Book Review: Ilkka Syvanne, ‘Military History of Rome, 518-565’ (2021)

Book Review: Syvanne, Ilkka, ‘Military History of Late Rome 518–565’ (Pen and Sword Military, 2021). £30.00 First, I would like to thank Pen and Sword for sending me a review copy of this book. In my fault, I was not able to review it at the time of arrival because I was in England visitingContinue reading “Book Review: Ilkka Syvanne, ‘Military History of Rome, 518-565’ (2021)”

Becoming Šāhanšāh in Ērānshahr: Visual and Literary Evidence for Sasanian Investiture Rituals in the Late Sixth Century AD

During the last two days, I’ve attended this years iteration of the AMPAH (Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient History), which was hosted by the University of Exeter. There were many great papers delivered throughout the course of the two-day conference and I was fortunate to also present my research on Sasanian investiture rituals. MyContinue reading “Becoming Šāhanšāh in Ērānshahr: Visual and Literary Evidence for Sasanian Investiture Rituals in the Late Sixth Century AD”

The Romans and Sasanians March to the IMC in July 2021

For centuries the Roman and the Sasanian Empires battled it out in the Near East for ideological and physical dominance. Frontiers expanded and retracted, with the two powers continuously interacting with one another throughout the third to seventh century. But what were the political, and by extension diplomatic, military, geographic, and gendered climates that theseContinue reading “The Romans and Sasanians March to the IMC in July 2021”

Getting to Know my PhD Research

I’ve recently been on a break from writing blog posts because my PhD research has taken off and therefore, I needed to give it my ultimate priority. Nevertheless, I hope to come back to this blog for sporadic posts about a variety of topics from PhD advice and insights into Late Antique and Medieval RomanContinue reading “Getting to Know my PhD Research”

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?”