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The Pantheon – Roman Architecture – Ancient Rome

By | 2018-01-01T11:27:59+00:00 August 27th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

Hadrian's Pantheon from the outside. Built in Rome, around 120 AD. Who built the Roman Pantheon? In the time of the Roman Emperor Augustus, about 10 BC, one of his generals, a man named Agrippa, built a temple in the middle of downtown Rome "to all the gods". A temple to all the gods is a Pantheon, which [...]

Heraclius – Byzantine Empire

By | 2017-10-17T23:13:53+00:00 August 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. By [...]

Basil, Zoe, and the Armenian Dynasty

By | 2017-08-01T16:42:13+00:00 August 1st, 2017|History, Medieval|

Basil I (867-886 AD) Basil killed Bardas and took over as Roman Emperor in 867 AD. 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.) Basil continued basically the same policies as Bardas had. He was nice to the Bulgars [...]