By Terry Boyle
Terry Boyle unveils the eccentric and weird in those mini-histories of Ontario's cities and towns: the imposter who ran the Rockwood Asylum in Kingston; Ian Fleming's thought for James Bond; the Prince of Wales's undignified crossing of Rice Lake; the tragic lifetime of Joseph Brant; the fellow who marketed his wife's demise earlier than poisoning her; in addition to Ontario's first bullfight and the reply to the query, "Why did such a lot of lumberjacks game beards?"
The vibrant characters, local legends, and wonderful stories that make up our province's interesting prior come alive in "Hidden Ontario." From Bancroft, Baldoon, and Brighton to Timmins, Toronto, and Trenton, discover extra concerning the Ontario you inspiration you knew.
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27 The magister ofﬁciorum’s duties also included some economic activities. From the 390s the supervision of the imperial armaments factories was transferred from the praetorian prefects to his authority, and he was responsible for the billeting and provisioning of troops, with the assistance of local ofﬁcials. His legal authority was also broad – in 443 he was awarded judicial authority over the soldiers of the limitanei, units based along and behind the frontiers;28 in 41 Cambridge Companions Online © Cambridge University Press, 2006 The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Justinian ﬁgure 1.
Society Late Roman society was neither rigidly hierarchical nor inﬂexible. It was possible to move from relatively humble status to a position of considerable wealth and power, particularly through service in the army or another state service. Such opportunities were by deﬁnition very limited, however, so that the vast majority of the population undoubtedly remained in the social group into which they were born. As we have already seen, most people in the Roman world lived and worked in the country, as agricultural workers, or perhaps as rural artisans or skilled workers in specialist trades such as pottery production or smithing.
Insofar as the regime at Constantinople was aware of economic issues (limited largely to the role of the imperial coinage at different levels of state and local demand), government policy can only have been reactive in this respect, if the symptoms of particular problems could even have been recognised. The accounts in Procopius and John the Lydian of the effects – however exaggerated – of the curtailment or cessation of the public post in certain areas of Asia Minor under Justinian would suggest as much.
Hidden Ontario: Secrets from Ontario's Past (2nd Edition) by Terry Boyle