Tag: A short history of Byzantium

Empress Pulcheria: A woman truly ahead of her time.

  One might wonder what the early fifth century Byzantine world would have been like if Aelia Pulcheria was not […]

Portrait of an Emperor: John VIII Palaiologos.

An Italian Renaissance painter from Florence, by the name of Benozzo Gozzoli, was commissioned to paint a three-walled cycle of […]

A conversation with Byzantine luminary Averil Cameron.

Averil Cameron is one of the leading English-speaking scholars of late antiquity and Byzantium. She has made Byzantium, in particular, […]

Do not forsake us Emperor Jovian: The shameful peace of the year 363 AD.

Despite some small variation, this map of the Roman–Sassanid frontier represents the peace treaty that was arranged between Jovian and […]

The Last Pagan Emperor

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

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 […]

The Peacock, in all its splendour and glory.

The peacock has a long history of being worshipped as a pagan deity or used as a symbol by royalty […]

Byzantium and Europe: Croatia, between a rock and a hard place.

For centuries Byzantium’s influence over the Croats waxed and waned, first beginning in the early seventh century. Heraclius was the […]

My Five Favourite Byzantine Emperors

Imagine yourself sitting in a lecture hall with a small body of students studying Roman history and as a whole […]

Robin Pierson’s Grand Strategy: The history of Byzantium podcast.

About three years ago, when Mike Duncan stopped producing his ‘History of Rome’ podcast, thousands of podcast listeners mourned in […]