Tag: Roman History

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 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 […]

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 […]

Pompeii’s controversial amphitheatre

In an article I wrote towards the end of last year on the lost cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, I […]

Celebrating St. Nicholas: the Story of the Three Condemned Innocents.

The reign of Constantine The Great was not always stable. Borders had to be protected, laws enforced and if unrest […]

Amongst the ruins of Isca Augusta you may just find Adrian Goldsworthy.

The Isca Augusta was once a Roman legionary fortress and settlement. Why is it that over the centuries historians, from […]

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 […]

Like Father, Like Son.

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