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  • 13 Feb 2024
    David M. Pritchard

    WHEN FRENCH HISTORIANS CONQUERED THE WORLD: THE FUNERAL ORATION AFTER NICOLE LORAUX

    French people are often surprised that foreigners come to France to study ancient Greece. It is easy for them to understand why foreign philosophers might go there. It is a matter of genuine national pride that ‘French theory’ conquered the Anglophone world in the 1980s. But few French realise that among foreign historians of ancient […]

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  • 28 Aug 2023
    Maria Gerolemou, George Kazantzidis

    Rethinking the Human Body: Human-Machinic Intersections in the Greco-Roman World

    How modern is the concept of a posthuman, mechanical body which extends beyond its flesh and skin and interacts with inorganic material to the extent of blurring the boundaries between its deep nature and that of the inanimate objects and technological artefacts that surround it? Can the function of a human body be fully explained […]

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  • 29 May 2023
    Seth Bernard

    Reframing Rome and Italy during the early Roman expansion

    What are the effects of empire-building, and how can we study them? With Making the Middle Republic, my two co-editors and I present a collection of papers emphasizing the importance of the fourth and third centuries BCE to the broader development of Republican Rome and Italy. This period saw the earliest phases of Roman imperial […]

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  • 24 May 2023
    Lea Niccolai

    Christianity, Philosophy, and Roman Power:Constantine, Julian and the Bishops on Exegesis and Empire

    The young Augustine was repelled by the Gospels. Or so he says, at least, in a passage from the Confessions (3.5.9) in which he reflects on his former, ‘inflated pride’. The student of rhetoric in love with Latin literature struggled to accept a written style that he perceived as ‘unworthy’ of his Marcus Tully (Cicero). […]

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  • 3 Feb 2023
    Lindsey A. Mazurek

    Moving Gods: Isis’ Journey to Greece in the Roman Empire

    The Roman Empire was constantly in motion. People, products, and ideas crisscrossed the Mediterranean at what must have seemed like lightning speed. One of these ideas was the worship of the Egyptian gods Isis and Sarapis, which first appeared in Greece in the late 4th century BCE. By the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian […]

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  • 2 Feb 2023
    Claire Bubb

    Dissection in Classical Antiquity

    Do you think with your heart or with your head? Far from a metaphorical question, this debate roiled ancient medicine at a very literal level. The topic of where, precisely, the soul interfaced with the body was a contentious one, with many arguing for the brain but many others rooting for the heart in all […]

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  • 11 Jan 2023
    Catherine Kearns

    Weathered history: what ancient countrysides can tell us about climate

    Today’s media increasingly serves us clickbait climate histories. Headlines prompt us to read how the city-states of the Maya collapsed because of drought, how massive empires like that of the Neo-Assyrians or Akkadians buckled from the pressures of aridity and famines, or why Genghis Khan’s armies were successful due to abundant rains across Mongolia. Such […]

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  • 5 Jan 2023
    Dean Hammer

    Rome, America, and the Irresolution of Identity

    Over the years I have become increasingly fascinated by the relationship of ancient Rome to the United States, not as the source of particular institutions or a political vocabulary, but as revealing unresolved questions of identity that derive from their shared founding myths. That founding is neither located in a constitutional moment nor organized around […]

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