Today in Roman history: Heraclius is crowned emperor (610)

Roman history is an interest that I don’t usually indulge here (with rare exceptions), mostly because “interest” is all it is and I figure you should get something more for your reading time than “Some Guy Writes About Whatever.” But the Roman (Byzantine) Emperor Heraclius (d. 641) is actually an important figure in Islamic history… Continue reading Today in Roman history: Heraclius is crowned emperor (610)

Today in Roman history: Heraclius is crowned emperor (610)

Roman history is an interest that I don’t usually indulge here (with rare exceptions), mostly because “interest” is all it is and I figure you should get something more for your reading time than “Some Guy Writes About Whatever.” But the Roman (Byzantine) Emperor Heraclius (d. 641) is actually an important figure in Islamic history… Continue reading Today in Roman history: Heraclius is crowned emperor (610)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Heliopolis (640)

The Arab conquest of Egypt was probably the first big surprise of the early Islamic period after the Arabs’ initial military successes against the Romans and Persians, for a couple of reasons. First, while Egypt may hold more Arabs than any other country in the world today, in the seventh century it held very few,… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Heliopolis (640)

Today in European history: the Fall of Constantinople (1453)

The Ottomans were not the first Islamic power to threaten the Byzantine Empire, and in fact the empire was by this point in 1453 a hollowed out husk of its former glory. Successive waves of Turkish and Mongol invasions had taken almost all of Anatolia out of Byzantine control, and the Ottomans had by this point… Continue reading Today in European history: the Fall of Constantinople (1453)

Today in Roman history: Heraclius is crowned emperor (610)

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Roman history is an interest that I don’t usually indulge here (with rare exceptions), mostly because “interest” is all it is and I figure you should get something more for your reading time than “Some Guy Writes About Whatever.” But the Roman (Byzantine) Emperor Heraclius…

Today in Middle Eastern/European history: the Fall of Constantinople (1453)

The Fall of Constantinople is one of the great milestones in world history, signifying the end of the last vestiges of the Roman Empire and the true ascendance of the Ottoman Empire as a great world power. For world historians, who generally put a period change around the year 1500, it’s one of the markers… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern/European history: the Fall of Constantinople (1453)

History in horse shit

You’re reading that title and expecting some kind of rant, I can tell. But there’s no rant here, just a pretty cool story. I assume you’ve heard of Hannibal, yes? What? No, not that Hannibal. I’m talking about the other Hanniba- That’s the same Hannibal played by a different actor. Look, do I have to… Continue reading History in horse shit