Tag: 4th century

A short history of Byzantium: No. 25 Emperor Valens: A reign under siege!

Valens was beset by serious problems from the moment he was first appointed by his older brother Valentinian, to rule […]

Valentinian I: The last of the triumphant Roman emperors in the west.

Valentinian is sometimes described as a brooding and violent man.  Ammianus Marcellinus, in particular, does not mince his words describing […]

A short history of Byzantium: No. 24 Brothers in power, migration and pending disaster!

The events of the second half of the fourth century are some of the most dramatic in the annals of […]

A short history of Byzantium: No. 22 The Last Pagan Emperor

Julian is such an interesting character that it is impossible to ignore him, even though some tend to treat him […]

A short history of Byzantium: No. 21 They raised him on their shields in a moment of great happiness and triumph!

The astounding success of Julian’s rise in five short years, from a bookworm to Caesar, was genuinely celebrated by his […]

A short history of Byzantium: No. 18 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 […]

A short history of Byzantium: No. 17 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 […]

A short history of Byzantium: No.7 Nova Roma (Constantinople).

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

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 […]