All posts by Robert Horvat

Robert Horvat is a Melbourne based blogger. He believes that the world is round and that art is one of our most important treasures. He has seen far too many classic films and believes coffee runs through his veins. As a student of history, he favours ancient and medieval history. Music pretty much rules his life and inspires his moods. Favourite artists include The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Garbage and Lana Del Rey.

Over a thousand years of glory, but where does it actually begin?

I often wonder how do we pinpoint the beginning of the Byzantine Empire? There are so many identifiable dates or […]

Nebuchadnezzar’s Etemenanki ziggurat (Tower of Babel).

Nebuchadnezzar II (604-562 BC) was a king of the short lived Neo Babylonian Empire in Mesopotamia (the region that roughly […]

Rediscovering an old Empire.

There are individuals and groups of communities that argue that there is no such thing as the Byzantine Empire. To […]

Christmas Day, Rome, 800 AD

In the great basilica of St. Peter’s, Rome, Pope Leo III celebrated mass. It was meant to be like any […]

Van Gogh’s Ear

Vincent Van Gogh is as famous for his painting, a career that spanned just ten years only, in which he […]

Hawaii’s Gift to the World- The Ukulele.

The ukulele is one of music’s most wonderful and simplest instruments to play. Its innate modesty as an instrument is […]

“Nobody told me there’d be days like these…” Remembering John Lennon.

John Lennon was fatally shot by Mark Chapman at the entryway of his The Dakota home, in New York City, on […]

Sean Munger’s Five Favorite Byzantine Emperors

By special guest writer by Sean Munger .  Over the course of Byzantine history, which lasted more than 1100 years, the […]

Napoleon and Josephine, Love Letters and Angst!

Most people have undoubtedly expressed their love for someone in their life. Sometimes love is out of reach, but often […]

The Big Bang Theory (a brief history of…)

Questions about human history and the origins of the universe has puzzled us for thousands of years. The answer to […]