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!