Category Archives: History

Event: AD 312 Constantine’s Victory at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge – British Museum, 3 November 2012

This sounds like a cracker! The Roman Society and the Association for Roman Archaeology will mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge with a series of four lectures exploring the significance and legacy of the battle, the … Continue reading

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In Bulgaria, Roman Grandeur East of Italy

The Balkans define the meeting of East and West, between what we know as the Western Roman Empire and the so-called Byzantine Empire. The fault line of history and different religious orthodoxies, A true melting pot of cultures which has … Continue reading

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On the anniversary of the critical battle of Manzikert

On hearing of the approach of a large Byzantine army, the Tukish ruler raised his siege of Aleppo and marched into Anatolia to fight the advancing forces. by Niki Gamm ISTANBUL from Hürriyet Daily News The Seljuk Turks first entered … Continue reading

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Underground cells Ottoman Dungeons

The Anemas Dungeon is more like a prison than a dungeon and was built in Byzantine times to house prisoners who had unsuccessfully revolted against the Byzantine emperor. It is part of the land walls on the west side of … Continue reading

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The Nicene Creed

The  Nicene Creed has been the common expression of Christian faith for over 1,600 years. Despite some disputes between the church in east and west, the Creed remains something that binds all Christians. Over this holy period of Easter when … Continue reading

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Byzantium and Islam Age of Transition March 14–July 8, 2012

This new exhibition in New Yorks’ Metropolitan Museum looks like it will be a cracker. If you are in the city over the next few months do visit and tell us what you think. From the Met’s site …. The … Continue reading

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Transition to Christianity, Onassis Cultural Center, New York City

An insightful art exhibition at the Onassis Cultural Center in New York City is providing answers to one of the central mysteries of Western civilization. How did Christianity evolve from a persecuted religious sect under the Roman Empire into a … Continue reading

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Byzantine Prayer Box Found in Jerusalem Dig

 The miniature box adorned with cross dates from 6-7 century AD. It contains two icons surrounded by gold leaf. By Gil Ronen First Published in IsraelNationalNews.com 27 Oct 2011 Archaeologists in Jerusalem discovered a miniature Christian prayer box that dates … Continue reading

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Qsar-Libya a Byzantine oasis in the Libyan desert

These mosaics are from the sixth century. Some lovely pictures from the ancient church of  Qsar-Libya. (the ancient city of Theodoureas). The city was rebuilt by Justinian in the name of his wife Theodora. The curious thing about this archaeological … Continue reading

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Temple of the ‘Bride of the Desert’

Each night at sunset, the “bride of the desert,” as she has been known for centuries, gets dressed for her wedding. In those last moments of daylight, she dons a robe of stunning colors—the buttery yellow of her limestone columns … Continue reading

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Caliph Harun Al-Rashid Era – A Golden Age of Islamic Civilization

I found this very interesting and adding to the context of the 19th Annual Runciman lecture by by Professor Robert Hillenbrand on the subject  of “Byzantine Architecture reconfigured in early Islamic Syria”  By Nazeer Ahmed First published in OnIslam.net 9 … Continue reading

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Hungary celebrates 555 years of decisive victory over Turks

Hungary is celebrating a decisive victory over the Ottoman Empire more than 500 years ago, which is still remembered in Catholic countries by the ringing of church bells after the Turks had captured Constantinople. from Digital Journal The Hungarian Parliament … Continue reading

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Bulgarian Archaeologists Uncover Major Church Built by Byzantium’s Last Emperors

Bulgarian archaeologists have unearthed the main church of a 14th century Byzantine monastery built by the last dynasty of the Eastern Roman Empire located in the Black Sea town of Sozopol. First published in Novinte.com, 7 July 2011 The team … Continue reading

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Archaeologists unearth Acre church from the Byzantine Period

Discovery of public structure in north Israel city is breakthrough, first time Christian structure has been unearthed in Acre, a city said to have been highly influential in early years of Christianity. From Haaretz.com The Israel Antiquities Authority has had … Continue reading

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Days that live in Infamy: The Fall of Constantinople

Faced with the certainty of death it is said that experienced soldiers are ready to make that last leap into the fray, knowing that they have only one fate. A man schooled in princely duties such as Constantine XI Dragases … Continue reading

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