Category: Byzantium

Aelia Galla Placidia-  Mother of the Western Roman Empire

If we were judging by famous ancestors, Aelia Galla Placidia had collected quite a few plums.  Daughter of Emperor Theodosius I and his second wife, Galla, who was the daughter of Emperor Valentinian I.  Her half brothers were emperors Honorius and Arcadius, and nephew was Theodosius II, emperor in Constantinople.  Her son went on to […]

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FROM CONSTANTINOPLE TO BARBADOS (VIA CORNWALL) -The strange fate of the last Byzantines

On the 29th of May 1453 Constantine XI Palaeologus, last Emperor of the Byzantines, died fighting the Ottoman Turks besieging his capital. With his death, the 1,000 year history of the Eastern Roman Empire came to an end but not all the imperial family perished in the Fall of Constantinople. Some of the surviving Palaeologus […]

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The Founding of Constantinople

Byzantium was an old city. There had been a settlement on the banks of the Bosphorus since the 5th century BCE. Its strategic position guarding the strait from the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea made it an important waterway for trade all the way from Western Europe to Asia.By the time of Constantine […]

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