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November 24, 2017

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Understanding The Annals: Tacitus and the Ancient Structure of History – Part IV: Seneca and Stoicism

This is Part 4 of 4 in the “Understanding The Annals: Tacitus and the Ancient Structure of History” miniseries on JosephKaminski.org. The question at hand here is “Explain the role that Stoic ideas, Stoicism, and Stoic philosophers play in the Annals.” You can click here for the archive page of this series; and if you liked this series

Understanding The Annals: Tacitus and the Ancient Structure of History – Part III: Republican Values & Authorship

This is Part 3 of 4 in the “Understanding The Annals: Tacitus and the Ancient Structure of History” miniseries on JosephKaminski.org. The question at hand here is “Tacitus is frequently considered by scholars a Republican author.  What do you think scholars mean by this and do you agree with this characterization?” You can click here

Understanding The Annals: Tacitus and the Ancient Structure of History – Part II: Roman Imperialism

This is Part 2 of 4 in the “Understanding The Annals: Tacitus and the Ancient Structure of History” miniseries on JosephKaminski.org. The question at hand here is “What is Tacitus’s attitude regarding the empire and Roman imperialism?” You can click here for the archive page of this series; and if you liked this series – take

Understanding The Annals: Tacitus and the Ancient Structure of History – Part I: Why Was it Written?

This is Part 1 of 4 in the “Understanding The Annals: Tacitus and the Ancient Structure of History” miniseries on JosephKaminski.org. The question at hand here is “What are Tacitus’ reasons (both explicit and implicit) for writing The Annals?” You can click here for the archive page of this series; and if you liked this series –

Augustus

Quick History: The Month of August

If you’re like me, you just realized that 2016 is already well over halfway finished. We’ve entered the eighth month of the year 2016, yet I still feel like it’s 2012. For the next thirty-one days (counting today), the Gregorian calendar will be flipped to the month of August. The month of peridot and sardonyx, of gladiolus and poppy, and of Leo and Virgo.

The Horses of Saint Mark

Did you know there’s a work of art that has been stolen by some of history’s most influential leaders? The Horses of Saint Mark hold an incredibly intriguing history. You won’t believe who owned them, and that each of its most outstanding owners stole them from the last!

Five Empires That Were Close to World Domination

When we think of world domination, we oftentimes think of countries that have strongholds on land mass. How much of the world has been painted with their flag? While this won’t necessarily be the perfect explanation for what the empires stood for or accomplished, it’ll be interesting to see what nations had at least the slightest chance to dominate the world in one form or another. There are thousands of empires to choose from, so I’m going to focus on five of them.

How Has History Treated Insanity?

Insanity is a spectrum of behaviors, characterized by abnormal mental states or behavioral patterns. Insanity manifests itself in that of the loners, those who violate the average person’s viewpoints in society. Insanity is dangerous, leading people to become dangers to themselves or to others. But, not all acts are considered insanity, just like all acts showing indifference or disagreement towards societal concepts are not considered insanity.

Quick History: Constantine I – Basiliscus

Constantine, the son of Augustus Constantinius Chlorus and Helena, was proclaimed the Augustus of the Western Roman Empire upon the death of his father on July 25th, 306 CE. He became the sole ruler of the empire after the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312 and the defeat of Licinius in 324, after which he re-United the Empire under his reign. Building Constantinople, “Constantine’s City” or “New Rome”, he created the new capital of the empire. He would go on to revolutionize and reform coinage, with his reign introducing a new “form” of gold called solidus. He played a crucial role in the Christianization of the Roman World, getting baptized on his deathbed and leaving the standards for future emperors.