Category Archives: history

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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Genesis 21:13 and Islam

I met the author and blogger Lee Harmon on Goodreads, where I’ve put far too much time and effort into cataloguing my personal library. I’ve always found him to be nothing short of a scholar and a gentleman. We’ve communicated … Continue reading

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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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Early Ottoman Constantinople: Assassin’s Creed’s Hippodrome

I’ve played a bit more since the last post and now I’ve travelled around most of Assassin’s Creed Revelations‘ Constantinople, although much of it superficially. When I finished the last post I was headed towards the Hippodrome, and not long … Continue reading

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Early Ottoman Constantinople: Preliminary Thoughts on the ‘Assassin’s Creed Revelations’ Rendition

After Assassin’s Creed II I had no interest in ever picking up another Assassin’s Creed game ever again. Florence and Venice were beautiful, but the gameplay was tiresome and repetitive, and the sci-fi plot is a major irritant to what … Continue reading

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A brief and silly post about smelly Franks

I just stumbled onto this little gem today during lunch at work in Notker the Stammerer’s Life of Charlemagne, and I figured that the world (which is comprised of the three people who read this blog) needed to see. Without … Continue reading

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The Basileus in Byzantium

In the reign of Herakleios (r. 610-641) the Roman emperor took for the first time the Greek title of βασιλεύς (basileus). This has been regarded by many as one of the potential dates for the foundation of Byzantium and the … Continue reading

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