Guest post by Adrian Murdoch

Adrian Murdoch is a historian, journalist and broadcaster. A former senior correspondent and editor for Reuters, he is the author of a number of books, including “Rome’s Greatest Defeat: Massacre in the Teutoburg Forest”. Andrew Roberts named it one of the books of 2006 in the “Daily Telegraph” and Tom Holland called it “surely the definitive work on the massacre in the Teutoburger Wald”. He is also the co-translator of a book of Latin and Greek erotic literature, “Emperors of Debauchery: The Dedalus Book of Roman Decadence”. He has presented and appeared in a number of documentaries for the History Channel, National Geographic, PBS, ZDF and others. He has also worked as a consultant on a couple of films. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Adrian Murdoch*The photograph taken by the news agency AFP/Getty makes it come alive. In the aftermath of the explosion of the Mount Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island, Indonesia, a group of five ladies is hurrying along the road. Behind them, the mountain can barely been seen, but its presence looms from the muddy blackness of the sky. All five ladies have thick clothing on and cushions on their heads. Continue reading “Guest post by Adrian Murdoch”