Nyctalopia in antiquity: a review of the ancient Greek, Latin, and Byzantine literature

Here we present the ‘Abstract‘ of the corresponding paper by Brouzas D, Charakidas A, Vasilakis M, Nikakis P, Chatzoulis D. Continue reading “Nyctalopia in antiquity: a review of the ancient Greek, Latin, and Byzantine literature”

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The battle of Yarmuk and the loss of Syria to the Muslims – One of the most bitter events in Roman History

“After Heraclius smashed the Persian army and Emperor Chosroes was killed, he set up a program to rebuild Persia as a friendly but independent nation. Chosroes successor, Siroes was paranoid that another member of the royal family would usurp his new crown and so murdered all his competition. It was to no avail as “Siroes himself was murdered after a reign of only eight months. This sent Persia into another crises since all the male members of the royal family had been put to death, no legitimate successor to the Crown could be found”. Continue reading “The battle of Yarmuk and the loss of Syria to the Muslims – One of the most bitter events in Roman History”

The first encounter between Roman and Muslim forces (7th century AD) – Motivation & Tactics of the Muslim side

“After the consolidation of the tribes in the Arabian Peninsula, Mohammad determined to unite all the Arab speaking people under the banner of Islam. In 629, he began sending exploratory forces into Syria and Iraq to offer a stick or a carrot to the large contingents of Arabs in those areas. Continue reading “The first encounter between Roman and Muslim forces (7th century AD) – Motivation & Tactics of the Muslim side”

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