Tag: Late Antiquity

Tureta: The fortress of Emperor Justinian?

The fortress of Tureta on the Konati Islands, located on the northern stretches of Dalmatia, south of Zadar and west […]

The Coming of the Huns!

By special guest writer Joseph Kaminski Ah, the Huns! In history, we often recall the civilized empires that brought upon the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]