From the mid 370’s a frightening new nomadic force arrive out of Asia and into eastern Europe. These warrior people […]
Valens was beset by serious problems from the moment he was first appointed by his older brother Valentinian, to rule […]
Valentinian is sometimes described as a brooding and violent man. Ammianus Marcellinus, in particular, does not mince his words describing […]
The events of the second half of the fourth century are some of the most dramatic in the annals of […]
A short history of Byzantium: No. 23 Do not forsake us Emperor Jovian: The shameful peace of the year 363 AD.
We first fleetingly hear of Jovian, in Ammianus Marcellinus narrative in the year 361AD just after Constantius’ death. He was […]
Julian is such an interesting character that it is impossible to ignore him, even though some tend to treat him […]
A short history of Byzantium: No. 21 They raised him on their shields in a moment of great happiness and triumph!
The astounding success of Julian’s rise in five short years, from a bookworm to Caesar, was genuinely celebrated by his […]
About three years ago, when Mike Duncan stopped producing his ‘History of Rome’ podcast, thousands of podcast listeners mourned in […]