Rome: Last Man Standing

The Gothic War marked the beginning of the First Siege of Rome; it lasted just over one year, beginning on March 2, 537 before it ended March 12, 538. Background: An eastern branch of Ostrogothic had been conquering the Kingdom of Italy since 493 and as a result had established a kingdom of their own…

The boat that came heading towards us

And there in a boat that came heading towards us Was an old man, his hair snow-white with age, Raging and bawling, ‘Woe to you, wicked spirits! O never hope to see the heavenly skies! I come to bring you to the other shore, To eternal darkness, to the fire and ice. From Dante’s Inferno Canto…