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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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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
Ancient Time and the Beginnings of History
Denis Feeney - Jun 03, 2007
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The ancient Romans changed more than the map of the world when they conquered so much of it; they altered the way historical time itself is marked and understood. In this brilliant, erudite, and exhilarating book Denis Feeney investigates time and its contours as described by the ancient Romans, first as Rome positioned itself in relation to Greece...
Sarah Bond
Feb 24, 2020
@MANNapoli My favorite Gregorian–Julian converter online is here: And although I recommend Feeney's 2008 book a lot why not try this superb article by Nomi Claire Lazar on the political rhetoric of calendar adjustment:     source
Byzantium Viewed by the Arabs
Nadia Maria El Cheikh - Sep 15, 2004
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This book studies the Arabic-Islamic view of Byzantium, tracing the Byzantine image as it evolved through centuries of warfare, contact, and exchanges. Including previously inaccessible material on the Arabic textual tradition on Byzantium, this investigation shows the significance of Byzantium to the Arab Muslim establishment and their appreciatio...
Sarah Bond
Feb 11, 2020
By the by, a great book that helped me view Heraclius and Byzantium from a non-Roman perspective is “Byzantium viewed by the Arabs” by Prof. Nadia Maria El Cheikh (@NadiaelCheikh1) @Harvard_Press     source
Chasing Vines
Finding Your Way to an Immensely Fruitful Life (Hardcover) – By Beth Moore – Spiritual Guidance for a Life that Matters
Beth Moore - Feb 04, 2020
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Join bestselling author Beth Moore in her life-changing quest of vine-chasing―and learn how everything changes when you discover the true meaning of a fruitful, God-pleasing, meaning-filled life.God wants us to flourish. In fact, he delights in our flourishing. Life isn’t always fun, but in Christ it can always be fruitful.In Chasing Vines, Beth sh...
Sarah Bond
Feb 04, 2020
@DigitaVaticana I came to know Isidore's letter collection better due to a great chapter by Lillian Larsen addressing their place in late antique epistolography (Ch. 18). Please read the entirety of the book (but get it from the library because it is way too expensive):     source
On the Bullet Train with Emily Brontë
Wuthering Heights in Japan
Judith Pascoe - Jan 23, 2019 (first published in 2017)
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While teaching in Japan, Judith Pascoe was fascinated to discover the popularity that Emily Bront�'s novel Wuthering Heights has enjoyed there. Nearly one hundred years after its first formal introduction to the country, the novel continues to engage the imaginations of Japanese novelists, filmmakers, manga artists, and others, resulting in numerou...
Sarah Bond
Jul 30, 2019
A great time to read @JudithMPascoe’s book about the popularity of Brontë in Japan:     source
On Roman Time
The Codex-Calendar of 354 and the Rhythms of Urban Life in Late Antiquity (Volume 17) (Transformation of the Classical Heritage)
Michele Renee Salzman - Mar 24, 1991
Because they list all the public holidays and pagan festivals of the age, calendars provide unique insights into the culture and everyday life of ancient Rome. The Codex-Calendar of 354 miraculously survived the Fall of Rome. Although it was subsequently lost, the copies made in the Renaissance remain invaluable documents of Roman society and relig...
Sarah Bond
Jun 20, 2019
@TradeTexasBig @DigitaVaticana Yes. Please click on the link for the full manuscript. You may also enjoy this book on the calendar by Michele Salzman.     source
Bishops in Flight
Exile and Displacement in Late Antiquity
Jennifer Barry - Apr 22, 2019
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A free open access ebook is upon publication. Learn more at Flight during times of persecution has a long and fraught history in early Christianity. In the third century, bishops who fled were considered cowards or, worse yet, heretics. On the face, flight meant denial of Christ and thus betrayal of faith and community. But by th...
Sarah Bond
Jun 09, 2019
@DigitaVaticana @ClericalExile To read more about Bishops & Exile in Late Antiquity, see @jennisifire's brand new book on the matter which is open access (i.e. free to read): and then read more about the history of the Hagia Sophia(s) with Alessandro Taddei:     source
Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome
Gregory S. Aldrete - Mar 05, 2007 (first published in 2006)
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While the remains of its massive aqueducts serve as tangible reminders of Rome’s efforts to control its supply of drinking water, there are scant physical reminders that other waters sometimes raged out of control. In fact, floods were simply a part of life in ancient Rome, where proximity to the Tiber left a substantial part of the city vulnerable...
Sarah Bond
May 29, 2019
@carolemadge For the best book on flooding in antiquity, and particularly in Rome, see Greg Aldrete's 'Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome'     source