Category Archives: Essays

The Devil’s Treasure – Historical Introduction

A Brief History of Syphilis

Why Did Ancient Civilisation Collapse? by Richard Blake

Edward Gibbon: Man of the Enlightenment

Character Development and Language in Historical Fiction

Gay Sex in the Roman Empire

L’Empire byzantin: Une nation grecque défendue par des milices de citoyens armés 

Auf Geister und das Übernatürliche 

Sur les fantômes et le surnaturel 

Do Ghosts Exist?

Is There a God?

Crown of Empire – Historical Introduction

Game of Empires, Video Trailer Score

Young Professional – A Poem

Crime Fiction all’interno dell’Accademia: Le possibilità creative e critiche 

Ficción criminal dentro de la Academia:  posibilidades creativas y críticas 

Crime Fiction innerhalb der Akademie: Die kreativen und kritischen Möglichkeiten 

Fiction criminelle au sein de l’Académie: Les possibilités créatives et critiques

Crime Fiction within the Academy: The Creative and Critical Possibilities

The Joy of Digital Technology: A Personal History

Death in Ravenna – Historical Introduction

How to Learn Greek and Latin

Film and the Roman Empire: Ten of the Best and Worst

Five Recommended Roman Historical Novels (2015)

When was the Best Time to be Alive?

The Joys of Bookbinding

The Future of the Printed Book in the Digital Age

A Brief and Rambling Advertisement for the Works of Richard Blake

Richard Blake on “Why Byzantium?”

In Praise of Byzantium – Why should we remember Byzantium? (2014), by Richard Blake

Fact and Fiction: The Trouble with Historical Novels, by Richard Blake