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Symbolic Uses of the Pileus

I’ve ended up talking to my former PhD student about the pileus quite a bit over the past year.  I’m creating this post to have place to store references. 153 more words

Real Folk of the Dark Web

A couple of weeks ago I got back from an 8-week trip around the globe to meet with all manner of dark web types in preparation for my upcoming book, … 749 more words

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The Maid From Orleans

She came from Orleans, the one in France, sometime in the late 1800s.

She had worked in her father’s bakery in a little place near the cathedral. 864 more words



Here’s an updating – and politicizing – of the “Actaeon and Diana” myth. The composition is from a 1634 painting by Rembrandt. See it here: … 454 more words

A tribute to Libertas: The life of Asinius Pollio, a forgotten hero of the Republic

In the previous entry I had the opportunity to analyze the institutional decay of the Roman Republic in the last century BC and the emergence of a new order, the Principate. 3,342 more words


Augustus who?

The tyrant? The statesman? The warlord? The monarchist? These are the questions that pop up in my mind most of the time when in my readings about Rome I confront his presence. 4,113 more words