank you and I’m looking forward to more posts from you! :)

  5. Antonio Caroselli said

    Hi, Penelope.
    My name is Antonio Caroselli and I live in Isernia – Italy, halfway between Rome and Naples, exactly where the Samnites fiercely opposed to the Romans in the 3rd and 2nd century B.C.. I am often in Engand, actually I just came back yesterday evening after a 4-day stay for work (my company based in Isernia, Milan and London is part of the London Stock Exchange Group).
    The reason why I am contacting you is that during a work dinner I had a chance to talk to one of the attendees: he is from Leeds and he stated that one of Roman emperors was born in Leeds. He coudl not remember th enam eof this emperor and i did not manage to find teh naswer via Google. Could you please help m e?

    Thank you in advance, Antonio

    • Thanks for your message, Antonio. I’m afraid your colleague must have got a bit mixed up, though. Leeds didn’t exist in the Roman period, so no Roman emperor could be born here. However, York was a major legionary base, so emperors passed through there from time to time, and two of them experienced life-changing events while they were there:

      Septimius Severus, who died in York in in AD 211.
      Constantine, who was acclaimed emperor for the first time in York in AD 306.

      My guess is that your colleague was thinking of one of them.

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