Inflation in the Late Roman Empire

One of the most noticeable characteristics of the later Roman Empire was the heavy inflation they faced. For 2 centuries after Augustus became emperor, the Roman Empire was able to maintain two separate currencies: gold and silver. The silver coin, or denarius, was the standard currency. Small change was done in copper or bronze coins, …

On Aurelian

Just recently, I devised a back-of-the-napkin metric for historical influence: [Years of Continued Influence Following Death]/[Years Active]. Here’s how it’d work for Jesus.  Jesus died in 33 CE, and no doubt this kick-started his greatest claim to fame. Last time I checked, Christianity was still relevant, so let’s make his years of continued influence 2022 …

Sports in Classical Antiquity

In today’s world, we enjoy making fun of barbaric Roman gladiator battles and laughing at the naked statues of Ancient Greek athletes. In terms of historical accuracy, these two examples are pretty truthful. In terms of self reflection, however, we might find these examples uncomfortably familiar. To better understand this and inflict insecurity in your …