Episode 161 – Not Yet Holy Roman Emperors

Otto the Great (/rorate-caeli.blogspot.com)

Otto the Great (/rorate-caeli.blogspot.com)

We talk about developments in the Frankish realm as they relate to Byzantium across the past century.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 160 – Why Italy Matters

Bari today

Bari today

We talk about the big picture status of Italy during the 10th century and why it mattered to Byzantium.

Period: 913-1025

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Byzantine Stories. Episode 6 – Demetrios of Thessalonica. Part 2 – The Saint We Needed

The Saint thanks the men who rebuilt his home from the Church of St Demetrios

The Saint thanks the men who rebuilt his home (from the Church of St Demetrios)

In Part 2 we continue on into the 7th century as Thessalonica survives intact where so few other Roman cities did. We then see Demetrios’ fame spread and explore why.

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The Church of St Demetrios today

The Church of St Demetrios today

The Saint guards children from the Church of St Demetrios

The Saint guards children (from the Church of St Demetrios)

 

 

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Byzantine Stories. Episode 6 – Demetrios of Thessalonica. Part 1 – Becoming the Frontier

The Martyrdom of St. Demetrios (2.bp.blogspot.com)

The Martyrdom of St. Demetrios (2.bp.blogspot.com)

In Part 1 we have a brief look at Thessalonica’s history and chart the growth of the cult of Demetrios. Then we conclude with the most dramatic incident to befall Thessalonica during the 6th century. The great siege of 586 when the Slavs and Avars attacked. An incident that didn’t make it into the podcast narrative. It is both the city’s darkest hour and the Saints’ finest.

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An icon of Saint Demetrios (omhksea.org)

An icon of Saint Demetrios (omhksea.org)

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Episode 159 – Rest in Peace

Myrelaion of Romanos Lekapenos

Myrelaion of Romanos Lekapenos

Some of the Imperial Sarcophagi (Istanbul Archeological Museum)

Some of the Imperial Sarcophagi (Istanbul Archeological Museum)

We discuss Byzantine funeral practices and the burial places of Emperors.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 158 – The Legend Slayer

It never happened but it does look cool. Picture by Vasil Goranov

It probably never happened but it does look cool. Picture by Vasil Goranov

I answer some listener questions about Basil II and Byzantine first names.

Period: 913-1025

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Update on the schedule and Istanbul

An update on the podcast schedule and the Istanbul project: here

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Episode 157 – The Culmination

Basil II in Georgia

Basil II in Georgia

We cover Basil’s last few years as he deals with the Fatimids, the Georgians and his own rebellious soldiers. We then wrap up his reign and bring our century to a close.

Period: 1019-1025

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Episode 156 – The Half Blind Leading the Blind

Reconstruction of Samuil of Bulgaria

Reconstruction of Samuil of Bulgaria

We discuss campaigning in the Balkans, the end of the Bulgarian war and the legend of the Bulgar Slayer.

Period: 1004-1019

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Basil II at the walls of Ohrid (pinterest)

Basil II at the walls of Ohrid (pinterest)

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Episode 155 – The Year 1000

Basil II in generic action (worldhistoryplus.com)

Basil II in generic action (worldhistoryplus.com)

Basil continues his campaigns against the Fatimids and the Bulgarians. We also discuss the turning of the year 1000.

Period: 997-1004

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