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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...

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’...

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...

Photo credit: organisers of HistoryCon In this blog post, our researcher, James Burns, summarises a conference paper he gave on the importance and pleasure of...

He who wishes to remove himself from his kin group (parentilla) should go to court and in the presence of the thunginus or hundredman break...