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Copyist's errors

Every so often in the history of art you’ll find a St. Peter who is holding, say, a teacup instead of a key.  Art historians know such an image to be a copy because the copyist flubbed it.  242 more words

Find a Commentary: Josephus and Polybius at PACE

PACE (Project on Ancient Cultural Engagement) is an invaluable resource for anyone studying Josephus or Polybius.  PACE is home to reliable texts, translations, commentaries, archaeological reports, images, and scholarship on topics relevant to these two authors.   354 more words



(Apologies for my silence lately. I have been busier than I thought I would be with two recent speaking engagements and writing two articles. I will return to regular posting here very soon. 803 more words


Sleeping Beauty, Reversed

The usual assumption, when we look back at ancient goddesses and gods and at their relationships and interactions, is that they model certain expected behaviors. Gods tend to rule the sky, and the sun, and their role in the fertility myths is, naturally, the active one, that of insemination. 909 more words

Song of Solomon 1

The primary characters are a king and his bride. She is of noble birth, but presented here as a country girl, familiar with the urban scene, but previously not at home in it. 668 more words


Historical Puns (vol. 1)

Prepping my new Western Civ lectures.

I can’t cover everything about the ancient Near East, so I guess I’ll have to Sumerize.