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!
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I am an Associate Professor in the History Department at the University of Iowa. I am interested in Roman, late antique, and early medieval history, archaeology, topography and GIS, Digital Humanities, and the role of Classics in pop culture. I obtained a BA in Classics and History with a minor in Classical Archaeology from the University of Virginia (2005). My PhD is in Ancient History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2011). My book, Trade and Taboo: Disreputable Professionals in the Roman Mediterranean, is out now from University of Michigan Press (Fall, 2016) and looks at the lives of marginalized tradesmen like gravediggers and tanners. Follow me on Twitter @SarahEBond, read my Blog, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. View all posts by sarahemilybond