The Manliness of War in the Eastern Roman (‘Byzantine’) Empire

In this post we present selected parts of the very interesting paper titled “The Soldier’s Life: Early Byzantine Masculinity and the Manliness of War“, by Michael Ed. Stewart, 2016. Continue reading “The Manliness of War in the Eastern Roman (‘Byzantine’) Empire”

Prayers for the dead

by Michael Bressem, Ph.D.

A round white mound, frosted with powdered sugar and decorated with candied almonds, sits on top of a silver platter with a thin lit candle in the center of it. Is it someone’s birthday? No, it’s the anniversary of someone’s death. It’s the almost weekly macabre reminder of our eventual demise, decay, and doom. Continue reading “Prayers for the dead”

The Peace of Naupactus (217 BC) – The speech of Agelaus of Naupactus to Philip V, King of Macedonia

“It would be best of all if the Greeks never made war on each other, but regarded it as the highest favour in the gift of the gods could they speak ever with one heart and voice, and marching arm in arm like men fording a river, repel barbarian invaders and unite in preserving themselves and their cities. Continue reading “The Peace of Naupactus (217 BC) – The speech of Agelaus of Naupactus to Philip V, King of Macedonia”

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