I Wear My Sunglasses at the Fight? The Emperor Nero and the History of Sunglasses

Nero princeps gladiatorum pugnas spectabat in smaragdo. The princeps Nero viewed the combats of the gladiators in a smaragdus. -- Pliny, Natural History, 37.16. There are many fantastical stories to be found in Pliny the Elder's Natural History. Part of the lure of this encyclopedic work is the (often misleading) conviction with which the statesman explored the objects, peoples, and places... Continue Reading →

It’s On the Sillybos: The Birth of the Book Title

Anyone who has ever written a book, article, course advertisement, blogpost, or conference paper knows the mental agony that accompanies the completion of this task. It is not enough to write a great book; we must next sell our work with a clever title. We are told that "sexy" titles lure the elusive reader, student, or conference participant to our work. It... Continue Reading →

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