Episode 73 – Leo’s Reign in the 730s

The city of Afyonkarahisar in Turkey. This is the site of Akroinon where Leo won his victory in 740.

The city of Afyonkarahisar in Turkey. This is the site of Akroinon where Leo won his victory in 740.

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We look at Leo’s second decade in power. First tracing the military and political developments and then going back to look at the development of Iconoclasm.

Period: 730-741

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Episode 72 – Leo’s Reign in the 720s

The Miliaresion of Leo III and Constantine V (Wikipedia)

The Miliaresion of Leo III and Constantine V (Wikipedia)

We look at Leo’s first decade in power. First tracing the military and political developments and then going back to look at domestic policies.

Period: 718-729

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Episode 71 – Iconoclasm

A Byzantine Icon depicting the Crucifixion, Birth and Resurrection (cytanet.com.cy)

A Byzantine Icon depicting the Crucifixion, Birth and Resurrection (cytanet.com.cy)

Mosaic of St Demetrios with donors from the church of Hagios Demetrios in Thessalonia (Wikipedia)

Mosaic of St Demetrios with donors from the church of Hagios Demetrios in Thessalonia (Wikipedia)

We take a look at the whole period of Iconoclasm as an introduction to this era.

Period: 718-843

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Episode 70 – Zombies of Byzantium

Zombies of Byzantium by Sean Munger

Zombies of Byzantium by Sean Munger

An interview with author Sean Munger about his book “Zombies of Byzantium.” The novel is set during the Siege of 717-18 and sees an outbreak of the undead just as Maslama and Leo battle in Constantinople.

Sean is also the man behind the Cry for Byzantium Twitter Feed. There he tells the history of the Byzantine Empire one tweet at a time.

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Episode 69 – Lost to the West

Greek Fire as depicted in the Madrid Skylitzes

Greek Fire as depicted in the Madrid Skylitzes

Tervel leads the Bulgars on an attack on the Arab forces besieging Constantinople by Vasil Goranov

Tervel leads the Bulgars on an attack on the Arabs by Vasil Goranov

Maslama puts Constantinople under siege. The Romans look to the heavens for a sign that God still favours them.

Period: 717-718

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Episode 68 – Leo III

Leo III (from 'Rulers of the Byzantine Empire' published by KIBEA)

Leo III (from ‘Rulers of the Byzantine Empire’ published by KIBEA)

A solidus of Leo III (from the Dumbarton Oaks collection)

A solidus of Leo III (from the Dumbarton Oaks collection)

We trace the origins of Leo III from his family’s relocation to Thrace, his service in the Caucasus through to his interaction with the invading Arabs.

Period: 705-716

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Episode 67 – The Tightening Noose

Emperors 4, 5 and 6 from the Dumbarton Oaks Coin Collection

Emperors 4, 5 and 6 from the Dumbarton Oaks Coin Collection

Justinian II tries to return to vigorous action but things quickly fall apart. The Arabs advance in the east and a rebellion in Cherson blows up. We meet our fourth, fifth and sixth Emperors.

Period: 705-715

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Episode 66 – The Emperor Strikes Back

Justinian II and Tervel (from 'Rulers of the Byzantine Empire' published by KIBEA)

Justinian II and Tervel (from ‘Rulers of the Byzantine Empire’ published by KIBEA)

Justinian II heads off into exile but dreams of returning to Constantinople. He makes friends in Cherson and talks openly of rebellion. The city’s authorities report this to Apsimar and Justinian flees Cherson looking for an ally who can return him to the throne.

Period: 695-705

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Episode 65 – Seven Emperors

Abd al Malik (from coinweek.com)

Abd al Malik (from coinweek.com)

The Arabs capture Carthage and the new Emperor Leontius is forced to send a fleet to recapture it. When that mission fails the men of the fleet wonder if one of their own might make a better Emperor.

Period: 695-705

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Episode 64 – Questions II

We finish our 7th century tour by answering more of your questions. We cover nose slitting, coins, education, fashion, when did Late Antiquity end and did the Romans miss the Persians?

Period: 602-695

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