birth, death, God, monuments, pregnancy

The histories of miscarriage and stillbirth

Three children who died too young: what can they tell us about how we frame and then answer our questions about the past?

death, diseases, teaching

The Chameleon in the Classroom

This is a story of illness and magic from the fourth century CE. Even though Constantine had converted the Roman Empire to Christianity, paganism didn’t just lie down and die. One of the most famous pagan intellectuals was Libanius, a distinguished orator who taught rhetoric to famous Christian figures such as Basil the Great and… Continue reading The Chameleon in the Classroom