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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 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
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
Strega Nona
An Old Tale Retold
Tomie dePaola - Aug 01, 1975
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Strega Nona -- "Grandma Witch" -- is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical everfull pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. He is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, Big Anthony recites the magic ver...
Sarah Bond
Jul 02, 2020
@paregorios Tommie dePaola is my favorite kids book author! Omg. Love Strega Nona.      source
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Force and Freedom
Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence (America in the Nineteenth Century)
Kellie Carter Jackson - Aug 14, 2020
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From its origins in the 1750s, the white-led American abolitionist movement adhered to principles of "moral suasion" and nonviolent resistance as both religious tenet and political strategy. But by the 1850s, the population of enslaved Americans had increased exponentially, and such legislative efforts as the Fugitive Slave Act and the Supreme Cour...
Sarah Bond
Jun 19, 2020
This article is written by Prof. @kcarterjackson : who also wrote a superb book, “Force & Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence” (University of Pennsylvania Press)      source
Territorial Inviolability in the Hellenistic World (Hellenistic Culture and Society)
Kent J. Rigsby - Mar 27, 1997
In the Hellenistic period certain Greek temples and cities came to be declared "sacred and inviolable." Asylia was the practice of declaring religious places precincts of asylum, meaning they were immune to violence and civil authority. The evidence for this phenomenon—mainly inscriptions and coins—is scattered in the published record. The material...
Sarah Bond
Mar 04, 2020
As I have written about before, the concept of asylum (and later the concept of early Christian "sanctuary" rights) is an ancient one: Please see Kent Rigsby's amazing open access book:      source
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