Category: A short history of Byzantium

The Rise of Julian: Caesar in Gaul.

When Julian first took command of his Gallic armies at the end of 355, he was almost twenty-four years of […]

Julian the Apostate

By the end of Constantine’s reign, there were an estimated twenty-four million Christians living in the Roman Empire. These numbers […]

Constantius II, the Byzantine autocrat (Part 2)

The real danger to the Roman empire often came, not from its citizens, nor the Christians, as some would like […]

Constantius II, the Byzantine autocrat (Part 1).

Constantius is arguably the most interesting of the three sons of Constantine I. He lived long enough, unlikely his brothers […]

In the beginning there were 12 Byzantine Rulers: Lars Brownworth speaks candidly about podcasting, Justinian and history.

From humble beginnings, Lars Brownworth’s love for history would in my opinion revolutionize how we learn and in fact even […]

Fishing Byzantine style !!!

Constantinople was a hub of activity with markets and stalls and among these markets was fish produce caught by fishermen. […]

A very short history of Merchants and Trade in Constantinople.

Constantinople was renowned for its merchants and markets from the 5th to the 10th centuries. The city attracted in large […]

Constans: champion of the Trinity or enemy of Gaul ?

Last time we left Constans, he had emerged triumphant against his older brother Constantine II in 340 AD. It may […]

“Instant Karma”!

The solidus of Constans, as pictured above, was probably struck on the occasion of the celebrations of the Quinquennalia of […]

Like Father, Like Son.

  “And close kinsmen as we were, how this most humane Emperor (Constantius) treated us ! Six of my cousins […]