"It is the historian who has decided for his own reasons that Caesar's crossing of that petty stream, the Rubicon, is a fact of history, whereas the crossing of the Rubicon by millions of other people before or since interests nobody at all. The fact that you arrived in this building half an hour ago... Continue Reading →

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Book Review: S. Lancel’s ‘Carthage’ and E. Luttwak’s ‘The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire’

Groningen, 03-12-2017 AD*, Over the last few weeks I read in sequence two books about two ancient Mediterranean countries. Lancel's 'Carthage: A History' provides us with a summary on everything we know about Carthaginian (a.k.a. Punic) history known up and to the time of writing (1992). The book therefore spans the centuries from 800BC to... Continue Reading →

Will History Become History?

Leiden, a.d. XV Kal. Iun. MMDCCLXIX A.U.C., For the umpteenth time there is a discussion going on in The Netherlands about whether the course History should be abolished on schools. Even though I am a history freak myself, I have worked as a research assistant for several┬áhistorical research projects and I read several history books... Continue Reading →

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