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* Halsall Online Sourcebook for Late Antiquity
* Buy Peter Brown's "The World of Late Antiquity"
* Buy "Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World"
* Buy "Readings in Late Antiquity: A Sourcebook"
* Buy Edward Gibbon's Classic

January 21st, 2007

11:49 pm - Late Roman cohorts
I don't suppose anyone has an opinion on whether a legio comitatensis of the C4th-5th would be 500 or 1000 strong or have a cohort structure?

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April 22nd, 2006

10:25 pm - Introduction Post
Hello to all of you out there!

Name: Halcyon

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Describe Yourself: I haunt libraries.

Why I'm Interested in Late Antiquity: I'm interested in the dissemination of Christianity and evolution of the Church, especially in the East. That's what I put in my statement of purpose, anyway.

Favorite Characters from the Period: Writers of ecclesiastical histories, monastic histories, and hagiographies; and the amazing characters they wrote about.
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: The Cooper Temple Clause - Blind Pilots

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10:03 pm - Exhibition: Constantine the Great, York, 2006
If anyone's going to the 1700th anniversary of Constantine's acclamation in York, UK or is in the area before October, I can recommend the Constantine exhibition, further details on my journal: salvianus

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April 10th, 2006

09:43 pm - Arrowheads for manuballista
Please help! I am searching description or picture of armour-piercing arrowheads for manuballista and scorpio( in connection with ballistarii in Chersonesos, Crimea). There is one from germanic cremation from Chatyr-Dag published by Mark Schukin, but doubtful enough.

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March 17th, 2006

07:21 pm
Name: Sergey Chernysh
Nationality/State: Ukraine Crimea
Describe Yourself: newspaper designer in Simferopol
Why I'm Interested in Late Antiquity: For about ten field seasons I worked as a supervisor in Crimean archaeological expeditions (mostly at Mangup-Theodoro). Sphere of my interest was and (in some measure) remains alano-gothic culture of Early Migrations period in Crimea.

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January 18th, 2006

10:16 pm - Pro Maioriano, IMP.
I read a bit of trivia today: Theodosius I was the last Emperor for almost two centuries to lead his troops in the field. It was a fact which I had read many times and accepted. I could even have told you off the top of my head that it was Maurice who was the next to take the field in person.

As a passing thought, it occurred to me that this is wrong. The Emperor Majorian (r.457-61 A.D.) had taken the field at the head of his troops and had a valorous reputation. Then, at the behest of my memory, it was recalled that he is usually classified as a "puppet Emperor" of the last few decades of the Western Empire. I began to see the injustice of this and thought I should write a small correction in some place where people who might care might read it.

Majorian was on the short list of notable people in the period after the assassination of Aëtius (454), but before the assassination of the Emperor Valentinian III (455). Valentinian had called in Majorian to pacify Aëtius's troops in the wake of his assassination. Perhaps if that foolish monarch had not performed the murder in public with his own hand, he might have lived. After his assassination in turn, Majorian had the favor of the Imperial widow to succeed to the throne, but Petronius Maximus used his money and intrigue to force his way onto the throne first. After his all too brief reign and the brief reign of Avitus, Majorian became Emperor with the help of the Patrician Ricimer, who had not yet begun his career as an Emperor-maker. The Eastern Emperor Leo I confirmed his position.

The greatest testimony I can give that Majorian does not deserve the appellation of "puppet Emperor" is his Spanish-African campaign. Although the expedition to Africa, so that it might be rejoined to the Empire, failed due to treachery, his Spanish campaigns were highly effective and he went there in person. Also, I find it highly unlikely that if Ricimer had had the power over Majorian which he was to wield over hs hapless successors, then why did he let Majorian go on the campaign to recover Africa. If Majorian had succeeded, he would have covered himself with glory, not only with victorious troops, but with the revenues of Africa at his control. While Ricimer did later kill Majorian only shows that Ricimer had begun to play the puppeteer at the end of Majorian's reign, not the beginning.

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December 15th, 2005

09:25 am - Community Promotion
I'm not certain if promoting is acceptable, and if not, let me apologize, however, I believe some of you may find it interesting.

Visit rhomaioi - it's a new community specifically about Byzantium, so please take a look!

Come for the Antiquity, stay for the Renaissance!



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October 27th, 2005

01:28 am - New member
I am studying Indo-European languages doing my PhD in the noun derivation in the Old Germanic languages. It sounds far from your interests, of course. But maybe it's a right place to ask a question regarding a Greek poem (sorry for the problems with Hellenics):

Ευδοισιν δ’ oρέων κορυφαί τε και φάραγγες
πρώуονές τε και χαράδραι,
φυ'λά θ’ eρπετά τόσσα τρέφει μέλαινα γαι'α,
θη'ρες τ’ ojρεσκω'/οι και; γένος μελισσα'ν,
και; κνώδαλ’ ejν βένθεσι πορφυρέας aλός:
ευ{δοισιν δ’ oijωνω'ν
φυλα τανυπτερύγων.

What is 'purple brine'? Why is it 'purple'?

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October 23rd, 2005

05:17 pm - History of the Later Roman Empire
I thought it worth mentioning that the entire text of J.B. Bury's History of the Later Roman Empire can be found at that link.

Useful for quoting in papers and such...

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July 7th, 2005

12:31 am - Forms of Address
Does anyone know a place where one could find how one addresses a late Roman emperor in Latin? I know the letters of Symmachus are full of such Imperial addresses, but are they collected anyplace?

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