The series of events that led to the catastrophic battle of Adrianople in 378 A.D. and its important consequences

About the year 372 A.D. the Huns, an enormous Tartar horde from beyond the Don and Volga, burst into the lands north of the Euxine, and began to work their way westward. Continue reading “The series of events that led to the catastrophic battle of Adrianople in 378 A.D. and its important consequences”

The foundation of Constantinople

Constantine, whose victory over his rivals had been secured by his talents as an administrator and a diplomatist no less than by his military skill, was one of those men whose hard practical ability has stamped upon the history of the world a much deeper impress than has been left by many conquerors and legislators of infinitely greater genius. He was a man of that self-contained, self-reliant, unsympathetic type of mind which we recognize in his great predecessor Augustus. Continue reading “The foundation of Constantinople”

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