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.

A short history of Byzantium: No. 6 Master of the Universe!

For quite some time, the boorish Maximinus Daia stylised himself in the vain of Augustus in the Asiatic east. He […]

Soap (a brief history of…)

A reader once asked me how on earth do I pick some of the quirky topics I choose to write […]

Stunning Byzantine mosaic unearthed in southern Israel.

This is a small section of the stunning Byzantine mosaic discovered near Aluma, Israel.  Occasionally I will deviate from the […]

A short history of Byzantium: No. 5 Constantine, Licinius and the decisions made in Milan. What’s it all about ?

A strategic pause following the battle of the Milvian Bridge, enabled Constantine and his two remaining colleagues time to reassess […]

A short history of Byzantium: No. 4 The Battle of the Milvian Bridge.

On the 28th October 312AD, Constantine The Great “faced off” with Maxentius in what became known as the Battle of […]

A short history of Byzantium: No. 3 The Vision of Constantine the Great.

What are we to believe of the amazing vision of Constantine I on the eve of his battle with Maxentius […]

A short history of Byzantium: No. 2 Constantine: Prelude to Greatness

In a relatively short period of time, Constantine the Great took two decisions that changed and/or reshaped the Mediterranean, and […]

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 […]

A short history of Byzantium: No.1 Rediscovering an old Empire.

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