Tag: Roman History

Constantine: Prelude to Greatness

In a relatively short period of time, Constantine the Great took two decisions that changed and/or reshaped the Mediterranean, and […]

Over a thousand years of glory, but where does it actually begin?

I often wonder how do we pinpoint the beginning of the Byzantine Empire? There are so many identifiable dates or […]

Rediscovering an old Empire.

There are individuals and groups of communities that argue that there is no such thing as the Byzantine Empire. To […]

Bone Sewing Needles (a brief history of…)

The humble sewing needle needs no introduction. Everyone has likely seen one used or has used one to sew that […]

The ‘Capitoline Vision’ of Edward Gibbon.

On the 15th October 1764, Edward Gibbon observed a group of friars singing in the ruins of the Temple of […]

Roman Road Building 101

The Appian Way? No, just my garden path. Over the past few weeks I have (weather permitting) been building my […]

Marcus Aurelius: Emperor, General & Philosopher.

In his ‘Meditations’, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus simply wrote or described himself as ‘a male, mature in years, a statesman, a […]

Greeks, Romans and Asbestos (a brief history of…)

Our earliest records of the use of asbestos dates back around 3,000 years ago in the lands around Scandinavia. Archeologists […]

The Great Fire of Rome

During the night of July 18, 64 AD, a fire had broke out in the merchant area of the city. […]