The Location of Jerusalem


Read another chapter from my manuscript. The extract called “The Location of Jerusalem on European Mind Maps” tells about the paramount importance of the Holy City for Christendom, especially from the Crusade era. All observers agreed that it was the world’s spiritual center but many also claimed that it was the geographical middle point of the earth.

This is my latest chapter on the scriggler. You can also get familiar with the other extracts from my second manuscript, “The Enchanting Encounter with the East”, on my profile page

(six headlines from the above) as well as view pages from my book, Dawn and Sunset, and about the ancient Israel. You are also invited to make comments.



Weekly Update-January 22nd, 2016


I am making progress on the British Council course “Exploring English: Shakespear”. This week we focused on Romeo and Juliet, reading extracts, listening to interviews with the actress, and appreciating Shakespear’s contribution to the English language. This is my second course on FutureLearn.

I published a new version of my article “The Generation of Exodus”, which tells about the origin of Israel as a nation. Read it at

This is an extended version of the same article published on

A series of seven chapters from my history book “Dawn and Sunset” is available on the same site and estimated by more than 2,500 readers. See my page

An extract from the first edition of Dawn and Sunset has achieved more than 2,800 hits, my second best so far:

I also continued collecting materials for my second book. My current project is Prester John and his impact on East-West relationship throughout the Middle Ages and early modern era. I begin to understand that we’re dealing with the myth which has many faces and adapts various historic circumstances to prolong its survival. One of the “parallel worlds” that I need to examine is the origin and expansion of the Church of the East.


Dawn and Sunset: New Developments


Authorhouse advertised my history book, Dawn and Sunset, in New York Times Sunday Book Review Magazine. Seven chapters from the book are available at

This is a new site where I am looking for a new reader community. My extracts have already been viewed by more than 2,400 readers. Soon I am going to upload two passages from my project on Biblical History.



I have discovered a new site for my articles

On this profile page you can view several chapters from my history book “Dawn and Sunset: A Tale of the Oldest Cities in the Near East”. The Tower of Babel is taken from Introduction: this is an essay comparing the famous Bible legend with the early Mesopotamian civilization. The Birth of Proto-writing is borrowed from Unit III; it describes the early steps of writing as an accounting experiment serving the needs of emerging urban bureaucracy. The Divine Round Dance belongs to Unit IV; it explains the role of the Sumerian calendar. In the Workshop of a Sumerian Sculptor represents Unit V; it traces some trends in monumental sculpture in Sumerian and Akkadian art.

I am going to upload three more chapters on this site and then start publishing articles from my new manuscript.


Self-Examination 21.11.2015


My article, An Outlook on the Sumerian Agriculture, has been viewed by over 3,400 visitors-my personal record so far. It is an old version from the first edition of my book “Dawn and Sunset”. Actually, an introduction to Unit IV about Sumerian agriculture-see

A new, extended version of the whole unit, including the above mentioned extract appears at

This is from the second edition of the book.

Besides, a chapter from Unit 5, Arts and Crafts, devoted to the Sumerian sculpture, was published at

The chapter is called, The Inner World of Statues: In the Workshop of a Sumerian Sculptor. The chapter discusses the meaning of sculptures and the social status of its customers.



“Dawn and Sunset” new cover


Authorhouse and I decided to revise a cover for my book “Dawn and Sunset” in an attempt to raise the sales. The new cover will contain positive extracts from three reviews. The full texts of the reviews can be viewed at my site

in Reviews. The descriptions of the units are presented in Blog.


Gog and Magog


My new research in the project concerns medieval legends referring to the East. The first part deals with Alexander’s Wall and Enclosed Nations. I’d like to expose the core of the legend: the construction of the Iron Gate by Alexander the Great to repel barbarian nomads and various conflations. For example, an association of imprisoned peoples with Gog and Magog of the Apocalypse. The link between their liberation and the Last Days. The identification of the oppressed people with different monsters: the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, the Turks, and the Mongols. The confusion between the Caspian Gates and the Gates of the Caucasus.

My second project is devoted to links between the Latin West and the East. The first three chapters are available at my page at the site:

As I see from statistical reports, different readers have begun to get interested in my blog. You’re welcome to make comments concerning my project.

You can also visit another blog at my site

where I discuss my first book “Dawn and Sunset” whose second edition was published by Authorhouse this year.