Newly minted PhD Patrick Wyman has set out to ask how and why the state became the dominant political entity of our world. We take it for granted that this is the case, but Dr. Wyman takes us through history to demonstrate that this wasn’t a preordained certainty. Instead, he demonstrates that the dominance of the state emerged through a complex process that is worth examining. I look forward to what he has to say about all of this. Take a listen for yourself at his site on the Wondery podcast network.
Plus, it’s fun to say Hieronymus!
From The History of the Byzantine Empire, we find that Julian manages to alienate much of Antioch and then meets his swan song in Persia.
The History of the Byzantine Empire‘s examination of the improbable rise of Julian the Apostate. The story continues as he finds himself acclaimed as emperor by the legions under his command, must to his cousin Constantius’ anger and dismay. Good times!
It failed as a peace treaty and was almost intended only to apply to the nobility. But now it’s a seen as a cornerstone of our liberal, democratic (meant in the classic sense) political order.
For what it’s worth, no English King has been named John since his reign.
I miss the Hagia Sophia:
Plus, there was a LOT of Istanbul that I didn’t see, not to mention the rest of Turkey, and the Middle East, and Europe. Ah well, a fellah can dream, can’t he? You’re all invited, too.
History Nerd goodness: A time capsule believed to be left by Paul Revere and Sam Adams in 1795 is unearthed at the Massachusetts Capitol building. Pretty cool:
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And day two of Writing 101 presents a much easier challenge for lil’ ol’ me. Specifically:
We’re all drawn to certain places. If you had the power to get somewhere — anywhere — where would you go right now? For your twist, focus on building a setting description.
So, where would I go right now? I would go to Istanbul. And no, I’m not gonna sing the They Might Be Giants cover of that song, tempting though it may be.
Building-wise, the first place I’d want to see is the place to see: the Hagia Sophia! Take a look at it – how could you not want to go see a place like this?:
Hmmmm, come to think of it, I need to start thinking about booking a vacation somewhere this fall. I need a rest.