History & Archaeology

Charles Martel at Strasbourg Cathedral (source: wikimedia)
Europe Travel, History & Archaeology

Why You Should Know What Happened on October 10, 732

October 10, 732 It looks weird when you see the date in front of you. October 10th, 732 (1,284 years ago). Does that date mean anything to you? It should. It’s the date that one man changed the course of history. As a historian I’ve long known that the Battle […]

Golden Mold Cape
England, History & Archaeology, Photo Highlight

Golden Mold Cape

The British Museum was on my “bucket list” for a very long time. After I was finally able to check it off, I spent some time thinking back to my one favorite exhibit. Even though my visit lasted just a few hours, I was able to take in some pretty amazing […]

Ravenna, Italy’s Arian Baptistry
History & Archaeology, Italy, Photo Highlight

Ravenna, Italy’s Arian Baptistry

Few Places stand out among my travels as much as the inspiring historic mosaics of Ravenna, Italy. Although I spent only a single day in Ravenna, I managed to view almost every ancient church that boasted a set of Byzantine Mosaics. Ravenna’s history goes all the way back to the […]

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Germany, History & Archaeology, Italy, Photo Highlight

Emperor Valens from the Trier Mint

The Bode Museum in Berlin, Germany boasts a number of spectacular artifacts from the Roman Empire, but the medallion of the Emperor Valens particularly stands out. Valens was Emperor of the eastern half of the Roman Empire from 28 March 364 until his death at the battle of Adrianople (in Turkey […]

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Europe Travel, History & Archaeology

Forbidden Love at Père Lachaise Cemetery

Have you heard the tragic story of Heloise and Abelard? The remains interred at Père Lachaise Cemetery number in the millions, but there are some tombs, like those of Heloise and Abelard, that deserve more than a passing glance. The cemetery, located in the heart of Paris, France is famous for the grave of […]

Don’t Let the Temple of Bel Die
History & Archaeology

Don’t Let the Temple of Bel Die

I don’t often comment on politics or current events, but I feel compelled to write about the senseless and sickening destruction of one of Syria’s greatest treasures, the Temple of Bel in Palmyra, which was a UNESCO world heritage site. I am deeply saddened and troubled by this ATTEMPT to […]