Edition Thirteen – Issue 2, Editorial

From the Ottoman Empire to Queen Elizabeth, and with two articles on Spain, and two papers on aspects of Islam or Judaism, this issue is again a rich storehouse of material- mostly focussed on Mediterranean topics from late antiquity to the early modern period. It is all here in Issue 2 of the thirteenth edition of Eras, the fully refereed online journal edited and produced by postgraduates from Monash University’s School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies.

Dustin Cranford presents “An Onomastic Study of Cultural Assimilation and Integration in Roman Spain”, a paper which is enormous in size and highly detailed in analysis of the naming patterns in Iberia. Cranford provides new insights into provincial -Roman identity and discusses the epigraphic evidence of the exchange between the Roman and indigenous culture that produces a third, hybrid culture- a provincial culture.

Jae Jerkins describes the intriguing relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and the Ottoman Empire’s Sultan Murad III, and the changes over time in European responses to Islam. Jerkins raises interesting questions about the differing political and religious discourses of Protestants and Catholics vis-a-vis Islam, a topic of significant current relevance.

Nicolas Parmley’s paper investigates Iberian poetry regarding the hostile sea, in particular the striking similarities between the poetic stylings of medieval Andalusi poets and the commercial letters of Jewish Geniza merchants. This is a very interesting paper that includes Hebrew text and English translations. (Other editors beware! There were some major challenges in ensuring that the Hebrew text stayed correctly formatted right-to-left.)

In addition to the refereed articles, this issue includes six reviews of recent publications, and yet again we would like to express our thanks to those publishers who provided us with free review copies.

Publishing Eras is very much a collaborative process and this year’s committee members Natasha Amendola, Hannah Fulton, Anne Holloway, Steve Joyce, Stephanie Rocke, and Kathy Shaw, have all continued to work hard while completing their theses. Thanks also to Tom Bolton for publishing this edition on the web, and to the entire staff of the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies for their advice and support.

Authors and academics. A refereed journal relies heavily upon two groups from the scholarly world for its survival – authors to submit articles, and academics to act as referees. Many thanks to both groups, and particularly to those academics who wrote lengthy and discerning review reports that enabled the relevant authors to progress their research much more rapidly than would otherwise have been the case.

Over the coming year there will be a number of special editions of Eras covering focussed areas of medieval history and Emancipation etc. Watch this space!

We also look forward to your responses to our publication. To facilitate this feedback, Eras has a discussion forum relating to the articles published in each edition. Feel free to email us your comments which will be reviewed by theEras editorial committee. Provided the comment is reasonable, the email will be published on our site and we hope that authors and other readers will participate in the ensuing debate. In this way, Eras provides postgraduate students with immediate academic feedback about their work and encourages dialogue in our various fields of interest. We anticipate that this forum will stimulate lively debate about topical issues that are raised in this edition.

John D’Alton
Managing Editor