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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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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