Monday, 22 February 2010

Did the Catholics Murder Descartes?

Early in Bill Clinton's first presidency I remember that there was some report of some kind of financial irregularity or other.  The details were vague but his enemies lost no time in trying to exploit it to his disadvantage.  His friends instantly rallied around to defend Clinton. 

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Podcasting - Update on progress

Well I started my project to create a history book review podcast back in October 2008. How may podcasts have I released since then? As of today, none.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Marcus Aurelius: Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter 3 Part 4

Marcus Aurelius would probably have been remembered as a philosopher even if he had not gone into politics, a unique achievement.


Hadrian and Antoninus: Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter 3 Part 3






Hadrian had a tough act to follow, but he did hit the ground running. His only problem was that Trajan had never actually nominated him as his successor until he was on his deathbed - and even this was only witnessed by Plotina his pro-Hadrian widow.