Monthly Archives: March 2012

Book Review: ‘The Construction of Authority in Ancient Rome and Byzantium: The Rhetoric of Empire’

This is a difficult book to give a star rating to, simply because while so much of it is quite good, there are some serious problems that detract from the overall authority of the thesis. Lakacs argues that the purpose … Continue reading

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Considering the Dark Ages

I saw this post earlier this morning and rather than merely respond (in agreement) I figured it warranted a post of its own. The study of the ‘Dark Ages’ have been subject to all sorts of abuse. (It is necessary … Continue reading

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Some quick notes on the crusades

Here are some summarized forum responses I made on the subject of the crusades that I feel are worthy of putting up in a blog post. What I’m responding to has been edited to clarify the issue being discussed and … Continue reading

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