Tag Archives: late antiquity

Ausonius vs the Romantics

Ausonius by Ausonius My rating: 4 of 5 stars Ausonius (d. AD 395) is not necessarily the best regarded of ancient poets — but his contemporaries really liked him. In his introduction to this edition/translation, H G Evelyn White at … 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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Discover the Fourth Century: Politics

Now, what to say about the politics from Constantine to Honorius and Arcadius? (Since we already discussed Diocletian with the third century.) For the first portion of Constantine’s reign, there were civil wars until 312 when he defeated his western … Continue reading

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Discover Late Antiquity

I promise my brother, Michael, that I have a couple of fantasy-related posts up my sleeve, hopefully to appear in the next week. But first, I thought I would give you this post, the first in what I plan to … Continue reading

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The Emperor Julian and Divination

I just finished the second volume of J C Rolfe’s Loeb Classical Library edition of Ammianus Marcellinus’ (d. AD 390) history, the Res Gestae. What caught my mind the most in this volume was the Emperor Julian (called ‘the Apostate’), … Continue reading

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The Enormity That Was Rome (seen in the Consularia Constantinopolitana)

Yesterday I read R W Burgess’ edition of the fifth-century Consularia Constantinopolitana (which he notes is a misnomer; it’s a Descriptio Consulum that is primarily — not entirely — western in origin). This is a document that is mostly a … Continue reading

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The Nibelungenlied: History

This is the second post in a series on the Middle High German epic The Nibelungenlied. The first is here. One of the fun facts about the Nibelung story cycle is that many of the main characters seem to be … Continue reading

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Why on earth does my research matter?

Sometimes it can be hard for PhD students (or academics in general, I imagine) to explain to normal people why our research matters. Of course, my research often needs no justification in the academic circles I travel in. People who … Continue reading

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Caesarius of Arles … or not: Thoughts on Textual Criticism

Last Saturday I attended a very good conference, ‘The World of Caesarius of Arles’ organised by Lucy Grig at the University of Edinburgh. The excellent papers gave insight into Caesarius and the world of early sixth-century Arles/southern Gaul. One of … Continue reading

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