Heraclius took over the empire in a state of disorder and confusion. It seemed almost impossible to get things into better order, for resources were wanting. Save Africa and Egypt and the district immediately around the capital, all the provinces were overrun by the the Persian, the Avar, and the Slav. The treasury was empty, and the army had almost disappeared owing to repeated and bloody defeats in Asia Minor. Continue reading “The “New Scipio”; Emperor Heraclius leads his troops further east than any Roman general had ever penetrated – The Nemesis of Chosroes’ blasphemous vanity”
The Persian war was exhausting, but successful: on the northern frontier, however, the Roman army had been faring far worse, and serious losses of territory were beginning to take place. Continue reading “Avaro-Slav invaders (6th c. AD) almost exterminated the Roman population over the greater part of the country north of the Balkans – The tragic end of Emperor Maurice”
Heraclius, a very gifted and active emperor, seemed practically a model ruler after the tyrannical Phocas. Continue reading “Roman Emperor Heraclius: a medieval “Alexander the Great””
By Dr Charles Kadlec, Professor of Slavonic Law at the Charles University of Prague.
“While the Germans impressed their characteristic stamp on both the medieval and modern history of Western Europe, it was reserved for the Eastern Slavs, the Russians, to build a great empire on the borderlands of Europe and Asia. Continue reading “The (Eastern) Roman Empire and its northern neighbours (Alans, Goths, Huns, Bulgars, Avars, Turks)”
In this article we present selected scenes from Eastern Roman History. We put a magnifying glass on it, in an attempt to explain historical facts at a greater depth. Continue reading “Avars, Slavs, Lombards, Franks and a series of devastations for the Eastern Roman (‘Byzantine’) Empire”
Greece: The Avaro-Slav invasions of, or raids into, the Balkan peninsula and Greece in the years 578-588 are recorded by several late sources: Michael Syrus (the Jacobite patriarch, d. 1199) and the Chronicle of Monemvasia. Continue reading “The Avaro-Slav invasion of the Balkans”