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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Episode 63 – Byzantine Theodicy with David Gyllenhaal

An interview with David Gyllenhaal, a PHD Student at Oxford University discussing his thesis on how the 7th century changed Byzantine self conception.

Eusebius of Caesarea (from Wikipedia)

Eusebius of Caesarea (from Wikipedia)

Period: 602-695

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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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