Erin Thomas Dailey

Why did the Roman Empire fall? Little did I know, when I first encountered this question as an undergraduate, that it would propel me along...

By James Burns and Seth M. Stadel James: I have been reading Seth’s new book on Syriac exegesis, the abstract of which is below. When...

An eighth-century altar, housed in the Museo Christiano & Tesoro del Duomo in the northern Italian town of Cividale del Friuli, possesses a stunning example...

The burial cave of rabbi Judah, Beit She’arim, Israel In a famous passage from the Talmud, which even got its own code in the Aarne-Thompson...

I have been reading Peter Sarris’ brilliant and highly accessible book on Justinian and was struck by the significance of a passing observation he makes...

By James Burns I have published an article in Transactions of Royal Historical Society on the growing trend of referring to ‘enslaved persons’ and ‘enslavers’...

As an undergraduate student, I developed a strong interest in Eastern Christian studies after reading Norman Russell’s translation of The Lives of the Desert Fathers....

By James Burns A Merovingian sword (Metropolitan Museum of Art). Surrounded by his enemies, the sixth-century prince and rebel Merovech handed his blade to Gailen, and...

Photo Credit: British Library Add. MS 27263, f. 298r There is a story in Masnavi-i Ma’navi, written by Rumi, the famous poet, mystic, and scholar...

My work focuses on the social and religious history of the later Roman empire – in particular its eastern half – and I have a...

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