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42 Historical People, No. 4: Glaphyra, Jewish princess.

If there was ever one person in the ancient world who was everywhere and knew everyone, it was Glaphyra. You may not have heard of her–I hadn’t, until I started … Continue reading

August 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Great Fire of Rome and Nero’s fiddle: an egregious historical distortion.

Nineteen hundred and fifty years ago today, on July 19, 64 C.E. (A.D.), a great fire broke out in the city of Rome. The conflagration seems to have begun in a … Continue reading

July 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Eunuchs in Theoderic’s Italy

Originally posted on mikeaztec:
Hic requiescit in pace vir s[u]bl[imis] Seda ignucus et cubicularius regis Theoderici..” ? The image above is taken from the Sarcophagus of Seda the Eunuch from Capella…

May 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

Nine Men’s Morris, Everywhere

Originally posted on Jaunting Jen:
Nine Men’s Morris really is everywhere. When I first noticed the scratches on the side of Charlemagne’s throne back in 2008, I had no idea what they…

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rome’ s Masculine Imperium

Originally posted on mikeaztec:
The ancient Romans admired the characteristics that they believed allowed them to establish hegemony over their rivals. It comes as little surprise then that the hyper-masculine…

April 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Our Great Father is Gone: the death of Constantine I.

I was asked to write this post by Robert Horvat, curator of the great History of the Byzantine Empire blog (and the If It Happened Yesterday It’s History blog). It … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

What’s a Byzantine? The problem of what to call an empire.

You may know that in addition to this blog and my “normal” Twitter account, I also run the dedicated history account CryForByzantium. I started that account in 2009 to tweet … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · 7 Comments

Curse Scrolls, Mystery Cults, and the Secret Roman History of Mainz

Originally posted on Jaunting Jen:
I’ve neglected my blog for a little while to pursue my license to teach middle and high school history. When I first started Jaunting Jen, I…

March 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 9: the Scepter of Maxentius.

This is truly one of the most awesome and impressive artifacts from the late Roman Empire ever found–and it was found only recently. This magnificent chalcedony sphere clutched in a … Continue reading

January 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

42 Historical Objects, No. 8: Roman child’s rag doll.

Although it most likely didn’t belong to an emperor or some pivotal figure, in many ways this simple rag doll is every bit as amazing as the sword of Tiberius … Continue reading

January 13, 2014 · 2 Comments
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