Ok, finally finished with the Roman Empire and starting into European History from Charlemagne to the Union.
Problem I'm having is a few things that got mentioned but never really explained. And I have no idea where to even start looking for some of these things.
For instance, when discussing the formation of the "orthodox" church, he discussed how many of the barbarians converted to Arian Christianity rather than Orthodox Christianity (This was before the Great Schism, so it was still all one Catholic Church.) Based on the arguement being over Christ being homioousios (of a like, but not identical substance-Arian) vs Christ being homooousios(of the exact same substance-Orthodox, as decided at the Council of Nicea)... Is this the same arguement the Eastern Church was facing when debating Hypostasis vs Monophysitism? AKA, is it an arguement over the idea of Christ being wholly human and wholly divine at the same time vs the idea of the divine absorbing the humanity over time? (I'm probably asking in the wrong place here, given most of my readers are either Jewish or Pagan of some form.)
There was also a law against castrating slaves for profit. And I'm trying to figure out how the hell you make a profit off a eunuch. I mean, do you cook the testes and feed them to Andrew Zimmern or something?
I also found a reference to how the Old School Pagans blamed the Christians for the sacking of Rome, inspiring Augustine to write something called The City of God. Can anyone give me a brief overview here? Wading through a treatise on early Christian thought doesn't really appeal to me. (Can you tell I grew up Protestant? Presbyterian Confirmation class Church history tended to gloss over everything until the Protestant Reformation; even then we spent about 2 minutes on Martin Luther and Henry VIII. Hell, even High School Western Civ didn't spend a hell of a lot of time on the fall.)
I did find and request a few books at the library on subjects the current book raised curiousity about, so with any luck they'll arrive sooner or later.
And on another suject entirely, John's taking a nap, so I'm babysitting the shop right now. I really wish we could figure a way to branch out this business so he's not doing 80% of his business between September 15 and November 1.