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The Visigoths sack Rome – the fall of Rome

By |2019-06-04T04:53:04-07:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|

Fall of Rome: A gold coin of the Roman empress Eudoxia, Arcadius' wife and the ruler of the Roman Empire Honorius and Arcadius When Theodosius died in 395 AD, he left the Roman Empire to his two sons, Honorius and Arcadius. Honorius took the West and Arcadius the East. Who was Theodosius?  Short Roman history All [...]

Roman pottery – Ancient Rome

By |2018-10-12T09:00:10-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

Campanian pottery from southern Italy Roman pottery used molds Roman pottery began with Etruscan-style pottery, but soon developed a tradition of its own. What was Etruscan pottery like? More Ancient Rome articles In general, potters in Italy tended to make their pots all one color. They didn't paint pictures on them the way potters did in Greece. Instead [...]

Donatists – Christianity – history of religion

By |2019-05-15T07:42:16-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, Romans|

The Roman emperor Constantine - the first Christian emperor - had to deal with the Donatists When did the Donatists get started? Almost as soon as Constantine had won the battle of the Milvian Bridge and been converted to Christianity, in the winter of 313 AD, he began to get letters from Africa about the Donatists. [...]

Augustine of Hippo – Christianity and the fall of Rome

By |2019-02-06T07:25:58-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, Romans|

The Roman theater at Thagaste (Souk Ahras), in Algeria, where Augustine of Hippo grew up. Where was Augustine from? Augustine of Hippo was born in a small town in North Africa (Thagaste, not Hippo) in the mid-300s AD. His mother was a Christian, and she raised Augustine as a Christian. But Augustine's father followed [...]

Early Middle Ages in Europe

By |2019-05-20T06:36:34-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

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 [...]

The Vandals – Early Middle Ages

By |2017-09-03T15:11:45-07:00August 2nd, 2017|Africa, History, Medieval|

The Rhine river, frozen over The Vandals first entered the collapsing Roman Empire from Germany in the winter of 409 AD. They crossed the frozen Rhine river with a group of Alans and Sueves. The Vandals were taking advantage of a rebellion within the Empire that kept the Romans from defending themselves well. The Vandals (with the Alans and [...]

Arcadius to Justin – Byzantine History

By |2019-01-30T16:30:56-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

The Roman emperor Arcadius Honorius and Arcadius After the death of Theodosius in 395 AD, the empire fell to his sons, the west to Honorius and the east to Arcadius. Arcadius left all the work to his adviser Ricimer, who seems to have been the one to make the fateful decision that he could not successfully defend the [...]

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 [...]