My Top 5 Articles of 2022
These are the Top 5 articles from my blog this year based on the number of reader views at billpetro.com:
The story of the monk who caused the Roman gladiatorial games to be ended upon his martyrdom on January 1, A.D. 404. It is often told since the 8th and 9th centuries. It’s included in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Alfred Lord Tennyson recounted it during Victorian times, and Ronald Reagan used it at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1984. The Feast of St. Telemachus is celebrated on New Year’s Day.
From the Easter story, this article talks about the ancient Jewish “Supreme Court,” the council of the High Priestly family, Elders of the tribes and families, and the Scribes of the Law. It was the responsibility of this body two millennia ago to identify the Messiah and expose false ones. Yet the council had lost to the Roman governor Pilate the power of capital punishment, the jus gladii, except for against Gentile trespassers into the Temple.
Though it was 55 years ago, the Summer of Love was a seminal time in American culture; it was the epitome of “the ’60s.” With a focus on the “hippy generation” of San Francisco and the Bay Area, this 4-part series has an article each on: sex, drugs, and rock and roll.
How many trials did Jesus have beginning Thursday night into Good Friday? This article identifies the series of half a dozen trials before various Jewish and Roman officials in Jerusalem almost 2,000 years ago. It covers issues of Jewish law and Roman political intrigue.
In light of the invasion of Ukraine this year, this two-part series covers “what you want to know” about Ukraine and its relationship with Russia and its place in Europe over the last two centuries.
Please drop by and read ’em all.
Bill Petro, your friendly neighborhood historian