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Sarah Emily Bond is a Professor of History at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on late Roman history, epigraphy, law, topography, GIS, and Digital Humanities.
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The Past Is a Foreign Country – Revisited
David Lowenthal - Nov 27, 2015 (first published in 2013)
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The past remains essential - and inescapable. A quarter-century after the publication of his classic account of man's attitudes to his past, David Lowenthal revisits how we celebrate, expunge, contest and domesticate the past to serve present needs. He shows how nostalgia and heritage now pervade every facet of public and popular culture. History e...
Sarah Bond
May 08, 2021
It’s one of those books you reread all your life.      source
Birds in the Ancient World
Winged Words
Jeremy Mynott - Jul 01, 2020 (first published in 2018)
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Birds pervaded the ancient world. They impressed their physical presence on the daily experience and imaginations of ordinary people in town and country alike, and figured prominently in literature and art. They also provided a fertile source of symbols and stories in their myths and folklore, and were central to the ancient rituals of augury and d...
Sarah Bond
Apr 11, 2021
In conclusion: Sometimes a mouse is just a mouse & a bird is just a bird. But it takes historians, archaeologists, art historians, and classicists to look at context and help us analyze finds in situ. Also, I love this book so much & recommend it strongly:      source
Social Justice and the Legitimacy of Slavery
The Role of Philosophical Asceticism from Ancient Judaism to Late Antiquity (Oxford Early Christian Studies)
Ilaria L. E. Ramelli - Jan 24, 2017
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Were slavery and social injustice leading to dire poverty in antiquity and late antiquity only regarded as normal, "natural" (Aristotle), or at best something morally "indifferent" (the Stoics), or, in the Christian milieu, a sad but inevitable consequence of the Fall, or even an expression of God's unquestionable will? Social Justice and the Legit...
Sarah Bond
Apr 07, 2021
Currently listening to Prof. Noel Lenski discuss the impact of Christianity on slavery in Late Antiquity. And we have our first shout-out to Gregory of Nyssa and reference to Ilaria Ramelli's important book on social justice and slavery in antiquity.      source
The Silk Road in World History
Xinru Liu - Jul 09, 2010
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The Silk Road was the contemporary name for a complex of ancient trade routes linking East Asia with Central Asia, South Asia, and the Mediterranean world. This network of exchange emerged along the borders between agricultural China and the steppe nomads during the Han Dynasty (206BCE-220CE), in consequence of the inter-dependence and the conflict...
Sarah Bond
Mar 25, 2021
Xinru Liu ties together many important strands in her book _The Silk Road in World History_ esp. a chapter on Buddhism & the Kushan Empire. She also has an excellent article revising the negative reputation of "nomadic" societies:      source
The Lure of the Arena
Social Psychology and the Crowd at the Roman Games
Garrett G. Fagan - Mar 28, 2011
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Why did the Romans turn out in their tens of thousands to watch brutal gladiatorial games? Previous studies have tried to explain the attraction of the arena by theorizing about its cultural function in Roman society. The games have been seen as celebrations of the violence of empire or of Rome's martial heritage or as manifestations of the emperor...
Sarah Bond
Mar 18, 2021
@wmarybeard I think perhaps we have discussed this before, but I cannot write about gladiators w/o Garrett's splendid book on the sociology of violence in games. For Richard's Festschrift he also wrote an epic chapter on gladiatorial schools if you want It. Good luck!      source
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Black Samson
The Untold Story of an American Icon
Jeremy Schipper - Jul 01, 2020
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Before Harriet Tubman or Martin Luther King was identified with Moses, African Americans identified those who challenged racial oppression in America with Samson. In Black Samson: The Untold Story of an American Icon, Nyasha Junior and Jeremy Schipper tell the story of how this biblical character became an icon of African American literature. Along...
Sarah Bond
Mar 09, 2021
A great overview and important tracing of the reception of Black Samson. Definitely go read the book, y'all. #BlkSamson      source
The Roman Retail Revolution
The Socio-Economic World of the Taberna
Steven J. R. Ellis - May 22, 2018
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Tabernae were ubiquitous in all Roman cities, lining the busiest streets and dominating their most crowded intersections in numbers far exceeding those of any other form of building. That they played a vital role in the operation of the city, and indeed in the very definition of urbanization in ancient Rome, is a point too often under-appreciated i...
Sarah Bond
Mar 07, 2021
@StevenEllis74 @Pompeiana79 @Annaleen It’s such a fantastic book. I hope you do an audio version one day.      source
The Archaeology of Ancient Sicily
R. Ross Holloway - Aug 30, 2000 (first published in 1991)
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From the Palaeolithic to the later Roman period, The Archaeology of Ancient Sicily explores all the main topics of archaeological interest. These range from Greek colinization, sancyuaries and burial, the architecture of temples, houses, theaters, and military sites, to sculpture, the cities of the island and the Sicels. Separate sections explore t...
Sarah Bond
Dec 10, 2020
To learn more about the archaeology of Sicily, I still adore Ross Holloway's 2004 book as introduction: You can also follow ceramicist @jstpwalsh & look at recent articles on the site in Google Scholar: (I hate academia [dot] edu).      source
Byzantine Intersectionality
Sexuality, Gender, and Race in the Middle Ages
Roland Betancourt - Oct 06, 2020
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A fascinating history of marginalized identities in the medieval worldWhile the term "intersectionality" was coined in 1989, the existence of marginalized identities extends back over millennia. Byzantine Intersectionality reveals the fascinating, little-examined conversations in medieval thought and visual culture around matters of sexual and repr...
Sarah Bond
Dec 02, 2020
@hragv I don't think I would have been able to engage in this at all and understand it without first reading the work of @sandylocks and @Halfrican_One. Thanks for letting me in on this; it is a groundbreaking book.      source
The Cigarette
A Political History
Sarah Milov - Oct 02, 2019
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The untold political story of the most controversial consumer product in American history.Tobacco is the quintessential American product. From Jamestown to the Marlboro Man, the plant occupied the heart of the nation's economy and expressed its enduring myths. But today smoking rates have declined and smokers are exiled from many public spaces. The...
Sarah Bond
Aug 22, 2020
@allofmilov I am not teaching it because I teach ancient history, but did want to say I absolutely loved the book and gave it to numerous family members at Christmas.      source
The Personalization of the Museum Visit
Art Museums, Discourse, and Visitors (Routledge Research in Museum Studies)
Seph Rodney - Jun 03, 2019
The Personalization of the Museum Visit examines a fundamental shift in institutional behavior in museums located in the United States and the United Kingdom. Contending that art museums have moved toward a new paradigm of public engagement, it posits that modern museum visitors are treated as self-directed "clients", with the agency to make meanin...
Sarah Bond
Aug 21, 2020
And of course where would we be without @Sephspeaks? He is an art critic, an art historian, a journalist, an editor, and a great human being. Read his first book, The Personalization of the Museum Visit: Art Museums, Discourse, and Visitors from Routledge:      source
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Force and Freedom by Kellie Carter Jackson
The Bone Gatherers by Nicola Denzey
Asylia by Kent J. Rigsby
Cæsar’s Calendar by Denis Feeney
Byzantium Viewed by the Arabs by Nadia Maria el Cheikh
Chasing Vines by Beth Moore
On the Bullet Train with Emily Brontë by Judith Pascoe
On Roman Time by Michele Renee Salzman
Bishops in Flight by Jennifer Barry
Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome by Gregory S. Aldrete