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04 December 2008


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You can count me among his disciples. Before I read "The Holy Man in Late Antiquity" for an undergraduate medieval history survey, my exploration of the period was confined to textbooks and browsing applicable articles on a very young Wikipedia. After that class (taught by one of his protégées), I switched my major from "anything as long as it's a diploma" to history.

I was fortunate enough to meet him at a conference at Villanova in fall 2006. I was a stammering groupie, and he was incredibly gracious. Asked me who I was studying with, what we were reading, and so forth. I'd have settled for a handshake. Wonderful man.


It was the World of Late Antiquity for me.

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