Domitian and Diocletian.

There’s something that’s been perplexing me, namely the different reactions to the policies of Domitian and Diocletian. Before I start, let me go on a long rant about why everything you know about the ancient world is wrong. When Augustus…Continue Reading →

Racism and Republicans.

This week Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are trading barbs over accusations of racism. And all over the Internet, historical revisionists are out in force, claiming the the Democratic and Republican Parties have maintained consistent ideologies for the entirety of…Continue Reading →

Islam and Terrorism.

It’s very strange that people seem to be condemning Islam as a whole for the actions of a very specific sect of that religion. A religion which happens to span every continent, dozens of languages and ethnicities, and intersects with…Continue Reading →

Syria’s fateful centenary.

While the sun shone through the clouds of London, it remained bitterly cold, though unseasonably dry. It was November 23, 1915. Into the Foreign Office strode François Georges-Picot, a seasoned twenty-year diplomat, and fresh off of his assignment as Consul-General…Continue Reading →