While much of the world is focused on a car park in Leicester, a good number of stories on late antiquity have emerged. First off, the BBC has a story about the Traprain Law hoard, the largest hoard of chopped up silver ever discovered. Discovered East of Edinburgh in 1919, the silverware was buried in the fifth century. Full story with some splendid pix at the BBC.
Elsewhere, History of the Ancient World has a fantastic article by David Woods from CQ 47 called Ammianus and some Tribuni Scholarum Palatinarum c. A.D. 353-364 which reconstructs an almost complete list of their commanders for the period. Full story here.
Also yesterday History of the Ancient World had the Durham MA thesis: From periphery to centre: pagan continuity and revival in Britain and Rome during the late fourth century AD. Link here.
And finally a couple of relevant book articles at BMCR. First Peter Walsh and Christopher Husch's One Hundred Latin Hymns: Ambrose to Aquinas reviewed by Scott Bruce, University of Colorado at Boulder:
The volume begins with fourteen hymns (nos. 1-14) by Ambrose of Milan (d. 397), who according to Augustine composed many moving hymns for antiphonal singing "according to the customs of the East." There follows another early hymn by an anonymous imitator of Ambrose (no. 15), three long hymns (nos. 16-18) by Prudentius (d. 410), and another (no. 19) by Sedulius, the fifth-century author of the Carmen Paschale. The volume continues with two hymns (nos. 20-21) by Venantius Fortunatus (d. 610), written to celebrate the arrival of a relic of the True Cross to the city of Poitiers, followed by thirteen poems (nos. 22-35) from the Old Hymnal, a sixth- century collection of hymns for the monastic offices, major feast days and in praise of saints and martyrs, and twenty-eight poems (nos. 36-63) from the New Hymnal, which replaced the Old Hymnal throughout most of Europe (except at the city of Milan) by the tenth century.
And John Noël Dillon's The Justice of Constantine: Law, Communication, and Control. Law and society in the ancient world reviewed by Charles Aull, Indiana University:
For Dillon, the reign of Constantine represents a significant departure from Millar's notion of passive emperorship characteristic of the High Empire. Dillon suggests that Constantine transformed the office of emperor "into a relatively proactive, popularizing autocracy that would persist long after his reign" (p. 6). Dillon proves his arguments brilliantly. His book presents a nuanced reading of Roman law and a provocative portrait of Constantine's reign.
All articles worth looking at.