Soap (a brief history of…)

A reader once asked me how on earth do I pick some of the quirky topics I choose to write […]

Stunning Byzantine mosaic unearthed in southern Israel.

This is a small section of the stunning Byzantine mosaic discovered near Aluma, Israel.  Occasionally I will deviate from the […]

A short history of Byzantium: No. 5 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 […]

A short history of Byzantium: No. 4 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 […]

A short history of Byzantium: No. 3 The Vision of Constantine the Great.

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

A short history of Byzantium: No. 2 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 […]

Nebuchadnezzar’s Etemenanki ziggurat (Tower of Babel).

Nebuchadnezzar II (604-562 BC) was a king of the short lived Neo Babylonian Empire in Mesopotamia (the region that roughly […]

A short history of Byzantium: No.1 Rediscovering an old Empire.

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

Christmas Day, Rome, 800 AD

In the great basilica of St. Peter’s, Rome, Pope Leo III celebrated mass. It was meant to be like any […]