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BY HISTORY OF THE ANCIENT WORLD – POSTED ON JULY 26, 2015 POSTED IN: ARTICLES Rethinking the Plague of Cyprian: Pandemics and Passages to Late Antiquity By Kyle Harper Journal of Roman Archaeology – forthcoming (2015) Introduction: Pandemic events are surpassingly rare in human history. Yet the period we know as late antiquity could be… Read More


Khaled al-Asaad, the archaeologist who has reportedly been killed by Islamic State militants, had a lifelong connection to the town, having been born into a prominent family in the area in 1934. Although curating the ruins at the Unesco World Heritage site would become his life’s work and he had a degree in history from… Read More


JANUARY 2, 2015 BY EARLY MODERN ENGLAND   Shakespeare’s religious beliefs are the subject of an ongoing scholarly debate. In 1616, the year Shakespeare died, the Jesuit press at the College of St. Omer—then in the Spanish Flanders but now in France—published an edition of poems by the Jesuit martyr Robert Southwell in which the… Read More


Just as we do today, people in the medieval period worried about their health and what they might do to ward off sickness, or alleviate symptoms if they did fall ill. Here, historian Toni Mount reveals some of the most unusual remedies commonly used… Monday 20th April 2015 Submitted by: Emma McFarnon Medicines in the… Read More