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20 09, 2017

Mercenaries and military history

By |2018-04-20T08:25:06-07:00September 20th, 2017|War|0 Comments

Nubian archers in the Middle Kingdom (from the Nubian museum in Aswan, Egypt). About 2000 BC. Mercenaries (MURR-sinn-air-eez) are paid volunteer soldiers: they are soldiers who are fighting as a job, not in order to save their country or for the glory of God. They only fight if they are paid, or for the [...]

5 09, 2017

Roman army from the Republic to the fall of Rome

By |2019-03-22T08:39:21-07:00September 5th, 2017|Romans, War|0 Comments

Testudo formation on the Column of Trajan, Rome What did the Roman army do? The Roman army fought many wars over the long history of the Roman Empire. For hundreds of years they won pretty much all of their wars. In the early days of the Roman Republic, they beat the Etruscans. Then they beat [...]

3 09, 2017

Roman empire – ancient Rome

By |2018-04-25T09:54:55-07:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|0 Comments

The Roman emperor Augustus As the Romans were conquering the whole Mediterranean, the rich men who were running the government got richer and richer - very very rich. They began fighting each other to rule the new empire. By 30 BC one man - Augustus - was ruling the Roman Empire. After Augustus died, his relatives inherited his throne. [...]

3 09, 2017

The Visigoths sack Rome – the fall of Rome

By |2019-06-04T04:53:04-07:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|2 Comments

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 [...]

22 08, 2017

Gregory the Great – Early medieval Italy

By |2019-07-25T10:55:59-07:00August 22nd, 2017|Medieval, Religion|0 Comments

Pope Gregory the Great writing, carved near Strasbourg, about 875 AD. That's under Charlemagne's grandchildren. The Holy Spirit (in the form of a dove) sits on his shoulder and dictates to him. The elephant ivory is probably from Kenya. (Now in Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum) Who was Gregory the Great? Gregory was Pope in Rome beginning [...]

21 08, 2017

Augustine of Hippo – Christianity and the fall of Rome

By |2019-02-06T07:25:58-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

Who were the Visigoths? Early Middle Ages

By |2019-09-17T11:35:48-07:00August 2nd, 2017|Medieval|2 Comments

Gold coin minted by King Euric,with the name of the Roman Emperor on it The Visigoths established a kingdom for themselves within the collapsing Roman Empire in 418 AD. They took over most of south-western France (Aquitaine), a very fertile area where many Romans lived. The Visigoths at first acted more or less as representatives of the Roman government. They [...]

2 08, 2017

The Vandals – Early Middle Ages

By |2017-09-03T15:11:45-07:00August 2nd, 2017|Africa, History, Medieval|0 Comments

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 [...]