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Tides of War: Byzantium’s Vacillating Imperial Fortunes – Part 5

Heraclius’ Heroes “Khosrau, greatest of Gods, and master of the earth, to Heraclius, his vile and insensate slave. Why do you still refuse to submit to our rule, and call yourself a king? Have I not destroyed the Greeks? You … Continue reading

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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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Procrastination 101

I should be writing about Byzantium’s vacillating Imperial fortunes right now (https://ethanreilly.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/tides-of-war-byzantiums-vacillating-imperial-fortunes-part-1/), but instead I’m watching this: And this: So…yeah! Very interested to see both these sequels when they eventually hit the cinemas sometime later in the year. ‘Sin City’ … 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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Top Ten Reasons Why the Byzantine Empire Was Legendary

I have a particular fascination with the Byzantine Empire, not least because, on the extremely (EXTREMELY!) rare occasion when it comes up in conversation, very few people know what I’m talking about. I like that. I like its obscurity. I … Continue reading

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