What Rep. Steve King Gets Wrong About The Dark Ages — And Western Civilization

Over on my Forbes blog, I address the comments of Representative Steve King this week and explore the myths of the “Dark Ages” and of “Western Civilization.”  As I say, perpetuating the myth of western exceptionalism is a dangerous narrative to tell ourselves.

Creating A Public Space: Open Access, Book Theft, and the Epigraphy of Ancient Libraries

During the reign of the emperor Trajan (ca. 100 CE) an inscription was placed on a marble block for those visiting the public Library of Pantaenus to read. The library was itself built by the son of a diadochos  (the name for the head of a philosophical school) called Titus Flavius Pantaenus, and stood south of the Stoa of Attalus in Athens’ Agora. EverContinue reading “Creating A Public Space: Open Access, Book Theft, and the Epigraphy of Ancient Libraries”

The Decline and Fall of the All-Male Panel: Compiling a List of Female Ancient Historians

It was my pleasure to attend the annual meeting of the SCS-AIA in San Francisco from January 6-10. I just got back to Iowa City last night, and wanted to write while the thoughts about the conference were still fresh in my mind. First, I want to say that the SCS-AIA always serves as an annual pepContinue reading “The Decline and Fall of the All-Male Panel: Compiling a List of Female Ancient Historians”