Trapezus Timeline

Trapezus Timeline

  • 756 BCE

  • 630 BCE

    Cimmerians destroy Trapezus.

  • 400 BCE

    Remains of Cyrus the Younger's Persian army arrive in Trapezus.

  • c. 75 BCE

    Trapezus is part of the Pontic Kingdom of Mithradates VI.

  • c. 50 CE

    Rome recognizes Trapezus as free city.

  • 257 CE

    Visigoths attack Trapezus.

  • 258 CE

    Sasanian Persians attack Trapezus.

  • 824 CE

    Trapezus becomes capital of the military distric of Chaldia.


Overhead press

The overhead press (abbreviated OHP), also referred to as a shoulder press, military press, or simply the press, is a weight training exercise with many variations. It is typically performed while either standing or sitting sometimes also when squatting, in which a weight is pressed straight upwards from racking position until the arms are locked out overhead, while the legs, lower back and abs maintain balance. [1] The exercise helps build muscular shoulders with bigger arms, and is one of the most difficult compound upper-body exercises. The world record overhead press was performed by Owhe Bruno in Russia in 1997. [2]


What Is a Trapeziectomy?

A trapeziectomy is a surgical procedure in which the trapezium bone, one of the carpal bones of the wrist, is removed from the hand. A tendon graft or implant, made from silicone or metal, may be used to fill in the missing space.  

Thumb arthritis occurs at the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint of the thumb between the metacarpal bone and the trapezium. The shearing forces transmitted through the joint during gripping, pinching, and grasping movements and the decreased strength of supporting ligaments that occur with aging often cause degeneration of the thumb joint over time.   Because the thumb is a very mobile joint, it lacks the stability to withstand repetitive stress and easily wears down over time.

Trapeziectomy with ligament reconstruction and tendon interposition (LRTI) is one of the most common procedures for treating thumb arthritis to obtain long-term stability of the thumb joint.  

Potential Risks

Most people recover well after undergoing a trapeziectomy. Potential risks associated with the operation include:  

  • Infection
  • Bleeding and blood clots
  • Nerve damage
  • Hand scarring
  • Remaining or returning symptoms

If an LTRI procedure is performed, additional risks include:

  • Tendon tethering: Tendons that are used for grafting in LTRI procedures can tether, where a tendon develops scarring and adhesions, causing it to stick to its tendon sheath which prevents it from gliding smoothly and functioning properly  
  • Subsidence: With joint implants, the body can produce an inflammatory reaction in response to the new foreign substance, causing the implant to gradually sink down into surrounding bones  

Consult with your doctor about the possible risks of a trapeziectomy to determine if it is an appropriate option for you given your age, current health status, and medical history.


Hadrian and Antinous

I’ve been on an ancient history kick lately so, if I were you, I’d expect the next few posts here to be about ancient queer people. To that end, I’m starting us off by bringing us back to ancient Rome. And also ancient Egypt. And all over the place, actually. I am, of course, talking about the story of Emperor Hadrian and Antinous.

A statue of Emperor Hadrian

So Hadrian was born on January 24, 76 CE in present-day Spain, where his family had moved from present-day Italy. His father was first-cousin to soon-to-be-emperor Trajan. Hadrian entered a career in politics and public service. At the encouragement of Trajan’s wife, and a few other politically influential people in Rome, Hadrian married Trajan’s grand-niece (and therefore, his own second cousin once removed) Vibia Sabina early in his career (around 100 or 101 CE). The marriage was purely political and is almost universally described as being an unhappy one. Around the time of the wedding, he was serving as essentially the liaison between the emperor and the Senate. Afterwards, he had posts in numerous places around the Empire — he was archon of Athens for many years, and even held Athenian citizenship, and also served as governor of Syria.

Meanwhile, in Turkey sometime around 111 CE, Antinous was born. Virtually no solid facts are known about his childhood, but its guessed he was born in November — possibly November 27. Some time in the Renaissance it began to be claimed by historians that Antinous was born into slavery, but modern historians are pretty agreed that that’s unlikely because contemporary Roman historians would almost certainly have mentioned that, given how the rest of his life turned out and how much more of a controversial figure Antinous would have become.

In the year 117 CE, Trajan died from a stroke, leaving no heirs. Adoption papers “proving” Hadrian was his adopted son, and therefore heir, appeared shortly thereafter — signed by Trajan’s wife, and dated the day after Trajan’s death. Making this even more hard to swallow was the fact that she was in Rome and Hadrian was still in Syria. This was a huge irregularity, as a Roman adoption required all three parties to be present — both parents and the adoptee. Nevertheless, the Roman legion quickly claimed him the legitimate emperor, so as to avoid a power vacuum. Hadrian thanked them with a monetary bonus, which may sound like a bribe but was apparently the custom of the time. (I guess that doesn’t really mean it wasn’t a bribe…) With the legion on board, the Senate didn’t take too long to confirm that Hadrian was emperor.

At the start of his reign, Hadrian remained in Syria — as there was a Jewish revolt in Judea and other parts of the Middle East that he needed to attend to. And by attend to I mean, historians now refer to it as the Kitos War and that sort of undersells the violence. In his defense, Hadrian was trying to find a more peaceful solution to the problem — but the war had begun under Trajan’s rule and the combatants were not willing to let go of the fight. Hadrian gave up a lot of the area Trajan had conquered to the east in order to stabilize the region. Then he quietly stripped Lusius Quietus — the commander of the Roman forces in Judea — of his rank. Lusius Quietus died the following year under suspicious circumstances. It’s likely that Hadrian quietly stripped him of his life too.

A surviving section of Hadrian’s Wall

With that behind him, Hadrian embarked on a tour of the empire. Perhaps the most significant stop, and one of the earliest, on this tour was the province of Britannia — Great Britain. Major conflicts were common in the region, and the Roman military was not doing well. In 122 CE, Hadrian ordered the construction of a wall to separate the Roman territory from the unclaimed parts of the island. An enormous 73 mile long wall, as it turns out, was cheaper than an enormous border army. It wasn’t the Great Wall of China or anything, but Hadrian’s Wall was still kind of a big deal. Part of the wall still stands.

A statue of Antinous

In June of 123 CE, he reached the city of Claudiopolis (now Bolu) in present day Turkey — where Antinous lived. It is believed by many historians that they met at this point and, while they did not become lovers now, it certainly had an impact on Antinous. It was probably a big part of why Antinous decided to go to pursue his education in Rome.

Hadrian returned to Rome in September 125 CE. Over the next three years, a relationship formed between Antinous and Hadrian. Antinous became the emperor’s “personal favorite” and was seen in Hadrian’s company more than his wife. Historians actually note that there is no evidence whatsoever that Hadrian ever expressed romantic or sexual interest in any women — which is kind of remarkable since usually historians are quick to “straightwash” gay people in history. Hadrian was too gay even for that. Contemporary records indicate that Hadrian and Antinous’ relationship was clearly sexual, and Hadrian wrote erotic poetry about him, though none of it survives today. There was significantly more to the relationship though. Hadrian had several “favorites” but he particularly described Antinous as being incredibly wise, and they enjoyed hunting together and — as you’ll see shortly — traveling together. Antinous, for his part, also seems to have truly loved Hadrian despite their significant age difference. There is no evidence he ever tried to use the relationship for any kind of personal gain.

Hadrian, unlike previous emperors, did not choose to stay in Rome and rely heavily on reports from abroad. Hadrian spent more than half of his reign traveling the empire. When he left Rome again in 127 CE, he took Antinous with him as a part of his personal retinue. This may have been partially because Hadrian fell ill during this year, with a mysterious chronic illness that baffled the doctors of the time. They traveled through parts of Italy, North Africa, and even made their way to Athens for a time. At a certain point they were initiated, together, into the Eleusinian Mysteries. Afterwards, they traveled to the Middle East, visiting Antioch, Judea, Syria, and Arabia. Hadrian grew concerned that the Jewish population was failing to “Romanize” so he built a Temple of Jupiter on the site of former Jewish temple and made circumcision illegal.

The tondo depicting the lion hunt

From there they headed to Egypt. In Alexandria, Hadrian made some unpopular decisions about appointing people to certain positions. Rumors began to spread about his sex life, particularly when it came to Antinous. Unperturbed by the pettiness, Hadrian and Antinous went to hunt a lion that was causing trouble in Libya. During the hunt, Hadrian saved Antinous’ life — he was so proud of this event that he made certain it was recorded in multiple histories, had it depicted on bronze medallions, had a poem commissioned, and even had a tondo (or circular artwork) made of it. Various tondos depicting Antinous and Hadrian together, including the one of the lion hunt, eventually ended up on the Arch of Constantine, where they still remain to this day. This tondo is considered particularly significant as it is the first place that Antinous is no longer shown as a thin youth but a muscular, hairy truly full grown man — leading historians to suspect that his relationship with Hadrian was probably changing.

A month or so later, Hadrian and his retinue sailed up the Nile as part of a flotilla. Antinous was with him, as was Lucius Ceionius Commodus who some historians say Antinous viewed as competition for Hadrian’s affections (but who never seems to have actually had a romantic relationship with the emperor). During this sort of Nile parade, Antinous fell into the river and died. The death is viewed as highly suspicious particularly because in all of the surviving documents there is not one place where the death is described as an accident. And there’s quite a bit of documentation that has survived. It is, of course, still possible the death was an accident, but here’s some of the other theories that are out there.

  • Some theorize that Antinous killed himself, possibly over losing Hadrian’s affections. The trouble with this theory is that Hadrian’s reaction to the death doesn’t seem like his affection was waning.
  • Some have suggested he was murdered as part of a conspiracy. There’s actually no evidence for this, and Antinous’ lack of political influence over Hadrian also kinds of makes this one a “meh” theory. But it’s very dramatic, so that’s fun at least.
  • It’s also been suggested that it was a human sacrifice, that Antinous might have volunteered to sacrifice his own life as a means of helping finally cure Hadrian of the illness he’d been suffering for three years. However, Hadrian was opposed to human sacrifice and had strengthened laws against it throughout the empire. This theory also was never even presented until 80 years later, despite the fact that rumors spread like wildfire when the death occurred.
  • Another theory is that Antinous died in a botched castration, that he may have volunteered for to keep his youth. However, again, Hadrian was very much opposed to castration and Antinous was too old (since he’s only somewhere around 19 years old at this point) to get much effect from it anyways.

As you can see, all of the theories leave something to be desired and whatever the case may be, Hadrian was absolutely beside himself with grief (and possibly also with guilt, depending on what actually happened). Egyptian priests immediately identified Antinous with the Egyptian god Osiris — dying in the Nile helped with that — and set about embalming and mummifying his corpse in the Egyptian tradition. Hadrian remained in Egypt until the following year, probably not willing to leave until his lover had been finally laid to rest.

Royston Lambert wrote a biography of Hadrian in 1984, where he described Hadrian’s feelings for Antinous as a “a mystical-religious need for his companionship.” And that’s, perhaps, underselling it. Hadrian formally declared Antinous a deity, and ordered a city be constructed at the site of his death. The city, called Antinoöpolis, was built over the city of Hir-we and all of the buildings from that city except the Temple of Ramses II were destroyed so the new city could be built. Aside from being an over-the-top memorial, the city was also a move to help integrate Greek and Egyptian cultures — Hadrian permitted Greek and Egyptian inhabitants of the city to marry, and gave incentives for Greeks to move there. Games were held there annually for several hundred years in an event called the Antinoeia. Hadrian allowed the primary god of Hir-we to continue to be worshipped — the Egyptian god Bes — alongside worship of the Osiris-Antinous deity.

The Antinous Obelisk, on Pincio Hill in Rome

It was not unheard for a person to be declared a god but it was super rare for it to be someone who wasn’t, y’know, an emperor or someone otherwise incredibly important to the world at large. It’s not clear what became of Antinous’ body, but it is hinted by an obelisk was buried at Hadrian’s country estate in Italy. Hadrian continued to surround himself with sculptures and depictions of Antinous for years to come. Over the following years, an innumerable number of sculptures of Antinous were found through the empire (in no small part because of his status as a god). 115 of those sculptures still exist — 22 of those were found in Hadrian’s country estate. Although there are various styles of these sculptures, they all clearly depict the same person so it is believed that Hadrian released an official version of what Antinous was supposed to look like, that sculptors could replicate.

Antinous as Bacchus (or Dionysus) — a statue in the Vatican

Because of the identification with Osiris, the cult of Antinous had little trouble spreading in Egypt. But Hadrian wanted Antinous to be worshipped through the entire empire. To that end, he turned to Greece. In 131 CE, he traveled there and integrated Antinous with the god Hermes — in much the same way that the Egyptians had joined him to Osiris. He founded a temple in Trapezus to Hermes-Antinous. Despite Hadrian’s best efforts, however, the Greeks associated Antinous with the god Dionysus instead and worship of Dionysus-Antinous could be found throughout much of the empire within just a few years. Although in some cases people worshipped Antinous just to make their emperor happy, archaeologists have found a significant amount of evidence suggesting Antinous was also worshipped in the privacy of people’s homes. That means people actually, genuinely liked worshipping Antinous. The cult appears to have been most prolific in Egypt, the Middle East, and Greece but evidence of the cult has been found in 70 cities and some of that is even as far away as Britain where Antinous appears to have been conflated with the Celtic sun god Belenos.

Six years later, 136 CE, Hadrian adopted Lucius Ceionius Commodus and made him his heir (as Hadrian and his wife never had kids.) However, Lucius died two years later while Hadrian was still alive so he never actually got the crown. Later that year, on July 10 138 CE, Hadrian passed away in his villa — finally losing the battle with his own health but managing to name an heir in Antinous shortly before his death. Hadrian had ruled the Roman Empire for 21 years.

Antinous’ cult would continue even longer, but would receive harsh criticisms from other pagan cults. The philosopher Celsus, for instance, criticized it — saying that its worshipers were debaucherous and immoral. That’s also how he viewed Christians, as it turns out. Christians, meanwhile, viewed the cult of Antinous as a rival religion and they vocally condemned it — insisting that it was immoral to worship a mortal human, and pointing out that he was only in that position because of his sexual activities with Hadrian. (That part at least is kind of valid.) In the 4th century, as conflicts between Christians and pagans deepened, pagans in general began to champion Antinous. Not in the sense that they worshiped him necessarily, though his cult was clearly still active, but in that he became something of a symbol against Christianity. New images and depictions of him began to be made, including a set of seven bronze medallions. Statues were broken, rebuilt, moved, damaged, repaired…..and the struggle continued until 391 CE when Emperor Theodosius officially banned paganism, and all images of Antinous were removed from public places.

Antinous, understandably, became something of an icon for the homosexual subculture of later centuries. During the Renaissance, queer art was generally focused on the mythological figure of Ganymede but — especially by the 18th century — that fascination had been turned onto Antinous. Who was, y’know, at least real. That fascination grew into the 19th century. In 1865, Karl Heinrich Ulrichs wrote about Antinous in one of his pamphlets, and Oscar Wilde spoke of Antinous in The Young King, The Sphinx, and in The Picture of Dorian Gray. The homophile newspaper The Artist began selling cast statues of Antinous about this time as well. Even straight authors were catching on — in the novel of Les Miserables, author Victor Hugo describes the character of Enjolras as “an untamed Antinous” who seemed “not to be aware of the existence of a creature called woman.”

And while Antinous may not still have quite that level of ubiquitous popularity in queer culture, he has not exactly been forgotten either. Sarah Waters included a costume ball in her novel Tipping the Velvet where the lesbian protagonist dressed as Antinous. Rufus Wainwright‘s 2018 opera Hadrian is about the emperor’s response to Antinous’ death. Even in sports they’re still remembered — the Hadrian Cup, an LGBTQ+ inclusive rugby tournament, introduced the Antinous Plate just this year in March 2020 and awarded it to the Aberdeen Taexali Rugby Club. (But, to be honest, I don’t know anything about rugby so I can’t tell you exactly what the Antinous Plate is awarded for.)

I’m not saying Hadrian set the bar too high for the rest of us, but would your lover declare you a god after you died in a river under suspicious circumstances — making you a relevant historical figure for thousands of years to come?


Geography and External Boundaries

Trabzon is surrounded by five distinct nations and one major body of water—the Black Sea. Hemmed by sea to the north and high mountains along the eastern and southeastern frontiers, Trabzon generally has well-defined natural borders. Since 1983 the boundary with the former Soviet Union, which was defined by mutual agreement between the Soviet and Turkish governments in 1921, has formed Trabzon's borders with the post-Doomsday countries of Georgia and Armenia. Trabzon's boundaries with the Sultanate of Turkey and the Republic of Greater Patnos have never been formally delineated and remain the topic of some dispute. Although fighting has gradually ceased in New Erzurum, that territory remains one of western Asia's frozen conflict zones. All of New Erzurum is claimed by Trabzon, and the surviving vilayets in the south have harbored a lingering resentment over the loss of their northern lands and principal settlements.

The country is prone to earthquakes, as it incorporates a significant amount of territory once included in Turkey's most active seismic region, which extends to the region north of Lake Van on the Georgian and Armenian borders. Broadly speaking, the Second Empire of Trabzon can be delineated into two distinct geographical regions: the densely populated coastal strip along the Black Sea, and the interior, where the land surface is rough, broken, and mountainous. Flat or even gently sloping land is rare, especially in the southeast, which has a median elevation of about 1,500 meters.

The Black Sea coastal strip consists of a steep, rocky coastline with a few rivers that cascade through gorges further inland. Access to the interior from the coastal strip is limited to a few narrow valleys due to the presence of the Pontic Mountain Range, which varies from 1,500 to 4,000 meters in elevation and runs parallel to the Black Sea. Because of these natural conditions, the reach of the Trabzonian government and security forces is largely confined to the coast, and much of the interior outside major settlements or military installations remains isolated. The coastal strip occasionally widens into fertile deltas where cultivation is intense Trabzon remains dependent on these areas for the production of its primary cash crops: hazelnuts and tea. The mild, damp climate is also conducive to commercial agriculture, and due to the country's severe shortage of foreign exchange no amount of coastal land is wasted even the mountain slopes where possible have been farmed or utilized for grazing livestock. The southern slopes of the Pontic range are usually barren, but the northern slopes facing the Black Sea are much more conducive for vegetation. Timber is cut on these slopes from ancient deciduous and evergreen forests. Rainfall averages 1,500 millimeters annually and may occur during any season.

Trabzon's interior is sparsely populated and is home to a much more extreme climate and a number of recently extinct volcanoes. Some streams and rivers which empty into the Black Sea originate in the south. Much of the region is characterized by hot, dry summers and severe winters with heavy snowfalls. Smaller settlements are often isolated for protracted periods during winter storms. There are valleys at the foot of the mountains near river corridors which support diverse agriculture, although primarily for local subsistence.


Motor and Sensory

Cranial motor nerves brainstem nuclei of origin Primary Terminal Nuclei of the Afferent (sensory) Cranial Nerves

Pharyngeal Arches

During early development each pharyngeal arch is associated with different cranial nerves.

  • Arch 1 - CN V trigeminal, caudal 2/3 maxillary (V2) and mandibular (V3), cranial 1/3 sensory nerve of head and neck, mastication motor
  • Arch 2 - CN VII facial
  • Arch 3 - CN IX glossopharyngeal
  • Arch 4&6 - CN X vagus, arch 4- superior laryngeal, arch 6- recurrent laryngeal

Textbooks

  • The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology (8th Edition) by Keith L. Moore and T.V.N Persaud - Moore & Persaud Chapter 15 the skeletal system
  • Larsen’s Human Embryology by GC. Schoenwolf, SB. Bleyl, PR. Brauer and PH. Francis-West - Chapter 11 Limb Dev (bone not well covered in this textbook)
  • Before we Are Born (5th ed.) Moore and Persaud Chapter 16,17: p379-397, 399-405
  • Essentials of Human Embryology Larson Chapter 11 p207-228

Development Overview

Neuralation begins at the trilaminar embryo with formation of the notochord and somites, both of which underly the ectoderm and do not contribute to the nervous system, but are involved with patterning its initial formation. The central portion of the ectoderm then forms the neural plate that folds to form the neural tube, that will eventually form the entire central nervous system.

Early developmental sequence: Epiblast - Ectoderm - Neural Plate - Neural groove and Neural Crest - Neural Tube and Neural Crest

Neural Tube Development
Neural Tube Primary Vesicles Secondary Vesicles Adult Structures
week 3 week 4 week 5 adult
neural plate neural groove neural tube
Brain
prosencephalon (forebrain) telencephalon Rhinencephalon, Amygdala, hippocampus, cerebrum (cortex), hypothalamus‎, pituitary | Basal Ganglia, lateral ventricles
diencephalon epithalamus, thalamus, Subthalamus, pineal, posterior commissure, pretectum, third ventricle
mesencephalon (midbrain) mesencephalon tectum, Cerebral peduncle, cerebral aqueduct, pons
rhombencephalon (hindbrain) metencephalon cerebellum
myelencephalon medulla oblongata, isthmus
spinal cord, pyramidal decussation, central canal

Notochord

Does not contribute to the final nervous system, but is critical to patterning the development.

  • forms initially as the Axial Process, a hollow tube which extends from the primitive pit , cranially to the oral membrane
  • the axial process then allow transient communication between the amnion and the yolk sac through the neuroenteric canal.
  • the axial process then merges with the Endodermal layer to form the Notochordal Plate.
  • the notochordal plate then rises back into the Mesodermal layer as a solid column of cells which is the Notochord.

Ectoderm

Two main parts with different morphology

  • columnar - midline neural plate forming neural tube and neural crest
  • cuboidal - lateral surface ectoderm forming epidermis and sensory placodes
    • epidermis of skin, hair, glands, anterior pituitary, teeth enamel
    • sensory placodes

    Neural Plate

    Neuronal populations are thought to be specified before the plate folds by signals from underlying notochord and mesoderm, as well as signals spread laterally through the plate.

    • secrete noggin, chordin, follistatin
    • all factors bind BMP-4 an inhibitor of neuralation bone morphogenic protein acts through membrane receptor
    • generates at spinal cord level 3 strips of cells
    • expression of delta inhibits nearby cells, which express notch receptor, from becoming neurons
    • Delta-Notch- generates "neural strips"

    Neural Bending

    There are two bending processes occurring in the formation of the neural groove and neural tube.

    1. occuring in the midline due to cells in this region having a basal nuclear localisation. This initial bending leads to formation of the neural groove.
    2. occuring at the dorsolateral hinge points by different mechanism involving "buckling". This later bending leads to formation of the neural tube.


    Mouse neural tube bending model (see review ⎙] )

    Neural Groove

    In the human embryo the neural groove forms in the midline of the neural plate (day 18-19).

    • either side of which are the neural folds
    • continues to deepen until about week 4
    • neural folds begins to fuse
    • at 4th somite level

    Neural Groove human embryo (Carnegie stage 10, week 4)

    Neural Tube

    • fusion of neural groove extends rostrally and caudally
    • begins at level of 4th somite, "zips up" neural groove
    • leaves 2 openings at either end- Neuropores
    • forms the brain and spinal cord
    • Secondary Neuralation - caudal end of neural tube formed by secondary neuralation, develops from primitive streak region, solid cord canalized by extension of neural canal. mesodermal caudal eminence

    Neuropores

    • cranial (anterior) neuropore closes before caudal (posterior)
    • failure to close - Neural Tube Defects (NTD), severity dependent upon level, spina bifida anancephaly (More? [neuron2.htm Neural Abnormalities])
    • found that supplementation of maternal diet with folate reduces incidence of NTDs
      • A randomised controlled trial conducted by the Medical Research Council of the United Kingdom demonstrated a 72% reduction in risk of recurrence by periconceptional (ie before and after conception) folic acid supplementation (4mg daily).
      • Women who have one infant with a neural tube defect have a significantly increased risk of recurrence (40-50 per thousand compared with 2 per thousand for all births)

      Lamina Terminalis

      Human Fetus (week 10) brain showing lamina terminalis region

      Neural Crest

      • a population of cells at the edge of the neural plate that lie dorsally when the neural tube fuses
      • dorsal to the neural tube, as a pair of streaks
      • cells migrate throughout the embryo
      • studied by quail-chick chimeras - transplanted quail cells have obvious nucleoli compared with chicken Neural Crest Derivitives
      • pluripotential, forms many different types of cells: dorsal root ganglia (neurons, sheath cells, glia), autonomic ganglia, adrenal medulla, pia-arachnoid sheath, skin melanocytes, connective tissue of cardiac outflow, thyroid parafollicular cells, craniofacial skeleton and teeth odontoblasts.

      The Roman empire in the beginning of the era

      Ancient texts from the Roman empire part of the Public domain.

      Most files are gathered from the internet and published here to give my readers the opportunity to combine these texts with my book about Ancient History published on this website.

      This is only a small part of all the publications that are availably in the Public domain.

      A short description of the timeline of the Roman empire in the first and second century AD.:

      44 BCJULIUS CAESAR the first emperor murdered.

      27 BC AUGUSTUS emperor.

      AD 1-50

      1Augustus in the 28th year of his rule as Imperator Caesar Divi Filius Augustus Pontifex Maximus Pater Patriae. His wife, since 38 bc, Livia Drusilla. War in Germany.

      2 Peace made with Persia. Forum of Augustus dedicated. Scandal of Augustus' daughter Julia. Death of Lucius at Marseilles. Tiberius returns from Rhodes.

      3 Ariobarzanes made King of Armenia. Proconsulare Imperium renewed for ten years. Augustus's new house on the Palatine destroyed by fire.

      4 Death of Gaius in Lycia. Augustus adopts Tiberius and Agrippa Postumus, Tiberius adopts Germanicus. Tiberius in Germany - he subdues the Bructeri and Cherusci. Conspiracy of Cn Cornelius Cinna.

      5 Tiberius in Germany, He reaches the Elbe. Sentius receives triumphal honours. Famine in Italy.

      6 Pannonia and Dalmatia revolt. Alarm at Rome, Famine in the city. Judaea made a province.

      7 Tiberius and Germanicus in Pannonia. Agrippa Postumus banished to Planasia, Ovid banished to Tomi on the Black Sea.

      8 Subjection of Pannonia under the general Marcus Lepidus. The orator Cassius Severus banished for libel.

      9 Pannonian War ends. Arminius defeats Varus in Germany. The Lex Pappia Poppaea Ara Pacis inaugurated.

      10 Pannonia established as an imperial province. Tiberius secures the Rhine defences. Arch of Dolabella and SIlanus on the ancient Celimontana gate. The obelisk of the Horologium Augusti brought from Heliopolis to Rome.

      11 Tiberius and Germanicus re-cross the Rhine. The Theatre of Marcellus, begun by Julius, is finished.

      12 Germanicus consul Tiberius granted supreme power alongside Augustus. Tiberius celebrates a triumph for Pannonia. Birth of Caligula, son of Germanicus. The Basilica Julia enlarged and rebuilt.

      13 Tiberius (again) receives Tribunician Power and Proconsulare Imperium in all provinces.

      14 Census of Caesar and Tiberius. Death of Augustus at Nola in Campania buried in his own mausoleum. TIBERIUS accedes as Tiberius Caesar Augustus.

      15 Achaea and Macedonia become Imperial Provinces. Tiberius becomes Pontifex Maximus. The Tiber floods it's banks.

      16 Germanicus campaigns in Germany the Elbe is abandoned as the German frontier.

      17-18 Germanicus in Rome celebrates his triumph. Sejanus Prefect of the Praetorian guard. Germanicus campaigns in the East. Cappadocia and Commagene annexed Livy and Ovid die.

      19 Germanicus dies at Antioch. Decrees against the profligacy of women. Tiberius restores the Temple of Castor and Pollux in the Forum. Arches erected in The Forum Of Augustus to Drusus and Germanicus.

      20-24 Wars in Africa against Tacfarinas. Tiberius' son Drusus celebrates a triumph. Drusus' mother Vipsania dies. Failed rising in Gaul under Sacrovir and Florus. Death of Arminius.

      21 Drusus shares the consulship with Tiberius.

      22 Drusus given Tribunician Power. The Basilica Aemilia in the Forum re-built.

      23 Juba of Mauretania dies. Drusus poisoned by his wife Livilla and Sejanus. Elder Pliny born. Strabo dies. Castra Praetoria barracks built for the Guard.

      24 Trial and suicide of Silius and Silvanus. Death of Tacfarinas. Slave revolt in South Italy under T.Curtisius.

      25 Rebellion in Thrace, suppressed by 26. Tiberius refuses Sejanus's request to marry Livilla. Thrace rebels against military service.

      26 Poppaeus Sabinus given triumphal insignia for crushing Thracian revolt.

      27 Tiberius settles in Capri. Fire in Rome.

      28 The Frisians revolt against tribute. L. Apronius, campaigns in Germany.

      29Livia dies aged 86. Agrippina, widow of Germanicus banished to Pandateria.

      30 Drusus and Asinius Gallus imprisoned.

      31Sejanus becomes a senator and consul the fall of Sejanus. Macro Praetorian Prefect Sales tax increased back to Augustan level.

      32 Death of Asinius Gallus and Drusus. General terror Price riots in the city.

      33 Agrippina starves herself to death.

      34 Artaxias of Armenia dies.

      35 Birth of the author Quintilian. Death of Poppaeus Sabinus in the Balkans.

      36 Fire in Rome. Peace between Rome and Parthia. Settlement of Judaea imprisonment of Herod Agrippa.

      37 Tiberius dies at his villa in Misenum. His ashes placed in the Mausoleum of Augustus. CALIGULA succeeds as Gaius Caesar Germanicus Augustus, Pontifex Maximus, and Pater Patriae (born 12 at Antium). He marries Livia Orestilla Antonia. Mother of Germanicus dies.

      38 Death of Caligula's sister Drusilla. He marries Lollia Paulina. Anti-Jewish riots in Alexandria. Death of the Praetorian Prefect Macro. Claudius marries Valeria Messalina.

      39 Caligula marries Milonia Caesonia. He 'campaigns' on the Rhine. Lepidus and Gaetulicus executed for conspiracy. Herod Antipas deposed. Caligila builds the 'Bridge of Boats' at Baiae.

      40 Caligula orders that the temple of Jerusalem be turned into an Imperial shrine. Ptolemy of Mauretania executed at Rome.

      41 Caligula assassinated in Rome. Ashes placed in the mausoleum of Augustus. Praetorian guard make CLAUDIUS emperor. He accedes as Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus Pontifex Maximus Pater Patriae (born Lyons, 10 bc). Birth of his son, Tiberius Claudius Germanicus (Brittanicus). Herod Agrippa given Judaea and Samaria.

      42 Revolt by Lucius Scribonianus, governor of Dalmatia. Leading senators implicated. Famine in Rome. New harbour begun at Ostia. Mauretania annexed and made into two provinces. Suetonius Paulinus crosses the Atlas.

      43 Conquest of Britain begun under Aulus Plautius Claudius in Britain defeats Caractacus. Lycia merged into Pamphylia.

      44 Death of Herod Agrippa. Claudius returns to Rome his British triumph.

      45 Mithridates of Bosphorus deposed and Cotys set up.

      46 Asinius Gallus exiled for conspiracy. Annexation of Thrace. Citizenship given to the Gallic Anauni. Birth of the writer Plutarch.

      47 Claudius holds the Secular Games to mark 800 years of the city of Rome. Plautus returns from Britain to a triumph.

      48 Claudius' wife Messalina conspires with C. Silius, both executed.

      49 Claudius marries his niece Julia Agrippina. Seneca made Nero's tutor. Lollia Paulina exiled and killed.

      50 Claudius adopts Agrippina's son, Domitius Ahenobarbus as 'Nero'. The Chatti invade from Germany, crushed by Pomponius.

      AD 51-100

      51Nero given the title Princeps Iuventutis. Burrus Praetorian Prefect. Famine in Rome. Caractacus captured in Britain.

      52 The Acqueducts 'Aqua Claudia' and the 'Anio Novus' completed. Arcus Claudii erected to commemorate British victory.

      53 Nero marries Claudius' daughter Octavia.

      54 Claudius poisoned by his wife. NERO succeeds as Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus etc. (born 37). Seneca publishes the Apocolocyntosis.

      55 Britannicus poisoned at dinner. Cnaius Corbulo given full command in the East as 'Legate of Cappadocia'.

      56 Actors expelled from Rome. The Emperor takes control of the Public Treasury (Aerarium).

      57 Nero builds amphitheatre in Campus Martius.

      58 Initial conquest of Armenia by Corbulo - war with Parthia. The Hermundiri and the Chatti at war in Germany.

      59 Nero murders Agrippina. The market 'Macellum Magnum' built on the Caelio.

      60 Financial crisis and depreciation of coinage. Corbulo sets up Tigranes in Armenia.

      61 Suppression of British revolt under Boudicca.

      62 Nero divorces Octavia and marries Poppaea Sabina. Death of Burrus.

      63 Treaty with Parthia and settlement of the Armenian question under Tiridates. Trapezus becomes base of Roman fleet on the Black Sea.

      64 Nero makes his musical debut in public at Naples. Great fire of Rome. Nero begins building of the Golden House.

      65 Conspiracy of Calpurnius Piso. Suicide of Seneca and Lucan (born 39). Nero kicks his wife Poppaea to death. Epidemic in the City.

      66 Jewish revolt begins. Vespasian appointed commander in Palestine. Nero marries Statilia Messalina. The general Corbulo ordered to commit suicide. Suicide of Petronius ('Arbiter' of taste and author of Satyricon). Nero goes to Greece.

      67 Josephus the Jew deserts to the Romans. Vespasian reduces Galilee. Nero victorious at the Games in Greece.

      68Julius Vindex raises rebellion in Gallia Lugdun. The Senate declares Nero a public enemy. 9th June, suicide of Nero.

      68-79 AD Battle for Emperorship between Galba, Vitellius, Otho (the hairy giant), Vespasian and Titus.

      69Galba, Vitellius, Otho and Vespasian contest for power. Victory for Vespasian at Betriacum and sack of Cremona. War with the Garamantes in Libya. Batavian revolt under Julius Civilis. Fire on the Capitoline destroys archives.

      70 VESPASIAN emperor as Imperator Titus Flavius Vespasianus Caesar, soon after as Imperator Caesar Vespasianus Augustus (born 17 at Falacrinae). Begins to construct new palace. TITUS becomes Caesar. Defeat of Civilis and of the rising of Treviri in Gaul. Destruction of Jerusalem by Titus.

      71 Temple of Peace begun. Titus 'Prefect of the Praetorians'.

      72 Commagene annexed by Caessenius Paetus. The Flavian Amphitheatre begun.

      73 Vespasian and Titus censors. High taxation. Achaea loses the freedom given to it by Nero. The Jews riot in Alexandria. Alans invade Armenia and Parthia.

      74 Fall of the stronghold of Masada in Palestine. Vespasian grants Latin rights to all Spain.

      75Titus calls his lover, Queen Berenice, to Rome. Temple of Peace finished. Temple of Jupiter rebuilt. The legate of Syria, M. Ulpius Traianus, defeats the Parthians.

      78 Agricola becomes Legatus Propraetore in Britain. The author Tacitus marries his daughter.

      79 Vespasian dies of illness in Campania. TITUS succeeds as Imperator Titus Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, later Pontifex Max and Pater Patriae (born Rome 39) His wife is Domitia Longina. Eruption of Vesuvius end of Pompeii. Death of Elder Pliny.

      80 Fire in Rome and destruction of the Capitoline temple. Inauguration of Flavian Amphitheatre (Colosseum). 100 day games. Dedication of the Baths of Titus.

      81 Titus dies in Campania. General mourning. DOMITIAN accedes as Imperator Caesar Domitianus Augustus (born Rome 51). Agricola campaigns in Scotland.

      82 Domitian restores the Capitol.

      83 Campaign against the German Chatti. Domitian takes name "Germanicus". Domitia Longina exiled.

      84 Battle of Mons. Graupius in Scotland. Domitian censor for life.

      85 Agricola returns from Britain to Rome. Domitian makes himself Censor for life.

      86 Domitian at war with the Dacians under Decebalus The Praetorian prefect, Cornelius Fuscus, defeated and killed. Nasamones revolts in Africa. Stadium in the Campus Martius rebuilt in brick and stone (Piazza Navona). The Agon Capitolinus instituted.

      87 The Praetorian prefect, Cornelius Fuscus, killed in Dacia. First major 'conspiracy' unearthed.

      88 Tacitus Praetor. Victory over Dacians at Tapae.

      89-90 Philosophers banished from the City. Mutiny in Upper Germany under Saturninus. Domitian in Germany. War with Suevi Marcomanni and Iazyges: Domitian makes peace with Dacians.

      91 The consul Acilius Glabro forced to fight in the Amphitheatre. The Equus Domitiani statue erected in the Forum.

      92 Iazyges invade. Dacia Domitian, in person, ends the war against Suebi and Sarmatians. His Palace on the Palatine completed by Rabirius. Quintilian the lawyer publishes "Institutio Oratoria", a programme of oratory.

      93-95 Death of Agricola. Domitian begins 'terror'. Domitian executes his cousin, Titus Flavius Clemens, for Christianity.

      96 The poet Statius dies in his native Naples. Domitian assassinated, His acts annulled.

      96-161 AD Rule of the "Good Emperors" Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius.

      Marcus Cocceius NERVA (born 30) proclaimed by the Senate as Imperator Nerva Caesar Augustus. Hailed as Pater Patriae. Limitation of games and corn doles.

      97 Trajan legate in Upper Germany. Revolt of the Praetorians under Aelianus. Nerva adopts Trajan. Both receive the surname 'Germanicus'. Institution of Alimenta "De Aquaeductibus" written by Sex. Julius Frontinus the Curator Aquarum. The Forum of Nerva (begun by Domitian) is completed. A Chinese embassy attempts to visit Rome but is dissuaded in Mesopotamia. Tacitus consul he delivers the funeral oration on his predecessor, Verginius Rufus.

      98 Death of Nerva, Jan. 28th, from apoplexy.Marcus Ulpius Nerva. TRAJAN accedes at Cologne aged 45. (Born, Italica, Spain, in 53). His full title Imperator Caesar Divi Nervae filius Nerva Traianus Augustus. Trajan winters on the Danube. Tacitus publishes the 'Agricola' and writes the 'Germania'.

      99 Trajan returns to Rome. Is named Pater Patriae. Marcus Priscus, proconsul of Africa, exiled. Galatia and Pontus Polemoniacus separated from Cappadocia. Julius Frontinus completes a survey of the Roman water supply. The Kushans send a delegation to Rome.

      100 The younger Pliny consul. His panegyric on Trajan Death of Quintilian, born c.35. Colonies built in Africa - the Third Augusta based at Thamugadi, Numidia.

      AD 101-161

      101 1st Dacian War. Trajan defeats Decebalus at Tapae. Extension of the Alimenta. Death of Silius Italicus. Death of Martial (born c.40).

      102 Trajan captures Sarmizigethusa, the Dacian capital. Trajan receives title of Dacicus. Emperor orders extension of the port at Ostia.

      103 Pliny successfully defends. C.Julius Bassus, proconsul of Bithynia. Harbour built at Centumcellae.

      104 Trajan goes to Moesia. Death of Martial (born c.40), at Bibilis in Spain. Nero's Palace destroyed by fire.

      105 2nd Dacian War. Defeat and death of Decebalus. Dacia a province. Hadrian is Tribunus Plebis. Trajan's wife Pompeia Plotina becomes Augusta. Bridge of Alcantara built over the River Tagus.

      106 Arabia (the Nabataean Kingdom) made an Imperial province (under the Syrian governor, Cornelius Palma).

      107 Trajan celebrates a Triumph for the Dacian War. Law requires senators to invest 1/3 of their property in Italian land. Basilica Ulpia built (c. until 118). Osroes becomes King of Parthia.

      108 Hadrian Legate in Pannonia Inferior. Drives back Sarmatians.

      109 The Aqua Traiana acqueduct completed. Hadrian consul.

      110The Legio X11 garrisons Dacia Baths of Trajan built over Nero's Golden House (by Apollodorus).

      111 Pliny arrives in Bythinia as Legate with Consular Power.

      112 Pliny corresponds with the Emperor regarding Christians. Forum of Trajan dedicated.

      113 War declared against Parthia. Column of Trajan completed. The re-built Forum of Caesar is inaugurated.

      114 Trajan in the East. Armenia made a province. Lusius Quietus conquers Media. Senate votesa triumphal arch at Beneventum, on the new Via Traiana.

      115 Trajan occupies Mesopotamia and makes it a province. Trouble among the Jews in Cyrene and Egypt. Lusius Quietus institutes brutal repression in Judaea. The harbour of Encona enlarged.

      116 The Parthian capital Ctesiphon captured. Trajan annexes Adiabene and forms the province of Assyria. Tigris becomes the Eastern boundary. Trajan visits Charax. Bloody risings of Jews in Greece Cyprus and Egypt are suppressed.

      117 Parthamaspates son of Chosroes accepts the Parthian crown from Trajan. Trajan dies at Selinus in Cilicia, from a stroke. P. Aelius Hadrianus, legatus of Syria is hailed by the soldiers and then by the Senate. He decides to abandon Armenia Mesopotamia and Assyria. HADRIAN suceeds as Imperator Caesar Traianus Hadrianus Augustus, Pontifex Max.(born Rome 76). His wife is Vibia Sabina. Death of Tacitus.

      118-120 Hadrian takes oath not to execute Senators. Hadrian begins complete re-building of the Pantheon of Agrippa. The Temple of Matidia (Hadrian's mother-in-law) dedicated.

      121 Temple of Venus and Rome begun. Birth of Marcus Aurelius. Hadrian's 1st journey through the provinces.

      122 Emperor's visit to Britain. He commissions wall. He orders the colony of Aelia Capitolina at Jerusalem. Emperor dismisses Suetonius as his private secretary.

      123 The Augusta Plotina dies, Hadrian wears black for nine days. Peace treaty between Hadrian and Osroes of Parthia, Armenia under the protection of Rome.

      124 Hadrian in Greece initiated into Eleusinian mysteries.

      125 Work begins on Hadrian's Villa near Tivoli. Plutarch dies in Greece.

      126 Hadrian presides over the Great Dionysia.

      127 Hadrian in Rome. Becomes Pater Patriae.

      128 Hadrian's Wall completed Emperor in Athens. He dedicates the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Hadrian takes title "Olympius".

      129 Hadrian's 2nd journey through the Empire.

      130 Death of Juvenal, born c.65. Hadrian's boyfriend Antinous drowns in the Nile.

      131 Foundation of Antinoopolis in Egypt.

      132 Jewish revolt under Bar Kochba and Eleazar.

      133 Jerusalem and Caesarea held by the Romans.

      134 Hadrian back in Rome. Arrian, governor of Cappadocia, defeats an invasion by the Alans from Russia.

      135 Temple of Venus and Rome dedicated. Bar Kochba revolt ends - dispersal of Jewish people. Death of the Stoic Epictetus (born c.55) in Nicopolis, Epirus.

      136 Death of Vibia Sabina. Hadrian falls ill adopts Lucius Ceionius Commodus.

      137 Completion of Via Hadriana.

      138 Death of Commodus, adoption of Antoninus. Hadrian dies at Baia. ANTONINUS succeeds as Imperator Titus Aelius Caesar Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius Pont. Max. (born Lanuvium 86). His wife: Annia Galeria Faustina.

      139 Hadrian and Sabina buried in The Mausoleum of Hadrian. Hadrian declared 'divus' against will of Senate. Antoninus 'Pater Patriae'.

      140 Death of Empress Faustina, Temple voted in her honour.

      143 The Brigantes in Britain become subjects. Antonine Wall built in Scotland.

      144 Speech of the Greek orator Aelius Aristides in praise of Rome.

      145 Aurelius marries Antoninus' daughter Faustina.

      146 War in Africa. Templum Divi Hadriani dedicated (Piazza di Pietra).

      147 Aurelius made Caesar and Consort in the Empire.

      148 Celebration of Rome's 900th anniversary.

      155 War with Parthia. Antoninus in the East.

      161 Antoninus dies from eating too much cheese at his palace in Lorium near Rome. The scholar Lucius Aelius Stilo born. MARCUS AURELIUS emperor.


      The Coronation of the Hun

      Originally posted by Thermopylae
      613 AD - Muhammad begins to preach Islam publicly.

      620 AD - Death of Theodotus Augustus. Ascension of Petrus as Emperor of the West.

      Medina is converted to Islam.

      Thermopylae

      Interesting timeline Thermopylae

      Hmm, it seems that Islam for the moment follow the same chain of events that in OTL, but in TTL it seems that the Sassanid Empire is far stronger than in OTL and Roman Empire is now in peace with Persia (after giving Persia the southern half of Mesopotamia) so the two empires are far better prepared than in OTL to defend against arabs.
      I suppose so than the arabs could be defeated by persians and romans when they try to expand outside the arabian peninsula ?

      Nicole

      Thermopylae

      It did, (Belisarius). But I do see your point (that war was long ago). Hmm. I may have to go back and revise my update.

      Either way, the Muslim hordes are going to win big ITTL, but just how big I'm not sure yet. They are for certain going to defeat the divided Romans, however the Sassanids. Hmm.

      Edit: This here may make a case for the Sassanid's Fall ITTL:

      Basileus

      Thermopylae

      MerryPrankster

      Iñaki

      It is possible and probable that at the end the joint arab tribes could defeat the Sassanids and romans (although also is probable the possibility of a defeat of the arabs) in all cases I think as say Imajin that without that great war that devastated the two empires in OTL the initial positions of romans and sassanids will be stronger than in OTL and althoug is possible that the arabs could defeat the two empires it will cost far more fight and it will a slower conquest than in OTL.

      Thermopylae

      From the Death of Theodotus to the Death of Leo Fortis

      620 AD - Death of Theodotus Augustus. Ascension of Petrus as Emperor of the West.

      Medina is converted to Islam.

      621 AD - Death of Tiberius. Ascension of his son Pius as the ruler of the Empire of Constantinople.

      625 - 627 AD - Rebellion brews in Gaul and Spain. It is the inevitable result of the emergence of the manorial system, and the apparent freedom of the new Slavic peoples that have entered the Roman empire. Petrus utilizes the Roman army to violently put down these revolts.

      630 AD - Western Slavs elect Gwrytheyrn, a Welsh or Cornwallis (the latter being most likely) man of some importance (exact status unknown), who fled the Frankish onslaught, is elected king of the Western Slavs.

      Muhammad’s armies take Mecca bloodlessly.

      632 AD - Death of the Prophet Muhammad. Ascension of Abu Bakr as the first caliph, Successor of the Prophet.

      Khan Kubrat establishes Great Bulgaria. In doing so the Bulgars throw off the status as Roman client state. This triggers a chain-reaction among the client states.

      634 AD - Death of Abu Bakr. Rise of Omar as Caliph. Arabs invade Palestine. The Roman Empire of Antioch is ill-prepared to defend against the zealous onslaught, hell-bent on the capture of the Holy Land. In that same year Damascus falls to the Muslims.

      The failure of the Eastern Roman Empire to defend itself against the Arabs stems from the fact that it is divided, and the very unified and powerful Western Empire is too busy putting down the odd revolt led by a shadowy local ruler here and there. The Huns, as has previously been mentioned, are very different from what they were in 450.

      While still a Horse culture, and while they still speak a unique language, the wealth of the Romans has made them sedentary and non threatening. More and more Huns over the years were content with settling down rather than join the army, and learned horseback skills for tradition rather than practicality’s sake.

      The Roman Empire found itself in a condition similar to that of 449 AD.

      635 AD - Death of Prudentius. Ascension of his son Honorius as ruler of the Roman Empire of Antioch.

      636 AD - Arabs invade the Persians, who are also ill-prepared.

      The Muslims overrun Syria.

      City of Basra is founded by the Caliph.

      637 AD - Arabs take Ctestiphon, and many cities in Palestine. Jerusalem still stood, however, being heavily protected by the Roman forces.

      Death of Pius. Ascension of his son Callistus.

      Spurred-on by the weakness of the Romans, more and more client states break away, and raids begin all along the European border.

      638 AD - Destruction of Susa.

      639 AD - At great cost the Muslims take both Antioch and Jerusalem.

      640 AD - Merowig II dies, his son Clodio II taking the throne after him.

      Birth of Theodorus, son of Leo.

      642 AD - Muslims invade Egypt, take Alexandria that same year. The Roman Empire of Trapezus has now officially adopted a “damage-control” strategy, trying to save its core rather than its outlying territories.

      Most historians feel that Honorius, seeing the last of the great cities in his empires’ outliers fall, felt there was no longer a point to the fighting.

      643 AD - Muslims encroach upon Western territory, as Tripoli falls. The Burgundian foederatii are called upon and sent to Carthage, to prepare a defense of the city.

      644 AD - Sigebert dies. His own son suffered a nervous breakdown in battle five years earlier, and was rendered permanently unfit to rule. Reunification of Frankish lands. Resurgence of Frankish power in Britain.

      Death of the Caliph, Omar. Succeeded by Uthman.

      647 AD - Death of Petrus Augustus, Emperor of the West. Ascension of his son Leo.

      649 AD - Arabs take Cyprus. Leo is able to reunite the dying Western Empire, saying that if they do not present a solid front to the Muslim, then all of Christendom is doomed.

      Death of Gwrtheyrn. For reasons unknown, the Western Slavic Kingdom falls into disarray, and that chaos spills over into Roman lands nearby.

      654 AD - Arabs attempt to invade Rhodes, however Callistus puts up an intense fight, and Rhodes is spared. Realizing that the last remnants of the Colossus, precious artifacts, were threatened, the remaining pieces are shipped to Constantinople.

      656 AD - Death of Umar. Succeeded by Ali.

      657 AD - The civil war in the Caliphate begins, as Ali fights Muawiyah, governor of Syria.

      658 AD - Due largely to the civil war in the Caliphate, the Romans regain Antioch, although find it a shell of what it was when they left.

      660 AD - Birth of Leo II, son of Theodorus.

      661 AD - Death of Leo Augustus. Ascension of Theodorus as Emperor of the West.

      Civil war in the Caliphate ends. Mauwiyah ascends to the throne and begins the Umayyad caliph.

      662 AD - The Franks under Clodio begin the first raids into Wales itself in over fifty years. The Franks have near complete dominance of England proper.

      Death of both Callistus and Honorius. Renatus succeeds Callistus, and Maurice (II) succeeds Honorius.

      665 AD - Muslims take Antioch once more.

      666 AD - Renewed by strong leadership, the Muslims push for a final assault on the Sassanids. The Sassanids were tired after many years of war with the Romans and now the Arabs. The people of Persia no longer wished to fight, and the armies of the Shah begin to melt away.

      668 AD - Conquest of the Garamantes by the Caliphate.

      Western Slavs settle down, but re-divide. They are now a collection of smaller units, headed by more local rulers. However, already there are plans being made for stronger local rulers to rise. The Western Slavs will not stay divided forever.

      670 AD - Islamic conquest of Persia completed.

      674 AD - Arabic raids into Anatolia, met with stiff resistance, the Romans having had much time to fortify.

      Death of Clodio II. Ascension of his son, Theodebert II.

      680 - 683 AD - Bulgars migrate into the Roman Empire of Constantinople. The armies here are better prepared than the armies of Trapezus, however the Bulgars succeed due to superior leadership, and are admitted as federates into Dobrudja and Moesia in 681 AD. The Emperor Renatus sees them as a powerful ally, and so chooses not to fight them after losing only a few battles, even after winning a few.

      This move is greatly opposed by the western emperor Theodorus, however Theodorus is prepared to do little about it, as he is ailing, has Arab invasions to contend with, European raids to contend with, and now his own Bulgar problem to worry about.

      Kuber the Bulgar invaded at the same time as Asparukh invaded the East with his Bulgars. He pressed on from Bohemia into Pannonia Minor, which he saw as the soft underbelly of the West. He was proven correct. In 683 he was granted foederate status with land in the Alps, corresponding roughly to the location where the Lombards once occupied, along with land in Pannonia Minor.

      680 AD - Death of Muawiyah. Ascension of Yazid I.

      683 AD - Death of Theodorus Augustus, Emperor of the West. Succession of Leo II.

      Death of Yazid I. Ascension of Muawiyah II.

      687 AD - Construction of the Dome of the Rock has begun.

      691 AD - Dome of the Rock is completed.

      692 - 695 AD - Arabs begin a renewed offensive onward to Armenia. They are turned back, but take much plunder and some land with them.

      695 AD - Theodebert II is succeeded by Clovis III.

      696 - 699 AD - The Arab conquest of Western Rome’s Africa province. In order to get the federates there to fight, they demanded that the Emperor himself lead them.

      In the final assault on Carthage, Leo II tries to rally the broken and battered Roman army. He fails to do so, and is himself killed. His body is recovered in the heat of battle, and the last ship leaving Carthage bears his body back to Rome.

      Leo during his life tried many times to bear a son, but ended up with five daughters. He dies without an heir, after the Senate votes down any bid for an Empress. While officially the Senate has no power over him, he knew that to put a daughter on the throne would invite the assasination of his entire family.

      Leo is posthumously given the title “Fortis”, meaning “The Brave”. Leo the Brave is interred in Rome herself, and this date begins the start of Rome’s final collapse.

      A Map of the Roman World at the Death of Leo the Brave

      1. Western Roman Empire
      2. Roman Empire of Constantinople
      3. Roman Empire of Trapezus
      4. Client States still loyal (to some degree)
      5. Eastern Bulgars
      6. Eastern Slavs
      7. Western Bulgars
      8. Burgundians
      9. Western Slavs

      -Light Gray is various barbarians

      -Dark Blue is the Frankish Kingdom under Clovis III. Basically they rule England proper, excepting the northern end of Northumbria.


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