Using biblical and archaeological evidence, Dr. Sonia examines the intersection of birth and death ritual in Israelite religion, particularly the argument that Israelite burial evokes imagery of gestation and childbirth.
From the time when writing was invented in Mesopotamia until over 3000 years later when the last wedge was pressed into clay, scribes were trained to read and write cuneiform. To master this extremely complex, non-alphabetic writing system consisting of hundreds of signs with multiple pronunciations and meanings, students copied thematic word lists, proverb collections, […]
Cannae was the greatest battle of the ancient Greco-Roman world. In The Allure of Battle, the military historian Cathal Nolan has written of the dangerous illusion cast by Cannae, from antiquity right up through the Schlieffen plan of World War One. This paper examines how the Roman poet Silius Italicus represents Cannae in his epic […]