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.

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 […]

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 […]

The Vision of Constantine the Great?

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

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 […]

Rediscovering an old Empire.

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

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 […]

The Byzantine Empire Strikes Back !

It’s amazing to think that only some 200 years ago, many historians saw Byzantium and its thousand year history as […]