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2 08, 2017

Theodora and Bardas – Byzantine History

By |2018-04-21T13:19:57-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

Empress Theodora on a gold coin, with her son and daughter on the other side. With Theophilus dead, in 842 AD the Empire again had a woman in charge. The empress Theodora, at 27, became regent for her two-year-old son, Michael. Theodora was an iconodule. She allowed artists to make icons again. But she was smarter than Irene, and [...]

1 08, 2017

Basil, Zoe, and the Armenian Dynasty

By |2019-02-11T05:19:54-07:00August 1st, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

Basil starts the Armenian Dynasty In 867 AD, Basil killed Bardas and took over as Roman Emperor. That started the Armenian Dynasty. People call it that because of Basil's Armenian ancestors. (Sometimes people call it the Macedonian Dynasty because Basil was born in Macedon.) More about Bardas High Middle Ages All our medieval Europe articles Basil's foreign policy Basil continued [...]

11 06, 2017

Herb garden project – History of herbs

By |2019-07-02T08:23:38-07:00June 11th, 2017|Food|0 Comments

Herb garden project: Basil growing in a garden Grow what you eat Herbs are easy to grow, and can give you a sense of what people ate in antiquity and how they got their food. An herb garden project can be done at ground level, but for more accessibility consider a raised bed [...]