HISTORY, LEGEND & MYTHOLOGY
I am fascinated by the history of the world. This section allows me to publish material of interest to me and, I hope, to you too.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Bringing back some of my old content. Like, ten years old.
THE LAND OF HIMIKO
THE ORIGINS OF JAPAN
Notes on early Japanese history, with a particular emphasis on the enigmatic figure of Himiko and her possible identification in Japanese sources.
THE ORIGINS OF ROME
Anyone speak Latin? Notes on the history of Rome during the period of the seven kings: Romulus (and Titus Tatius), Numa Pompilius, Servius Tullius et al.
WHO WERE THE CIMMERIANS?
Separating fact from fiction regarding the Cimmerian people.
HEODOTUS' REPORTS ON SCYTHIAN ORIGINS
Herodotan material on the origin of the Scythian people of the Pontic Steppe and Western Asia.
THE THALASSOCRACIES IN GREEK SOURCES
Eusebius and Thucydides preserve lists of powers holding sway over the sea, the thalassocracies.
ON THE HISTORICITY OF ARTHUR
Was there a real Arthur underlying the later mythology?
BRITISH RESISTANCE: THE WARS OF ARTHUR
Both the Gildasian De excidio et conquestu Britanniae and the later Historia Brittonum present a picture of a great Saxon revolt followed by a successful counter-attack by the Romano-Britons.
THE SECOND BATTLE OF BADON
A brief glance at the annals concerning a possible "Second Battle of Badon," which is alleged to have taken place in AD 664-5.