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Piled-up Pasts in Ankara I

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This week we leap forward in my past to February 2018 when, somewhat unexpectedly you may think, I was in Ankara. Actually the reasons for this have been piling up in our narrative: firstly the post held by my good … Continue reading

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Finding the Medieval in Rome V: Fixing a Hole in a City Wall

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This is the last of the Rome 2017 photo posts, and then as promised last week, some more properly academic content will at last materialise. But right now, I hope you can forgive some more photographic antiquarianism. On the last … Continue reading

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Finding the Medieval in Rome IV: Teaching with the Crypta Balbi

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I mentioned a little while back that when I started in post at the University of Leeds I inherited a late antique survey module for first-year undergraduates which, indeed, I still run. That module has always ended with a class … Continue reading

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Finding the Medieval in Rome III: Emperor Hadrian, Defender of the Popes

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Obviously, the subtitle of this post is not true. Not strictly. How could it be, after all, when Hadrian, ruler of the Roman Empire from 117 to 138 CE, and respected chief priest of it too, probably didn’t even know … Continue reading

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Finding the Medieval in Rome I: ruins and cats

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Given the state of things in the UK at the moment, and with the work to get ready for term very much upon me, it’s actually quite nice that my blog backlog means I can write about and remember happier … Continue reading

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A visit to my local castle

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By the time this post goes up, my officially-ordained break from work will be over and there will be, already is, really quite a lot to try to catch up on before teaching restarts and we resume the will-we-won’t-we dance … Continue reading

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High-Speed Lleidan Medievalist Tourism

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Here is the post that you were actually promised for last week, but which this week did not allow me to deliver early as I’d hoped. You may recall from two posts ago that in July 2017 I was in … Continue reading

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First Trip to China, V: medieval Xí’án

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For the first of these photo posts from China of 2017 I’ve managed to construct a historical point to make alongside my holiday snaps. For this one I have no such connection to my work or overarching theme: these are … Continue reading

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First Trip to China, IV: monument to a pilgrim

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I think there are two more of these China 2017 posts in my bag before I return to UK academia of years ago, in general happier times than now, and they’re both about things in the city of Xí’án, as … Continue reading

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First Trip to China, III: a Forest of Steles

Returning, after that last shaft of contemporary relevance, to the blog’s backlogged position in mid-2017, not everything that I saw in China on my trip there then was medieval, or even Byzantine. Before we left Changchun we were bussed out … Continue reading