Episode 62 – God’s Punishment

St. Anastasius in his Monastery. Rembrandt, 1631 (from Wikipedia)

St. Anastasius in his Monastery. Rembrandt, 1631 (from Wikipedia)

John of Damascus, from an icon (from Wikipedia)

John of Damascus, from an icon (from Wikipedia)

 

 

What did the Romans think was responsible for their defeats? We look at the Christian thought-world of the 7th century and the reactions from Byzantium and those left behind in the Caliphate.

 

 

Period: 602-695

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Episode 61 – Why did the Romans Survive?

We look at the changes the Roman army and government went through in the 7th century and consider why the Romans survived.

As ever the survival of the Roman Empire owes a lot to its capital (from Wikipedia)

As ever the survival of the Roman Empire owes a lot to its capital (from Wikipedia)

Period: 602-695

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Episode 60 – Looking West

We look West at Spain, Gaul and Italy to see what has changed since 600AD. Then we head into the Balkans to peer into the darkness and try to understand who lived there.

Europe and the Near East in 700 (from worldhistorymaps.info)

Europe and the Near East in 700AD (from worldhistorymaps.info)

Topographical map of the Balkans (from wikipedia)

Topographical map of the Balkans (from wikipedia)

Period: 602-695

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Episode 59 – Why did the Arabs win? Part 4: The Conquest Society

Now that the Arabs have conquered Syria and Mesopotamia how did they organise themselves? And how did this contribute to their continuing military victories?

Coin of Yazdegerd III during the last years of his reign (from Wikipedia)

Coin of Yazdegerd III during the last years of his reign (from Wikipedia)

Period: 602-695

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Sale Episode on The Origins of Islam

Find out how you can buy the sale episode on the Origins of Islam by listening to this episode.

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Coin from Palestine 647-58 (from "Did Muhammad Exist?" by Robert Spencer

A coin from Palestine 647-58 (from “Did Muhammad Exist?” by Robert Spencer)

A coin from Syria 686-87 (from "Did Muhammad Exist?" by Robert Spencer)

A coin from Syria 686-87 (from “Did Muhammad Exist?” by Robert Spencer)

A coin from Palestine in the reign of Muawiyah (from "Did Muhammad Exist?" by Robert Spencer)

A coin from Palestine in the reign of Muawiyah (from “Did Muhammad Exist?” by Robert Spencer)

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Episode 58 – Why did the Arabs win? Part 3: They Wanted it More

We explore more issues surrounding why the Arabs won. We look into their society. We explore the great battles themselves and the armies who fought in them.

Arabia and the Fertile Crescent in 600 AD

Arabia and the Fertile Crescent in 600 AD from Wikipedia

Period: 602-695

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Islam Origins Sale Episode

Please DON’T buy the Islam Origins sale episode even though it is listed as for sale. We have not sorted out some technical issues yet.

I will release a podcast announcing its availability when it’s ready. I will also explain what you need to do then if you have or don’t have an existing account.

To the few of you who have paid already I will get you the episode as soon as it’s ready.

Thanks for your patience,
Robin

 

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Episode 57 – Why did the Arabs win? Part 2: In the Shadow of the Sword

Tom Holland author of the book "In the Shadow of the Sword"

Tom Holland author of the book “In the Shadow of the Sword”

An interview with Tom Holland, author of the book “In the Shadow of the Sword.” The book traces the origins of Islam by looking at the Jewish, Roman and Persian worlds of late antiquity. In the interview he gives his views on how this process worked and then I ask him why did the Arabs win?

Period: 602-695

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Episode 56 – Why did the Arabs win? Part 1: The Sources

Why can’t we entirely trust the traditional Islamic account of the conquests?

Period: 602-695

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Episode 55 – Why did the Romans lose?

Why did the Romans lose control of their Eastern provinces so easily?

The terrain of Europe and the Middle East from Colin McEvedy's Atlas of Medieval Europe

The terrain of Europe and the Middle East from Colin McEvedy’s Atlas of Medieval Europe

Period: 602-695

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