In response to question three I often invoke the oft-repeated maxim: "history is written by the winners." John, being a professional historian, would probably be in a better position to discuss this truism in further length with some concrete examples which demonstrate how such a trusim has mislead the vast majority of the populace in relation to other historical issues.
In IC XC
"Come and incline your ear to the voice of your Mother who gives you life by the sweet music of her voice. Come and suck the sweet milk of Orthodox doctrine from the living breast of the Mother who bore you" - St Philoxenus of Mabug