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Temple of Castor and Pollux – Roman forum

By |2018-04-24T23:44:28+00:00August 28th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

These three columns are what is left of the Roman temple of Castor and Pollux in the Forum The Temple of Castor and Pollux is at one end of the Roman forum, near the Arch of Septimius Severus. During the battle of Lake Regillus against the Etruscans, in 496 BC, some people said they had seen the [...]

Heraclius – Byzantine Empire

By |2018-04-24T08:13:16+00:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Justin II (on a gold coin) After Justinian died in 565 AD, Justin II became the next Roman Emperor. But Justin and his successors could not hold the great empire Justinian had reassembled. It was too expensive to pay for all those soldiers and ships. In 568 AD, the Lombards invaded Italy and took half of it away from Rome. Justin, [...]

Hagia Sophia – Istanbul

By |2017-07-30T22:50:32+00:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (500s AD) The Roman emperor Constantius II built a big church next to the imperial palace in Constantinople (now Istanbul) in the 300s AD. But people burned it down in riots in 404. Pulcheria soon had the church rebuilt. But rioters burned it down again during the Nike Riots of 532. So the emperor Justinian needed to rebuild [...]

Roman Corinth and St. Paul

By |2017-07-06T23:10:42+00:00July 6th, 2017|Government, Greeks, History|

The Temple of Octavia in Corinth, dedicated to the sister of the emperor Augustus After the Macedonians conquered Corinth in 338 BC, Corinth was not as powerful as it had been before. But Corinth was still an important port during the Hellenistic period. When the Romans conquered Greece in the 100s BC, they [...]