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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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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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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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This week in stupid quotations…

I don’t normally write about current events, but this week a few statements of such remarkable stupidity have come to light that I can’t help but repeat them. Counting down from least to most ridiculous, here they are. Keep in … Continue reading

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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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