Flavius Belisarius: The African campaign – The first Italian campaign

After the Persians had drawn back, foiled in their attempt to conquer Mesopotamia, and after the suppression of the “Nika” sedition had cowed the unruly populace of Constantinople, Justinian found himself at last free, and was able to take in hand his great scheme for the reconquest of the lost provinces of the empire. Continue reading “Flavius Belisarius: The African campaign – The first Italian campaign”

Only the…sight of a few Roman ships averted the conquest of Illyria by Philip V of Macedonia!

During the winter (Note: of 216 B.C.) Philip took into consideration that for his enterprise he would require ships and crews to man them, not it is true with the idea of fighting at sea for he never thought he would be capable of offering battle to the Roman fleet but to transport his troops, land where he wished, and take the enemy by surprise. Continue reading “Only the…sight of a few Roman ships averted the conquest of Illyria by Philip V of Macedonia!”

The Peace of Naupactus (217 BC) – The speech of Agelaus of Naupactus to Philip V, King of Macedonia

“It would be best of all if the Greeks never made war on each other, but regarded it as the highest favour in the gift of the gods could they speak ever with one heart and voice, and marching arm in arm like men fording a river, repel barbarian invaders and unite in preserving themselves and their cities. Continue reading “The Peace of Naupactus (217 BC) – The speech of Agelaus of Naupactus to Philip V, King of Macedonia”

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