Category: Misc

Becoming a Eunuch in Byzantium


Eunuchs were a distinct feature of Byzantium. Everywhere you looked, you would find eunuchs. They served in the Great Palace, the Church, the army, the government, wealthy households and even as professionals. During the early days of the Roman Empire, it was shameful to be a eunuch. But this view changed as the Roman Empire evolved ….  Read More

Greek Fire: The Byzantine Secret Weapon


Byzantium fought for its very survival throughout its existence. Often, the empire faced enemies who were superior in military and economic might. Despite these odds, Byzantium always managed to survive. One of the main reasons for its survival was the secret weapon: Greek fire. Used skilfully by its leaders, Byzantium managed to come back repeatedly ….  Read More