Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Use Of Barbarian Soldiers In Game of Thrones And The Roman Empire

A new post from me up at Forbes concerns the use of “barbarian” soldiers in the late antique military  of the fourth century CE and on Game of Thrones. It also addresses a lot of questions that I have been asking myself over the past few months: How can the study of the historical treatment of refugees shape and inform our reaction to the crisis in Syria? What kind of language is being used to speak about these individuals? How should we treat non-citizen soldiers? These are big questions, but hopefully Jon Snow, Valens, and the Battle of Adrianople can provide some possible answers. Enjoy!

Even The Ancient Romans Had Fierce Debates Over Banning Assault Weapons

Hey, readers. How are you? I rarely speak to you directly, but I wanted to let you know that there are a few changes going on. While I will still be blogging here on my own site, I will also be posting links to the contributions that I am doing for Forbes.com. My first post for them is on the history of weapons bans in late Republican Rome. You can check it out here. I hope you will enjoy reading these posts as much as you do the ones here, and am so excited to be a regular contributor with the Forbes team.