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RANDOMNESS: 2-01-2016

We watched Grease Live last night on Fox. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t outstanding either. It also didn’t feel “live” because it used sound stages rather than a theater stage. 406 more words


The Grandeur That May (Or May Not) Have Been: SPQR

Review: SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, by Mary Beard
Liveright/Norton, 2015. 536 pp. $35

I’ve been waiting for this book from the library for quite a while, and I’m happy to say it’s magnificent (from Latin, … 767 more words

Reviews And Columns

Mary Beard: SPQR - A History of Ancient Rome

This wasn’t what I was expecting; in some ways it was less good, but in many ways a lot better.

My memories of learning Roman History are from upwards of forty years ago; it was very serious stuff, highly academic, packed densely with names of important people and dates, quite a few of which I still remember. 570 more words


Winter Reading: Tom Holland's Dynasty - The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar

Imagine you are a great-great-grandparent of Maximus, the hero of Ridley Scott’s movie Gladiator. It’s 1AD. You live on that beautiful farm among the softly waving cornfields. 1,443 more words


The EUROPEAN REFUGEE DEBATE (UPDATE): Looks bad after Cologne? But don’t give up. There’s historic opportunity here?


Maybe there’s another narrative? (continued)

 FEATURED IMAGE: Kazimir Malevich 1916 Suprematist composition (blue rectangle over purple beam) 88 x 70.5cm, private collection… 1,238 more words

Angela Merkel

Five important history books of 2015. | If It Happened Yesterday, It's History

I am usually not one to review books on this website, but I cannot let the year slip by without mentioning some of the books that have engaged me and stirred my imagination over the year. 216 more words


SPQR - A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

I’m not big on watching modern documentaries. I always make an exception for the music ones, but I won’t give time to the mainstream popular history or nature documentaries, simply because I cannot bear the padding of the content with the recaps and the previewing of information. 880 more words