Category Archives: Byzantium

A Reconstruction of a Late Roman River Boat in Regensburg

In 1981-82 construction work in the German city of Mainz revealed the badly damaged remains of five Roman river craft from the imperial era which were probably in a boat scrap yard at the time of their deposition. Four of … Continue reading

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A very brief note on why I use AD and not CE

Although I have no quantitative data to support my supposition, it seems that increasing numbers of academic works are coming to use BCE/CE as a dating system. AD stands for anno Domini, Latin for “in the year of the Lord”. … Continue reading

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Sarah Bassett’s ‘The Urban Image of Late Antique Constantinople’

[Note: This is an informal and unpublished book review that I did for a graduate course a while back. I’m re-posting it here in the hope that it will be of some use to someone.] Bassett, Sarah, The Urban Image … Continue reading

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Thus passes Constans II, Emperor of the Romans

This summer I’ve been leading a medieval Greek reading group, and we’ve been going through Theophanes’ Chronicle. We began with the death of Herakleios in 641, ideally situated for the really dark times, which tend to be my favourite. It … Continue reading

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The Lack(?) of Sources for Early Islamic History

Since at least the time of Henri Pirenne, the idea that the Muslim conquests brought an end to classical world has received some respect. The collapse of the Mediterranean economy, as Pirenne has argued, ushered in the so-called “Dark Ages.” … Continue reading

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The World in 640 A.D.

[This was put together as an attempt to collect my thoughts before a give a brief introduction to the topic in the title in the Greek reading group I’m organizing this summer. Since I normally write boring, argumentative stuff I … Continue reading

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Update

It has been a while, so I suppose that I ought to give an update to prove that I am still alive. I’m currently back in northern Alberta after doing a tour in Latin Palaeography; I mean, a semester of … Continue reading

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