The Rest

Other thoughts …

The rise and fall of Holy Troy

Homer’s celebration of the fall of Troy was the bible of Greece and the rebuilt city would forever be defined by her forebear’s glorious defeat.

Xerxes visited a modest New Troy on his way to conquer Greece. He would honor Priam, as an Asian king defeated…

Hot air over Troy

In The Fall of Troy, Peter Ackroyd goes to windy Troy in the mid nineteenth century, its ruins crudely exposed to its omen-filled plain. He draws the real Schliemann, Troy’s archeologist, as Obermann, a loud, portly German Romantic digging for the…

Believing, not Reading

Theodoret’s Church History is far from objective about the council of Nicea. For him, the devil and his slaves to ambition and vainglory, the Arians, were beaten back by the Orthodox, the great … champion(s) of the truth. Luckily for us, his…

A narrative raised

There is only one history of the Church before Constantine. By Eusebius the father of Church History, the first to enter upon the subject.

He has a narrative in mind. The continuous line of Church leaders since the first followers…

Tsunami, with and without God

A terrible earthquake, then a tsunami and Alexandria was hit hard …

on the 21st of July, in the first consulship of Valentinian and his brother, fearful dangers suddenly overspread the whole world, such as are related in no ancient fables…