Category: A short history of Byzantium

In 476 the Roman Empire fell or rather its western half did. Its eastern half, which we will come to know as the Byzantine Empire would survive and often flourish for over a thousand years.
It is my attempt here to present its story from Roman beginnings to the fall of Constantinople. (I will present it in chronological order beginning with Constantine the Great.) In the words of John Julius Norwich “The luckless historian can only weigh the probabilities and tell his story as best he can.” This is my aim too, to tell you the reader a thousand year story as best as I can.

Some thoughts on the early Church up to the death of Constantine.

“The contagion of this superstition (Christianity) has spread not only to the cities, but also to the villages and even […]

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

By special guest writer Sean Munger. After thirty-one years of a reign marked by endless intrigue, frequent war, religious turmoil […]

St. Helena: Empress and beloved mother of Constantine I

St.Helena is a revered saint amongst Christians around the world, particular the orthodox community, for her tireless work with the […]

Constantine The Builder!

In our modern age, Presidents, Prime Ministers and other leaders who serve in political office often hope that they leave […]

Saint or Sinner?

Constantine, without a doubt in my humble opinion, was a very strange man. Don’t get me wrong, he was an […]

The Nicene Creed

After the whole assembly of Bishops were seated at the first council (of Nicaea) Constantine advised them that he wanted to […]

The First Council of Nicaea.

Just as Constantine had consolidated his power, and the Empire had come together politically, a new deadly heresy threatened to […]

Nova Roma (Constantinople) Part 2

Having chosen the site of Byzantium as his new capital, in a traditional ceremony performed in 324, a line was […]

Nova Roma (Constantinople) Part 1

In around 1000 AD, Constantinople was arguably the greatest city in the Mediterranean world, if not the entire world. Trade, […]

Master of the Universe!

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