Adrastos Omissi samples his forthcoming monograph: Emperors and Usurpers in the Later Roman Empire (Oxford University Press, 2018)
Omissi: “In considering the contradictions and the historical processes that led to one man being made a tyrant by the victory of another, this book becomes an examination of the very ideological basis of imperial power itself, and explores what it is we mean when we call an emperor ‘legitimate’.”
Book Note: C.M. Chin and Caroline T. Schroeder (eds), Melania: Early Christianity Through the Life of One Family (Oakland: University of California Press, 2016)
Sellick: “Much like the work of Clark herself, the essays of this book will be useful for students engaged in social history, discussions of heresy, gender studies, post-structuralism, and much more. In short, Chin and Schroeder’s volume is a fabulous contribution to the multi-faceted subfields that make up the study of “Late Antiquity.”
Articles and News
A set of terrific tales about ancient bees in Greek, Coptic, and Middle Egyptian.
Brent Nongbri tackles the famous Alexamenos graffiti – one of the earliest depictions of veneration of the crucifixion of Christ.
Sharp piece on the various political receptions of the “Dioscobulus” statue and of ancient male beauty.
Jenny Barry and Eva Mroczek introduce their extended Forum on Marginalia dealing with the discovery narratives and first-millennium manuscripts.
On Dead Sea Scrolls fragments for sale, and the connection between discovery stories and unprovenanced fragments.
Eva Mroczek on how stories of discovery, batshit and otherwise, can overtake the texts themselves (and their ancient contexts).
Another Marginalia Dead Sea Scrolls piece on the fragile symbiosis between private collectors and eager scholars dealing with a shared, fragmented heritage.
On illegal excavations in the West Bank and the relationship between big private money and biblical scholarship.
Terrific forum beginning @MarginaliaROB, steered by @jennisifire and @EvaMroczek! MSS discoveries: "How do we make sense of these finds and the mythology that surrounds them?" https://t.co/C76BbONr8G Cluster of three on Qumran:— Matthew Chalmers (@Matt_J_Chalmers) 22 June 2018
It took me a few weeks, but I've collected a # of #reversenotobverse photos that you sent in a post about what we can learn about Greek and Roman art by looking at it from behind. Enjoy the post and thanks for contributing! This is the Riace booty, btw. https://t.co/wFITBACGiS— Dr. Sarah Bond (@SarahEBond) 24 June 2018