Category: History

Coffee and the Ottoman coffeehouse (a brief history of…)

Coffee today, easily ranks in the top ten most traded commodities in the world. It sits comfortable amongst natural gas, […]

Roman Road Building 101

The Appian Way? No, just my garden path. Over the past few weeks I have (weather permitting) been building my […]

Marcus Aurelius: Emperor, General & Philosopher.

In his ‘Meditations’, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus simply wrote or described himself as ‘a male, mature in years, a statesman, a […]

Hollywood’s Darling meets Soviet Premier

On the 19th September 1959, Marilyn Monroe was preparing to meet the Soviet premier Nikita Krushchev, while camped out in […]

The Napoleonic Expedition to Egypt.

The French were among the earliest modern explorers to “rediscover” the great monuments of the Ancient Egyptians. The King of […]

“Ask me anything you like. But I warn you, I’m not a Byzantinist …” – John Julius Norwich.

This featured article had originally intended to highlight a collection of history books that bloggers or enthusiasts would find interesting […]

Bank Siege at Kredibanken and the Stockholm Syndrome

Forty years ago, on August 23rd, 1973, after four people were taken hostage by a bank robber in a Stockholm […]

Sinkholes (a brief history of…)

Could there be anything more dramatic than the ground opening up and swallowing entire dwellings, buildings, cars roads, animals and […]

Greeks, Romans and Asbestos (a brief history of…)

Our earliest records of the use of asbestos dates back around 3,000 years ago in the lands around Scandinavia. Archeologists […]

Evagrius Ponticus and the Eight Logismoi

It is difficult for us to appreciate the intricacies of the Byzantine state, without sometimes looking at the simple lives […]