Tag: A short history of Byzantium

The Rise of Julian: Caesar in Gaul.

When Julian first took command of his Gallic armies at the end of 355, he was almost twenty-four years of […]

Julian the Apostate

By the end of Constantine’s reign, there were an estimated twenty-four million Christians living in the Roman Empire. These numbers […]

Rare Byzantine grape seeds found in Israel has given us hope of a new Negev wine?

In the middle of February this year, a colleague brought to my attention an amazing discovery unearthed in Israel. Immediately […]

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 […]

Fishing Byzantine style !!!

Constantinople was a hub of activity with markets and stalls and among these markets was fish produce caught by fishermen. […]

A very short history of Merchants and Trade in Constantinople.

Constantinople was renowned for its merchants and markets from the 5th to the 10th centuries. The city attracted in large […]

Constans: champion of the Trinity or enemy of Gaul ?

Last time we left Constans, he had emerged triumphant against his older brother Constantine II in 340 AD. It may […]

“Instant Karma”!

The solidus of Constans, as pictured above, was probably struck on the occasion of the celebrations of the Quinquennalia of […]

Like Father, Like Son.

  “And close kinsmen as we were, how this most humane Emperor (Constantius) treated us ! Six of my cousins […]

Some thoughts on the early Church up to the death of Constantine.

“The contagion of this superstition (Christianity) has spread not only to the cities, but also to the villages and even […]