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ABOUT THE FAMILY

ἱστορεῖν παίζειν - To Do History is to Play*

The Lego Classicists Family is a project that combines pop-art and history to engage with the art and culture of the ancient world and the people who study it. The LC Family encourages everyone with a love of the ancient world to celebrate and play! It is a community of scholars and ancient history lovers brought together through a shared desire for and love of play, innovation and celebration.

 

Using LEGO minifigures, individual portraits of scholars and other classicists are created as gifts to the people they depict and honour, and the images are shared with stories about them and their work. The aim is to connect everyone with a love of ancient history together and share that joy through celebration and serious play. The LC Family is a growing, vibrant community brought together with a common connection to each other and the ancient world.

 

LC Family portraits have been displayed in a number of international museums including the British Museum, Jönköpings läns Museum, Sweden, and the Museum of Antiquities, University of New England, Australia, and in 2018 were part of a social media collaboration with the J. Paul Getty Museum. They have appeared on BBC TV and in the Italian press and have taken tours of ancient sites with a number leading scholars. LC Family members include scholars, archaeologists, curators, museum directors, conservators, archivists, media presenters and others who play a part in helping us understand the ancient world.

 

The LC Family portraits are not for sale and only two are made: one for the classicist themselves and one for the LC Family archive. All portraits are sent as presents to the individual subjects. Each portrait is individually and painstakingly designed and researched and they typically take months to produce. The portraits are shared on three social media platforms and this website.

 

Subjects are chosen in a number of ways including being known personally by the artist, coming to his attention through their work, or through suggestions from others. A deliberate attempt is made to include subjects from many different areas, not just from scholarship, to celebrate the wide-ranging ways the ancient world can be relevant and engaging in the international modern world and to deliberately expand our general understanding of the “classics” and its study and application across gender, culture and medium.

 

The LC Family project was begun in 2016 by Liam D. Jensen, an historical archivist and 4th generation artist, with a background in filmmaking and an interest in pop-culture. It is an entirely self-funded hobby project aimed at connecting the ancient history community and the general public through a shared love of the subject and a sense of human celebration. 

*"To Do History is to Play” and its classical Greek translation is the motto of the LC Family

and is the copyright of Liam D. Jensen and Prof. John Bennet. All rights reserved.

 
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WHAT IS A CLASSICIST?

A classicist is someone who studies the ancient world. The discipline of classics has traditionally involved the study of ancient Greece and Rome (literature, language and history), but more recently it tends to be broadened to include all ancient world studies. The LC Family uses the term “classicists” broadly, and LC Family members include people who specialise in ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Scandinavia and other ancient cultures. LC Family members include archaeologists, historians, language, art and culture specialists, museum curators and directors, conservators and archivists and anyone involved in helping us understand and enjoy the ancient world.

 

"The Lego Classicist" believes that knowing about classics and the ancient world can help us make sense of the present and plan the future and we can all draw inspiration, wisdom, humour and strength from stories about the ancient world.

 

“Lego Classics” is a term coined by independent curator and scholar Lynette Jensen in 2019 in her plenary address Lego Classics: Serious or Superficial?, delivered at the University of New England, Australia, to describe the serious use of Lego to conceptually understand and explore the ancient world.

 
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IN THE NEWS

Classicult 

By Alessandra Randazzo

 

Stephen Fry talks about his induction as the 100th member of the LC Family 

and his love of ancient Greek

mythology and how it resonates

with his idea of reality.

 

“...never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I might be the Lego Centenarian.”​  Stephen Fry

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