Category Archives: History

Review of ‘Latrinae et Foricae: Toilets in the Roman World’ by Barry Hobson

Latrinae et Foricae: Toilets in the Roman World by Barry Hobson My rating: 5 of 5 stars In the words of a popular children’s book, Everyone Poops. This means that historians should be asking themselves, to quote the title of … Continue reading

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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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Egypt had history while Greece had myth

This is a theme I’ve written on before, but I can’t shake the wonderment I have of the sheer bulk of ancient history — especially ancient Egypt! This bulk was brought home to me again today while perusing the appendices … Continue reading

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What makes a classic?

I once flew from Cyprus to Egypt and was stuck in Larnaca airport during a very long delay with a somewhat paranoid guy who does security for missionary organisations. One of the topics that briefly surfaced in our strange conversation … 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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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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Seductive Suetonius

I am reading Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars, in my spare time right now.* I’ve read three Caesars — Julius Caesar, Augustus, and Tiberius. I posted as my Facebook status the other night that when Augustus (pictured left in a cameo … 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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