Category Archives: Art

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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Review: Imperial Rome and Christian Triumph: The Art of the Roman Empire, AD 100-450

Imperial Rome and Christian Triumph: The Art of the Roman Empire Ad 100-450 by Jas Elsner My rating: 4 of 5 stars Upon my return home from a five-week stint in Rome on research, I wanted a little something to … 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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If finding an academic job fails…

When I was in the gift shop of the Capitoline Museums, there was this American (presumably from USA?) guy trying to get the cashier – who was on the phone – to answer a query of his. His question was … Continue reading

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Renaissance Europe was full of incredable churches with great art bulging out their doors

The title of this post comes from this great article pieced together out of undergraduate history papers. No joke. Real people wrote these things. Since I’m in Florence and was recently in Rome, both of which are great Renaissance cities, … Continue reading

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You know what? I love Roman history

So the main things I blog about here are pretty much ancient stuff (including Late Antiquity), mediaeval stuff, and SF stuff. And as a lover of Late Antiquity, hunting for Late Antique remains in Rome was an important aspect of … 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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Roma Aeterna

Rome, according to tradition, was founded in 753 BC. Archaeology, I’m given to understand, thinks that’s not far off from the truth. This city has had continuous human habitation ever since, and for a very considerable portion of that time, … Continue reading

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Late Antique Rome? Where?

Rome is a city with a very long history, and much of it is on naked display here — although sometimes in a hard-to-comprehend jumble of masonry. I have seen many monuments from Rome’s long history — on the bus … Continue reading

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The Garden of Earthly Delights & the Surreal

I first made acquaintance with Hieronymus Bosch (‘Jerome’, 1450-1516)  in 2012 at the National Gallery in Ottawa (when it was still free). The painting was ‘Funnel Butt’ – that is, The Temptations of St Anthony, to which my friend Emily … Continue reading

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