Category Archives: Christianity

The general category for all my posts dealing with Christianity and Christian stuff.

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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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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Epic review of Paradise Lost (also: Is there ring composition? Discuss)

Paradise Lost by John Milton My rating: 5 of 5 stars It seems silly to write a review of Paradise Lost. ‘You mean Matthew, of all people, liked this book? What a shock!’ And, really, how can one give a … 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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Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (The Vatican Library)

Yesterday, after two days (and two manuscripts!) at the Biblioteca Vallicelliana, I made my way to the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (aka the Vatican Library). All I knew about finding this place was to enter Vatican City through the Sant’Anna Gate. … Continue reading

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