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The chariot racer Marcianus from Merida, Spain. From Mérida (ancient Emerita), Spain. Second half of the fourth century CE. Museo Nacional de Arte Romano, Mérida: Inventory number CE26389. Photo by José María Murciano Calles.
The chariot racer Marcianus from Merida, Spain. From Mérida (ancient Emerita), Spain. Second half of the fourth century CE. Museo Nacional de Arte Romano, Mérida: Inventory number CE26389. Photo by José María Murciano Calles.

After two years, four incredibly positive and encouraging referee reports from peers who saw this initial proposal, many months of writing, and at last—just yesterday—word that two more anonymous readers have given their final seal of approval, I feel like I can finally step back and celebrate. My third book, Late Antiquity: A Social and Cultural History, will go into production with the publisher Wiley later this summer.

Covering the rise of Christianity to the rise of Islam, with discussions of cities, families, the economy, literature, art, and archaeology; Rome, Persia, Armenia, China, and even Muhammad’s house in Medina—this book was one of the most challenging assignments I ever agreed to write. What I hope I’ve accomplished, though, is to give people with a general interest in history a travel guide and a road map to this crucially important time in the past. Yes, you can call me a cockeyed optimist (Seinfeld reference), but history still matters.

Now, it’s on to something new!

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