Tag: Ancient History

The Great Persecution

The first truly organised persecution of Christians came after the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD under the Emperor […]

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 […]

The 1,700 year old Roman and Byzantine-era mosaics of Lod.

The construction and modernization of Israeli infrastructure across fields, suburban blocks, highways and streets has seen an unprecedented wave of […]

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 […]

Brothers in power, migration and pending disaster!

This is the reverse of a solidus minted by Valens, which depicts Valens and his older brother Valentinian, seated on […]

War Horse Part 4: The Persians

The rise of the Achaemenid or Persian Empire in the sixth century BC was swift, arguably due to the endeavours […]

A rare Byzantine Egyptian streetscape on show in Kiryat Gat, Israel.

  A very rare Egyptian streetscape mosaic in the Kiryat Gat Industrial Park, in Israel, will be open to the […]

The Maccabees, a long-lost tomb and that curious Byzantine mosaic cross that adorns it.

Over the past few days I have been reading reports about what could quite possibly be the rediscovery of the […]

Rediscovering History’s First Weapons.

Archeology has given us an insight into our violent past. We have discovered that the first humans, in the period […]

War Horse Part 3: The Assyrians

Legend states that the Assyrians were often, if not always, ruled by cruel kings. Their empire grew out of a state […]