Episode 43 – Heraclius to the Rescue

Phocas is overthrown by Heraclius but the Empire’s problems are only deepening.

Phocas is delivered to Heraclius (from worldhistoryplus.com)

Phocas is delivered to Heraclius (from worldhistoryplus.com)

Period: 608-612

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11 thoughts on “Episode 43 – Heraclius to the Rescue

  1. Robin,

    A point of clarification…Pompey annexed/conquered Syria in 64 bc/bce (making the Persian conquest in 611 happen roughly 675 years later rather than *some 550 years* mentioned during minutes 21:56-22:06).

    Bob

    Source… http://books.google.com/books?id=f25h1qJLtnAC&pg=PA209&lpg=PA209&dq=pompey+conquered+syria+64bc&source=bl&ots=lbkKrsrbW2&sig=PVd82X2Q3_ex7y17YgDqfeGb7Eg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=VqHbUpSyH47qkQeLkoHADA&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAzgK#v=onepage&q=pompey%20conquered%20syria%2064bc&f=false

  2. Ah, you’re so right. How many ships have foundered on the rocks of BC\AD mistakes? :-)

  3. Josh

    Great eposide as always. I like how this podcast takes history and cuts it down into bite sized episodes.
    An interesting to contrast can be made from the gradual collapse of the Western Empire in the 5th century to the rapid 7th Century collaspe of the Eastern Empire. For the people of the Eastern Empire it must have been a Profound change. It’s a shame there is so little in the way of literary works contemporary with this time.

  4. Josh,

    *…An interesting to contrast can be made from the gradual collapse of the Western Empire in the 5th century to the rapid 7th Century collaspe of the Eastern Empire.* True.

    *For the people of the Eastern Empire it must have been a Profound change.* Yes and no…Yes much land was lost and never regained; No in the sense that Constantinople wasn’t taken (despite two sieges…674-78 and 717-18…whereas Rome was (410 and 455). See also Mike Duncan’s closing thoughts (23:02-26.46)… http://thehistoryofrome.typepad.com/the_history_of_rome/2012/05/179-the-end.html

    Bob

  5. I would love to discuss this at the end of the century or even the one after that. From what I’ve read so far the Byzantines seem to have taken a long time to realise what Islam was.

  6. Robin,

    These articles may be of interest…

    http://byzsym.org/index.php/bz/article/viewFile/994/948
    http://www.roman-empire.net/articles/article-012.html
    http://deremilitari.org/2013/09/the-battle-of-manzikert-military-disaster-or-political-failure/
    http://constantinople.ehw.gr/Forms/fLemmaBodyExtended.aspx?lemmaID=11800

    Heraclius’ Persian campaigns, 621-28, were–I believe–the only time Byzantium fought a *holy war* campaign. Its wars against the Arabs and the Turks (both Seljuk and Ottoman) were to regain territory…not to regain Jerusalem and the Holy Land. It had diplomatic relations with its Islamic neighbors. Turkish mercenaries served in Byzantine armies (possibly beginning with Romanus IV). There was at least one mosque in Constantinople before 1453.

    Bob

  7. You’re welcome, Robin, the thoughts/links I brought up are starting points toward finding out more about this aspect of Byzantine history, Bob

  8. Jason

    Brilliant website – after a history of Rome came to an end Jo really felt I wanted more – now I have

    Jason
    London
    Jan 14

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