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Our Great Father is Gone: the death of Constantine I.

I was asked to write this post by Robert Horvat, curator of the great History of the Byzantine Empire blog (and the If It Happened Yesterday It’s History blog). It … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

What’s a Byzantine? The problem of what to call an empire.

You may know that in addition to this blog and my “normal” Twitter account, I also run the dedicated history account CryForByzantium. I started that account in 2009 to tweet … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · 5 Comments

Constantine The Builder !

Originally posted on The History of the Byzantine Empire:
(Painting showing a cutaway view of Constantine’s Old St.Peter’s Basilica as it possibly looked in the fourth century. Source Wikipedia Commons)…

April 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Saint or Sinner ?

Originally posted on The History of the Byzantine Empire:
(Orthodox Bulgarian icon of Constantine and St. Helena. Used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Image by Brose.…

March 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth Panorama: Another Byzantine cave church, Cappadocia, Turkey.

This amazing medieval church, dating from the 10th century, is carved from stone in Cappadocia, an ancient Byzantine province. The church is known in Turkish as “Üzümlü Kilise,” or the … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

42 Historical Objects, No. 16: The Harbaville Triptych.

This object is one of the most fabulous treasures of Byzantine art that has survived into the modern world. The Harbaville Triptych is a devotional display with three panels, a … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Photo: four Roman emperors and a power metal fan.

The above photo caught my eye the instant I first saw it on Robert Horvat’s article about the Tetrarchs, because the picture, quite unwittingly, unites two major features of this … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Fab Five Series – Sean Munger’s Version: Dinner with the GenSek, the Sage of Monticello and More

Originally posted on Yesterday Unhinged:
General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev speaking at a news conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1986.Permission via Commons: RIA Novosti This is the fourth part in our…

February 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nova Roma (Constantinople) Part 1

Originally posted on The History of the Byzantine Empire:
(Below is an image of modern day Istanbul with the Golden Horn to the left and the Bosphorus in the foreground.)…

February 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 11: the Sutton Hoo burial helmet.

The “face” of this magnificent helmet is one of the most instantly recognizable faces in medieval history and particularly British history. This is a ceremonial helmet that was found in … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · 3 Comments
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