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Once More With Feeling

I’ve spent the last couple of days in a fourteenth-century castle just outside Hildesheim, now the Kulturcampus of the university, at a colloquium organised by Roland Oetjen of Kiel to bring together ancient economic historians and economists with an interest in the ancient world. 2,156 more words


Portfolio 1: Who Are You As a Historian?

While feminist is the first way that I identify myself, historian has always been a close second. Since my journey into the major as an undergraduate, I fell into my discipline smoothly and felt that I was in the place that I belonged. 439 more words

The Graduate Experience

The Principle of Moments

Yes, long time since I had time to post anything here, for which I can only apologise to anyone who’s actually interested. It hasn’t all… 991 more words


Historians and the Fourth Dimension

Timeline of English Monarchs (Wikipedia). The idea that history is chiefly concerned with the passage of time is hardly novel!

I recently posted something about the… 1,459 more words

A known unknown

Let me offer you a little puzzle. It’s about the famous land bill of Tiberius Gracchus in 133 BC. Here’s the evidence.

Livy writes ( 125 more words

Historical Theory

Archaeology in Israel (2)

In the first part of this article, I explained how information from ancient sources is not always confirmed by archaeology. In asymmetric situations like these, “maximalists” assume that the information from written texts can be accepted: this is supposed to be reliable unless archaeology contradicts it. 131 more words

Ancient History

Archaeology in Israel (1)

The study of the ancient world is so fascinating because all those cultures, nations, tribes, states, and civilizations share one characteristic: a great shortage of data. 210 more words

Ancient History