I answer questions on Quora as someone who understands Ancient History. It’s been an interesting experience, because the readers over there are less knowledgeable about the subject matter than the people that come here. They also have different agendas.
I have just completed an Audio Tour of the Roman Forum in conjunction with Voicemap, a company that offers audio tours of cities and famous places. The concept is interesting. You play the tour on your phone and the app uses GPS to know when to start and stop the narrative based on your location.1
Almost everyone knows the story of the death of Julius Caesar, as Shakespeare has reminded us. He was assassinated on the Ides of March 44 BC by a group of disgruntled Senators who believed him to be on a path to become dictator and destroy the Republic.1
On the eve of the Ides of March we start with a cartoon -- Caesar with a contemporary twist.
My thanks to Guido Giuntini for allowing me to use this.
Does everyone know the details of Caesar’s death? Perhaps a review would be helpful.
I decided to interrupt my series on the Byzantine Empire to write a piece about the current political climate in the United States. Not in my lifetime has there been such a state of confusion in American politics, so I’d like to try and ease people’s minds using ancient history as a context.8
The next chapter in the history of the Byzantine Empire features two emperors, Heraclius and Constans. Their ability to survive an onslaught of wars that would have brought down many an empire would solidify the Byzantine model for centuries to come.6
The title of my last post included dates representing the time interval for the setup of the eastern empire and its separation from the west.2
This morning the one millionth visitor accessed my site, marking an exciting milestone.
I'd like to take a moment to thank all my readers for their interest, comments, and suggestions.
The Byzantine Empire is one of the more important cultures of the pre-modern era, surviving for eleven hundred years after its creation out of the collapsing Roman Empire.1