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Justinian – Byzantine Reconquest – A later Roman emperor

By |2018-11-13T10:10:43-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Justinian - Byzantine mosaic from Ravenna, Italy (500s AD) Justinian and Theodora The Roman Emperor Justinian took power when his uncle, Justin, died in 527 AD. Before becoming emperor, Justinian married Theodora. That upset a lot of people because she was an actress. Many Roman people thought all actresses were bad women. But in fact Theodora [...]

Where did the Ostrogoths come from?

By |2017-06-27T02:22:03-07:00June 27th, 2017|History, Northern Europe|

Crimea, on the shores of the Black Sea The Ostrogoths, like the Visigoths, were originally Indo-European. We first hear of them when they are living in Poland around 100 BC. Soon after that, some of them, along with their relatives the Visigoths, seem to have decided to migrate to the south, very gradually [...]

Iron Age in northern Europe

By |2019-04-11T12:01:39-07:00June 27th, 2017|History, Northern Europe|

Vix crater: a large bronze jar for mixing wine made in Greece and found in a rich woman's tomb in central France (ca. 500 BC) Settlers arrive from other places About 1000 BC, Greek and Phoenician colonists were settling all around the Mediterranean Sea, and bringing more and more West Asian and Greek [...]

Bronze Age in northern Europe

By |2019-02-24T11:31:42-07:00June 27th, 2017|History, Northern Europe, Where|

Bell beakers (ca. 2000 BC) The Yamnaya invade Europe About 3000 BC, a new wave of Central Asian people migrated west into northern Europe; these were the Indo-Europeans. We  also call them the Yamnaya. More about the Yamnaya The Stone Age in Northern Europe All our Northern Europe articles New stuff from Central [...]

Cleopatra and the Romans in Egypt

By |2019-04-09T10:56:08-07:00June 17th, 2017|Egypt, History, Romans|

Coin of the Egyptian pharaoh Cleopatra  Ptolemies against Romans The Ptolemies, the Greek kings of Egypt, ruled Egypt for 300 years. But by around 50 BC, the Ptolemies were much weaker than the Romans. The Roman leader Julius Caesar started to think maybe the Romans could conquer Egypt. Julius Caesar Who were the [...]

Turks and Timur – Central Asian History

By |2018-04-18T09:53:21-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

The Mongol court (1200s AD) Starting around 300 AD the Indo-Europeans in Central Asia began to lose ground to the Altaic people. The Altaic people divided into the Mongols and the Turks. One mixed group of Mongols and Turks, the Rouran, formed an empire north and west of China (modern Mongolia and Uzbekistan). Their [...]