Wulfilas and the conversion of Goths to Arianism

Towards the middle of the fourth century a great warrior arose among the Ostrogoths, by the name Hermanric, who seems to have created a Gothic empire which lasted for a few years and secured him a place in Teutonic legend. Continue reading “Wulfilas and the conversion of Goths to Arianism”

Byzantine Christianity and the Magyars in the period of their migration

“In his account of the military organization of the Turks (= Magyars), the Byzantine Emperor Leo the Sage repeatedly compares the Magyars with the Bulgarians, and in doing so emphasises that the customs of the Magyars differed from those of the Bulgarians only in so far as the latter had embraced the Christian religion and, adapting themselves to Byzantine morals, had abandoned both their savage and nomadic characteristics and their paganism.’ Continue reading “Byzantine Christianity and the Magyars in the period of their migration”

Constantine the Great and the significance of his reign

The cultural and religious crisis through which the Roman Empire was passing in the fourth century is one of the most significant events in the history of the world. The old pagan culture came into collision with Christianity, which received official recognition during the reign of Constantine at the beginning of the fourth century and was declared the dominant State religion by Theodosius the Great at the end of that same century. Continue reading “Constantine the Great and the significance of his reign”

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