Category Archives: Patristics

How do you want to live (truly live) your life?

My friend and fellow ancient historian Katie posted a link to an article on brain pickings called ‘The Shortness of Life: Seneca on Busyness and the Art of Living Wide Rather than Living Long.’ Seneca was a very clever guy, … Continue reading

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My library — had I the wealth and space

Sometimes I think, ‘If I had the money and the space, what would my personal library look like?’ One of my friends said that he’d rebind all his Star Wars novels in leather given the money and opportunity! I don’t … Continue reading

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All-embracing research – someday

Sometimes I joke that/feel like I am doing a PhD on everything — I have to know about and/or discuss ecclesiastical and political history in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, canon law, christology-theology, palaeography, textual criticism, the early … Continue reading

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First thoughts upon finishing City of God

City of God by Augustine of Hippo My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is simply an initial reaction book review. Further and deeper thoughts will follow on a blog somewhere… I have finished reading City of God. It is … Continue reading

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Roman Basilicas: Hunting Late Antiquity

The Mausoleo di Santa Costanza, as discussed here, was not the only Late Antique building I found on my hunt through Rome. On the day I visited Santa Costanza, I also visited several basilicas and the Baths of Diocletian — … Continue reading

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Late Antique Rome: Mausoleo di Santa Costanza

The Mausoleo di Santa Costanza was the first stop on my hunt for Late Antique Rome four weeks ago (although I’d seen the Baths of Diocletian [298-305] several times from the bus window already!), given that it’s only a ten … Continue reading

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Everyone is biased

A vitally important fact that we all must come to terms with sooner or later is the reality of bias existing everywhere. For some reason, many of us have fooled ourselves into thinking that our news sources and our history … Continue reading

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Discover the Fourth Century: Religion and Literature

It’s been a while since I contributed to this series of posts about Late Antiquity. Last time, we looked at the third century. Now we move on to the fourth, beginning with religion and literature before considering politics and the … Continue reading

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How does Venice even exist?

This is the question that keeps passing through my mind during this visit to La Serenissima. How does Venice exist? Why does Venice exist? Who on earth thought this was a good idea? The traditional tale of how Venice was … Continue reading

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Books of 2013

In 2013 I finished 86 books. Most of these I also started in 2013, but not all. My list includes all 86, however; I justify this because the books I started in an earlier year are not counted in that … Continue reading

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