Episode 146 – What’s the Plan?

 

Did the Romans dream of reconquering their eastern provinces? Or were their border acquisitions enough?

Period: 913-976

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Episode 145 – The Eastern Conquests

Anatolia 976AD

Anatolia 976AD

We discuss the eastern conquests and how valuable they really were. As well as the deployment and organisation of the military in the borderlands.

Period: 913-976

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Episode 144 – Setting the Table

Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood by Anthony Kaldellis

Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood by Anthony Kaldellis

We begin our mini end-of-the-century series by talking about our sources. Huge thanks to Professor Anthony Kaldellis for talking to me about his new book “Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood.” It’s a narrative history covering the period from when Nicephorus Phokas took over the military until the First Crusade. This is only part of our interview focusing on the task of sifting sources to create a more realistic narrative.

Period: 913-976

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Byzantine Stories Episode 5 – Roman Healthcare. Part 3 – Byzantine Compromise

Italian copies of Alexander of Tralles' treatises (exhibits.hsl.virginia.edu)

Italian copies of Alexander of Tralles’ treatises (exhibits.hsl.virginia.edu)

In Part 3 we move forward to Byzantium to explore two examples of Byzantine healthcare in action.

Saint Artemios (johnsanidopoulos.com)

Saint Artemios (johnsanidopoulos.com)

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Byzantine Stories Episode 5 – Roman Healthcare. Part 2 – Calcified Caring

Claudius Galen (fineartamerica.com)

Claudius Galen (fineartamerica.com)

In Part 2 we move to Rome and meet Galen, the greatest doctor the Empire produced. We then push on into the Christian era to see how healthcare developed alongside the new religion.

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Byzantine Stories Episode 5 – Roman Healthcare. Part 1 – Choosing Your Provider

Hippocrates (19th century engraving based on Roman busts)

Hippocrates (19th century engraving based on Roman busts)

Part 1 is an overview of the history of Greek medicine. How it developed and what kind of treatments were on offer.

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Episode 143 – Strange Trajectories

Byzantine-Arab Wars 780-1180

Byzantine-Arab Wars 780-1180

John's Triumph from the Madrid copy of the Chronicle of John Skylitzes

John’s Triumph from the Madrid copy of the Chronicle of John Skylitzes

John returns home triumphant but must deal with the Fatimid attacks in the east.

Period: 972-6

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I have an opportunity for you to hear a bonus Byzantine Stories episode for free. Just give me a moment of your time.

So, as most of you know, the podcast is now working with Acast. They’re connecting the History of Byzantium with companises whose adverts play at the start of the show.

In order to advertise products that will be of interest to you we’ve set up a listener survey. It’s got about 30 questions and its asking for your demographic information. Its completely anonymous and you won’t have to input your email or anything. It would be really helpful to me if you could take a moment to fill out the survey.

But I know some of you will think – “What do I care? Let other people do that, I can’t be bothered.” Fair enough. What’s in it for you? Well – this is what’s in it for you. I’m currently working on a Byzantine story about Roman medicine. I think its going to turn into a 3 parter. So if I can get 500 listeners to fill out the survey – then you will all get part 1 for free.

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Episode 142 – Brave in Danger

Meeting of Svyatoslav I with Emperor John Tzimiskes (by Klavdy Lebedev)

Meeting of Svyatoslav I with Emperor John Tzimiskes (by Klavdy Lebedev)

John Tzimiskes faces down the Phokas rebellion and then marches for Bulgaria to take on the Rus.

Period: 970-1

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Bulgarian Empire c900 AD (from Runciman - First Bulgarian Empire)

Bulgarian Empire c900 AD (from Runciman – First Bulgarian Empire)

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Episode 141 – How To Get Away With Murder

Sviatoslav of Kiev (from epicworldhistory.blogspot.co.uk)

Sviatoslav of Kiev (from epicworldhistory.blogspot.co.uk)

John Tzimiskes pacifies his domestic and foreign enemies as he consolidates his rule. However the Rus leader Sviatoslav makes the decision to move his capital to the Danube forcing the Romans to respond.

Period: 969-70

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