Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hadrian's Wall Development

Hadrian's Wall is a window into the life of Roman Empire at this time. There is probably much we can discover about the Late Roman period by doing further exploration around the Anastasian Wall. There are several forts which have never been excavated, and therefore little is known about their configuation or the lives of the soldiers that were garrisoned there. It should also be noted that the British Heritage Funds spends 3 to 4 million pounds per year on Hadrian's Wall. Hadrian's Wall attracts 50,000 visitors per year and employs many related to the tourists that visit the site. It is hoped that one day the Turkish government one day recognizes the value of the Anastasian Wall. Go to:

Friday, February 18, 2011

Economic Adavantages of the Anastasian Wall

Dr. Alexi Danchev a member of the Anastasian Research Group and Producer of "The Long Anastasian Wall" presented an interesting paper at the HSci2010 - 7th International Conference on Hands-on Science held in Crete in July 2010. Go to to read this paper. There is economic and environmental worth due to the protection of this architectural monument. Suppport the efforts to help preserve, protect, restore and promote tha Anastasian Wall by donating to Kickstarter at:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Byzantium The Lost Empire-Part 1

See comments for links to the other parts of this documentary.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Kickstarter Promotion for "The Long Anastasian Walls"

The clock is ticking for donantions to the help the production team of the documentary. Any size donantion is appreciated. Remember, this is not just a documenary but an effort to bring more awareness to this remarkable monumnet. Go to the Kickstarter site at: to donate.

Helping us spread the word to others about this effort is also greatly appreciated.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Comment on the Legacy of Anastasius

The biggest legacy of the Emperor Anastasius was the defensive walls that he built from the Marmara to the Black Sea. What is often ignored is that Anastasius left behind a surplus in the coffers of the government that enabled later for Justinian to build Hagia Sofia and a large range of other public projects. He also negotiated a treaty with the Persians which enabled a level of stability for Justinian on the eastern frontier, paving the way for Justinian to reconquer some of the lost territory of the Empire.

Why is Anastasius not more widely known, as compared to Justinian? This could be attributed to the lack of an official biographer. Procopius, the official biographer of Justinian, documented his remarkable life. There is evidence that Procopius attributed some of the fortifications that Anastasius built to Justinian. He even made light of the quality of the construction of the long walls that was supervised by Anastasius by indicating that Justinian had to do major repairs to the Wall. The lesson to all politicians is: If you want to more than a footnote in history books, don't forget to hire a biographer that will 'spin' your deeds. Unfortunately, much of what we know about Anastasius comes via the prejudiced view of Procopius.