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2 08, 2017

Early Middle Ages in Europe

By |2019-09-18T07:48:29-07:00August 2nd, 2017|Medieval|2 Comments

Early Middle Ages: Interior of Hagia Sophia When is the Early Middle Ages? The Early Middle Ages comes after the fall of Rome, about 400 AD. But all the way through the Early Middle Ages, European people still thought of themselves as living in the Roman Empire and being Romans. Fall of Rome Early Medieval [...]

2 08, 2017

The Avars – Early Middle Ages

By |2019-02-06T18:24:16-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

Grasslands of Central Asia - the steppe homeland of the Avars Ruled by the Rouran The Avars were a mostly Turkic group of people. We first hear of them living in Central Asia under the rule of the Rouran, in the 400s AD. Who were the Rouran? The Early Middle Ages All our Central Asia articles The Chinese, [...]

2 08, 2017

Nicephorus and Leo – Byzantine history

By |2018-04-15T16:50:55-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

Maybe the skull cup was something like this? Nicephorus deposed the Empress Irene in 802 AD and made himself emperor. He refused to pay tribute to the Islamic caliph, and therefore lost still more Roman territory to the Abbasids. On the other hand, he fought successfully for Greece against the Slavs and Bulgars, and negotiated with Charlemagne to recognize his claim to the [...]

2 08, 2017

Leo to Empress Irene – Byzantine History

By |2017-08-02T09:17:48-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

Leo the Isaurian (ca. 720 AD, Louvre museum, Paris) When Justinian's assassin Philippicus turned out to be a worthless party animal, other Roman officials killed him. In 713 AD the people of Constantinople chose a court official named Anastasius II to be the next emperor. Anastasius (ann-ah-STAYS-yus) was a practical guy, with good ideas - but [...]

2 08, 2017

Constantine IV and Justinian II

By |2019-04-23T04:54:41-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

Mu'awiya on a Sassanian-style coin When was Constantine IV? Constantine IV took over as Roman Emperor when his father Constans II died, in 668 AD. It wasn't a great time to be emperor. Constans II The Early Middle Ages All our medieval Europe articles Abbasids and Bulgars The Abbasids were gradually taking over most of the eastern Roman Empire. [...]

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 [...]