Category Archives: History

Tides of War: Byzantium’s Vacillating Imperial Fortunes – Part 4

Persian Dominance “For the crime of an ambitious centurion [Phocas] the nation which he oppressed was chastised with the calamities of war, and the same calamities, at the end of twenty years, were retaliated and redoubled on the heads of … Continue reading

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Tides of War: Byzantium’s Vacillating Imperial Fortunes – Part 3

Reverses “You behold the ensigns of supreme power. You are about to receive them, not from my hand, but from the hand of God. Honor them, and from them you will derive honor. Respect the empress your mother: you are … Continue reading

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Tides of War: Byzantium’s Vacillating Imperial Fortunes – Part 2

Reconquering the West “It will be evident that no more important or mightier deeds are to be found in history than those which have been enacted in these wars,—provided one wishes to base his judgment on the truth. For in … Continue reading

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Tides of War: Byzantium’s Vacillating Imperial Fortunes – Part 1

The Final Division “Arcadius, who then was about eighteen years of age, was born in Spain in the humble habitation of a private family. But he received a princely education in the palace of Constantinople; and his inglorious life was … Continue reading

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All Work And No Play…

…makes Ethan really, really tired. Basically, that’s it. Unfortunately my day job has been somewhat intrusive recently re: blogging and generally anything that isn’t spending 10+ hours a day, 7 days a week at work. Thus, I must apologise for … Continue reading

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Mother of Cities

I’ve said it before, but I’m somewhat obsessed at the moment with the history of the Byzantine Empire. It comes as no surprise then that I’m enamoured of this project: http://byzantium1200.com/index.html Byzantium 1200 is an effort to digitally reconstruct the … Continue reading

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Heir to Greatness: Addendum – Attila to Napoleon

Last week I seemingly concluded this series with a discussion of the Roman Republic/Empire as a possible successor to Alexander the Great’s legacy. And for me, personally, that’s all there is – by the time of the dissolution of the … Continue reading

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Heir to Greatness: Part 8 – The Glories of Eternal Rome

Both the Roman Empire and the Republic that preceded it are quintessential figures in any discussion of conquest. From its origins as a collection of villages on the banks of the Tiber to its fall at the end of the … Continue reading

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Heir to Greatness: Part 7 – Hannibal at the Gates

Hannibal Barca is a name synonymous with military genius. Probably the most famous Carthaginian from a civilisation that lasted for at least five-hundred years, if not longer (the exact date of the foundation of the original colony by Phoenician settlers … Continue reading

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Heir to Greatness: Part 6 – The Last Antigonoids

Tracing their descent from Antigonus Monophthalmus (the “One-Eyed”), one of Alexander the Great’s generals and diadochi, the Antigonoids of Macedon ruled almost the entirety of Greece for over a century. The beginning of the end came in 197BC at the … Continue reading

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