Writing History

Writing History. Then, now, in between.

When did Alexander die?

Right after Nicea …

A little after this (Council of Nicea), Alexander bishop of Alexandria having died, Athanasius was set over that church.

A little after? How little?

Alexander, that admirable bishop, who had successfully withstood the blasphemies of Arius, died five months…

The History that isn’t

Amazon.com sells a lot of books and it categorizes all of them. Take the history of say, the Roman army. Where would Amazon put it? In History, specifically into its Military subcategory. Easy right?

Now the history of the Church. Take The Cambridge…

Diocletian’s Gentle Exit

Retire! An emperor!

he (Diocletian) alone of all men, since the foundation of the Roman empire, voluntarily returned from so high a dignity to the condition of private life, and to an equality with the other citizens.

Why? Saw trouble brewing and…

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…