Author Archives: Patrick Lowinger

About Patrick Lowinger

Patrick Lowinger holds a M.A. in Ancient and Classical History from American Military University (AMU) and B.S. in Microbiology (1993) from California State University, Long Beach.

FERIENTES URSUS: Prelude to Cynoscephalae

By Pat Lowinger Wars and the study of them are never as precise as many may wish for them to be.  Far too often they consist of  complex series of moves and counter-moves, based upon upon incomplete intelligence, tactical acumen and … Continue reading

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Evaluating the Internet as a Source for Historical Research.

Is the internet a boon or bust for historians? By Pat Lowinger In our modern technological age and with the exponential development of the internet in the past three decades the quality, quantity and reliability of available source material for … Continue reading

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Religious Syncretism: Pagan Origin of the Golden Rule.

Christianity, like most ancient religious traditions, did not evolve within a vacuum.  It was influenced by the adoption and modification of non-Christian (and non-Jewish) cosmologies, mythologies and rituals.  Although subtle, the synchronizing of Christian theology with Greco-Roman philosophy was exceedingly … Continue reading

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Magical Flatulence: the Ancient (f)ART of Divination?

By Pat Lowinger I rarely find myself laughing out loud while conducting academic research.  This article reflects one of those rare occasions. I would like to thank Sarah Iles Johnston PhD for her insightful examination of ancient Greek divination in Ancient … Continue reading

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The Coinage of Augustus: Projecting Power and a Divine Lineage.

In antiquity, coinage not only served as an easily portable means of wealth, it also served as an important medium of propaganda.  Through powerful imagery and messaging it was not only possible to influence public opinion, it could wholly reshape it.  … Continue reading

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Of Gods, Kings and Men: the Coinage of Antiochus IV.

By Pat Lowinger For archaeologists, historians and numismatists ancient coins are much more valuable than their material composition might suggest. Whether found individually or within hordes, ancient coinage often fuels the impetus of the professional and amateur numismatist.  When discovered … Continue reading

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Diocletian: Forging the Byzantine Empire.

by Pat Lowinger Historians are often overly concerned with dates- which is understandable given the nature of their collective field of study.  Dates help to temporally organize significant events and eras into convenient timelines; facilitating the use of descriptive terminology such … Continue reading

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