Upgraded to PhD Candidate at Cardiff University!

This blog will not be a full post as I am currently tied down with a lot of extra-work at the moment. Nonetheless, I did want to let everyone know that I have officially been upgraded in status from a PhD student to a PhD Candidate. Furthermore, next week’s blog post will cover what myContinue reading “Upgraded to PhD Candidate at Cardiff University!”

East Rome and Sasanian Persia: Were they Natural Rivals?

A few years ago, I was a guest speaker on a podcast titled Antiquity in Question. We spoke on whether East Rome and the Sasanian Persians were natural rivals. This episode was based on an extended essay I undertook during my masters at the University of Oxford. The episode is there to provide an insightContinue reading “East Rome and Sasanian Persia: Were they Natural Rivals?”

Bahram Chobin’s Revolt (AD 590-1): Depictions of Death by Elephant

Being killed by an elephant might seem to be a horrible death and, indeed, it was! Throughout Southeast Asia and India, it was a common method of capital punishment, however, its use was also extended to the Roman and Sasanian geographical sphere. During my research, I have come across a couple of instances in whichContinue reading “Bahram Chobin’s Revolt (AD 590-1): Depictions of Death by Elephant”

Getting Started with the Sasanian Empire

“In this world my treasure is justice, and the world prospers through my efforts and good fortune…From end to end the world is in my keeping, and my way is the path of justice. No one, whether he be a slave or a free man, must sleep uneasily because of my subordinates, or captains, orContinue reading “Getting Started with the Sasanian Empire”

Article Published! Reconstructing the Narrative: The Usurpation of Nikephoros Bryennios the Elder

This is a short update to let readers know that I have recently published an academic article. The best news is… it is open access! So everyone is welcome to read it and it can be accessed at the link below. Abstract This paper traces the usurpation of Nikephoros Bryennios the elder, 1077/8 AD, byContinue reading “Article Published! Reconstructing the Narrative: The Usurpation of Nikephoros Bryennios the Elder”

Why Focus on the Late Antique and Byzantine World?

‘Byzantium is often absent – Either, it is completely absent or half there – half not.’ Paraphrased from Averil Cameron’s ‘Byzantine Matters’ (2014). The blog’s main purpose is to increase accessibility to the Late Antique and ‘Byzantine’ World. The world of ‘Byzantium’ is often overshadowed by its western European counterparts. Within the media and entertainmentContinue reading “Why Focus on the Late Antique and Byzantine World?”

A-Level Results are not the End of the Road for Individual Success: A Personal Story

The key to success is making the most of the opportunities that arise and remembering YOU are important – not your grades! Sean Strong 18.03.20. Between 2012 and 2014, I did my A-Levels and I wanted to drop out. Fast-forward to the summer of 2014 and I had got through them. At school, I wantedContinue reading “A-Level Results are not the End of the Road for Individual Success: A Personal Story”