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ultimate cuckold recorded in medieval Flanders near Ghent

Flanders in 1128 offers plausible referents for the ultimate cuckold: the wolf Ysengrimus in a medieval Latin text from 12th-century Flanders. … Read the post ultimate cuckold recorded in medieval Flanders near Ghent
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June 27, 2017, 1:16 a.m.

Saint Eugenia with female advantage refuted false accusation of rape

Today the best hope for men falsely accused of rape is to pray for justice to the early saint and martyr Eugenia, who experienced false accusation of rape. … Read the post Saint Eugenia with female advantage refuted false accusation of rape
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June 27, 2017, 12:16 a.m.

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June 21, 2017, 4:01 a.m.

barbarian lover: Goth as good husband to Euphemia

The Byzantine story of Euphemia and the Goth shows a Roman woman's appreciation for a barbarian lover and social disparagement of highly masculine men. … Read the post barbarian lover: Goth as good husband to Euphemia
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June 18, 2017, 4:10 p.m.

opioid overdose epidemic sex-biased toward men’s deaths

Drug overdose deaths, predominately opioid overdose deaths, number three times larger than homicide deaths and kill twice as many men as women. … Read the post opioid overdose epidemic sex-biased toward men’s deaths
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June 18, 2017, 4:05 p.m.

Ysengrimus enduringly influenced Christian devotional practice

The Latin phrase "satis est" ("that is enough") flows from an ancient Jewish Passover song of gratitude to God and the foolish greed of Ysengrimus. … Read the post Ysengrimus enduringly influenced Christian devotional practice
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June 18, 2017, 4:01 p.m.

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June 14, 2017, 4:01 a.m.

Byzantine gardener & his cypress: barrenness makes beauty a loss

In a brilliant 12th-century Byzantine ethopoeia, Nikephoros Basilake allegorized a gardener lavishing his love on a beautiful, barren cypress tree. … Read the post Byzantine gardener & his cypress: barrenness makes beauty a loss
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June 11, 2017, 6:35 p.m.

Ysengrimus: prophetic beast epic in vital medieval Latin literature

An enormously influential Latin beast epic of the mid-12th century, Ysengrimus remains highly relevant to intellectual life today. … Read the post Ysengrimus: prophetic beast epic in vital medieval Latin literature
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June 11, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

sickness results not from being a doctor, but from marriage

In Mazaris’s Journey to Hades, Mazaris explained to a fellow doctor that his sickness and poverty wasn’t from occupational toubles, but from his marriage. … Read the post sickness results not from being a doctor, but from marriage
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June 11, 2017, 5:24 p.m.

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June 7, 2017, 4:01 a.m.

Journey to Hades: Byzantine anti-men bias in divorce rulings

Mazaris' Journey to Hades describes stairs of seventy-two steps atop which adulterous wives taunted their husbands, apparently threatening divorce & ruin. … Read the post Journey to Hades: Byzantine anti-men bias in divorce rulings
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June 4, 2017, 7:02 p.m.

men reluctant to marry for money; prefer beautiful women

Sixth-century sophist Choricius of Gaza pretended to make a case for a young war-hero to marry an ugly but wealthy girl. His declamation is a parody. … Read the post men reluctant to marry for money; prefer beautiful women
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June 4, 2017, 6:36 p.m.

Holy House in Loreto founded with Apuleius’s Metamorphoses

In his anti-Christian Metamorphoses, Apuleius may have mocked an earlier Christian story like the medieval story of the Holy House translated to Loreto. … Read the post Holy House in Loreto founded with Apuleius’s Metamorphoses
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June 4, 2017, 6:13 p.m.

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May 31, 2017, 4:01 a.m.

love central to progymnasmata of Nikephoros Basilakes

Nikephoros Basilakes in his 12th-century progymnasmata (rhetorical exercises) brought together in Byzantium classical and Christian literature on love. … Read the post love central to progymnasmata of Nikephoros Basilakes
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May 28, 2017, 6:28 p.m.

Mango on Byzantine literature and Byzantine anti-feminism

Cyril Mango's influential 1980 book Byzantium: The Empire of the New Rome fallaciously describes Byzantine literature and Byzantine anti-feminism. … Read the post Mango on Byzantine literature and Byzantine anti-feminism
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May 28, 2017, 6:02 p.m.

fine Byzantine invective: Mazaris to his friend Holobolos in Hades

In Mazaris's Journey to Hades, Mazaris with highly literary invective harshly cursed his friend Holobolos for advising him to move to the Peloponnese. … Read the post fine Byzantine invective: Mazaris to his friend Holobolos in Hades
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May 28, 2017, 5:47 p.m.

Mango on Byzantine literature and Byzantine anti-feminism

Cyril Mango’s 1980 book Byzantium: The Empire of the New Rome influentially described Byzantine literature and Byzantine anti-feminism. Mango published this book from his lofty position as Bywater and Sotheby Professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Literature at the University of Oxford. Mango’s introduction recognized that “Byzantine” inaptly labels the continuation of the Roman Empire. … Continue reading Mango on Byzantine literature and Byzantine anti-feminism
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May 25, 2017, 1:20 p.m.

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May 24, 2017, 4:01 a.m.