Monthly Archives: August 2019

MANZIKERT: BYZANTIUM’S “TERRIBLE DAY”

On an arid upland valley in Armenia, one hot August day in 1071, the Roman/Byzantine army marched out of camp to battle the forces of the Turkish Sultan, Alp Arslan. There, near the town of Manzikert, the course of medieval … Continue reading

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BLOOD IN THE DUST: CANNAE, HANNIBAL’S MASTERPIECE

  On the morning of August 2, 216 B.C.,  the largest Roman army ever assembled during the Second Punic War prepared for a decisive battle on the dusty plain of Cannae in southeastern Italy. The battle that followed would rock … Continue reading

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