In Greek, the word “horologion” means a book of hours. Specifically, it refers to a prayer book, wherein are all the canonical hours of prayer, pretty much corresponding to the Latin breviary. In a wider definition, however, it can refer to a diary or day book, a place in which to put one’s thoughts.I do not intend this blog to be a display of my inner mental agonies or anything like that. Nor will I be keeping a record of the mundane and not so mundane details of my life. I’ve never had success doing that with a pen and paper, so I don’t imagine I would in the mysterion of an inkless medium such as this. Rather, this will be a setting forth of some things which I’ve found interesting and edifying, interspersed with my own thoughts and commentaries. Perhaps someone will post a thoughtful and intriguing comment and some sort of conversation will develop. Or perhaps not. It doesn’t matter. This is my blog. What can I say? There are a ton of things which interest me. First among them would be my faith, Orthodox Christianity. Beside that, there is my field of study, Indigenous Nations and Christian missionaries. I am a journalist, and also have particular political opinions which might appear here. Added to these, there are many other things to write about–like music, cooking, writing, and other such things. I hope that whoever reads this will find it interesting, thought-provoking, and entertaining.You might be wondering about the title of this blog, “Under the Theodosian Walls.” To tell the truth, it seemed like a fine idea at the time. I have often remarked to friends that I live under a rock. Due to my interest in history, love of Byzantium, Mediterranean climate and food, sunshine, and olive trees, I have chosen a nice, well-hewn stone in the walls of Constantinople under which to reside noetically as I write my blog about things which I find interesting. God bless you, whoever you are, dear readers, on your earthly pilgrimage, and guide you as you sojourn along the sometimes-perilous paths of cyberspace.

3 Responses to “Welcome to my horologion”


  1. 1 Eric James September 25, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Very good to read you here, Eric John! It has been some time since I have seen you, and I regret not getting to know you better when you were in Lawrence. I hope you are doing well, and look forward to following your blog!

    Eric James

  2. 2 germanus+ September 1, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Very nice to see that you had an old blog of mine up. What a compliment! I’ve moved to http://hairshirtagenda.blogspot.com
    No longer cheffjonny.

    Thanks again.


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