A Conference a Colleague and I are organizing in Venice, 2021.
This is a great set of resources and analysis from the ongoing Embedding Conquest: Naturalising Muslim Rule in the Early Islamic Empire (600-1000) led by an interdisciplinary research team led by Petra Sijpesteijn at Leiden University. The research continues to offer a great deal in the way of diverse documents and perspectives on the first … Continue reading Embedding Conquest
August 29, 2020 It is great to see Sean Kingsley still working like a maniac and what does he have to show for it? Well, for one, a beautiful new webzine: Wreckwatch. In the first issue, Dr. Kingsley treats us to tons of juicy delights from the deep sea realm. Nerds, brace yourselves for an … Continue reading Wreckwatch – First Read
I have collected here a group of sources of interest for students of ancient history, medieval history, and religion. Sacred Books of the East Volume 1, The Upanishads, tr. Max Müller (1897). Download
Humans have dealt with epidemics and mass mortality events caused by viral, bacterial, and fungal agents long before the rise of the first cities around the 8th millennium B.C.E. From ancient texts we glean details of some significant disease incidents. Already in the second millennium B.C.E. Egyptian sources report a rapidly spreading disease around Byblos (in … Continue reading The Hand of God: The Hittite Plague