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The Battle of the Granicus (334 B.C.E.)

The Battle of the Granicus (334 B.C.E.)

It was May of the year 334 B.C.E, and Alexander the Great’s invasion of the Persian Empire had just begun. For the moment, Alexander’s stated goal was to pursue a policy of liberation for Greek city-states living under Persian rule. At least, that’s what he was telling everybody, and at this point there was no …

The Assassination of Julius Caesar (The Ides of March, 44 B.C.E.)

The Assassination of Julius Caesar (The Ides of March, 44 B.C.E.)

The conspiracy to kill Julius Caesar began with a meeting between three men. Cassius Longinus, Marcus Brutus, and Decimus Brutus. Cassius, Brutus, and Decimus. Cassius was an experienced soldier and general. A decade earlier he fought the Parthians under Crassus. After Crassus’s humiliating defeat, Cassius rallied the survivors and successfully defended Syria against a Parthian …

History of the Samurai: Outsiders to Legends

Paragons of virtue, exemplars of honour, beacons of integrity and masters of warfare – the knights of the east. This is what we generally picture when we think of the infamous Samurai. While it is an attractive view of these legendary warriors, it is nevertheless quite a misleading one. In this video we shall do …

Caesar as King? (45 to 44 B.C.E.)

Caesar as King? (45 to 44 B.C.E.)

Julius Caesar’s old friend Titus Labienus had been defeated. The Roman Civil War was officially over, and Spain had been pacified. After a few weeks of housekeeping, Caesar headed back to the capitol. On the road to Rome, he met up with Marc Antony, who at one time had served as Caesar’s political point-man. A …

Darius I and The Greatest Lie in History

Darius I and The Greatest Lie in History

Assassination, conspiracy and cover-ups – what more could we want in a story about Imperial succession? The First Persian Empire was one of the greatest that ever existed. An expertly organised economy, a relatively tolerant and lenient provincial system, along with other groundbreaking advances in human civilisation, was combined with some of the most scandalous …