Episode 178 – Questions VII

Heraclius by Rossen Toshev (from 'Rulers of the Byzantine Empire' published by KIBEA)

Heraclius, only the second best Emperor so far? Outrageous.

Listener questions on Varangians, provincial administration, diplomacy, family mottos and the ever popular top 5 best and worst Emperors.

Period: 913-1025

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Brilliant new artwork by Amy Reilly

Kind listener Amy Reilly designed this new banner for the website. What a star!

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Hello everyone,

Most of you will now be used to hearing adverts before each episode of the podcast. The money from these ads is now a vital part of keeping me podcasting full time. However a few listeners have asked me if they could pay to not hear adverts before each episode. So I’ve put a survey below for anyone interested. If enough people would like an ad-free feed I will try and set one up.

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Episode 177 – Questions VI

Listener questions on houses, slavery, citizenship, vacations and common sayings amongst others.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 176 – Michael Psellos with Peter Adamson

Michael Psellos (left) with his student, Emperor Michael VII Doukas

Michael Psellos (left) with his student, Emperor Michael VII Doukas

An interview with Peter Adamson from the History of Philosophy Without any Gaps podcast. We talk primarily about Michael Psellos and his role in the intellectual history of Byzantium. But we also talk about Byzantine philosophy in general.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 175 – The Turks

Topography of Europe and the Middle East from New Penguin Atlas of Ancient History

Topography of Europe and the Middle East from New Penguin Atlas of Ancient History

The Turks are coming to the borders of Armenia and we examine why.

Period: 913-1025

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Backer Rewards Episode 10 – Economy and Population Questions

Major population centres, Palgrave Atlas of Byzantium

Major population centres, Palgrave Atlas of Byzantium

Balkans major population centres, Palgrave Atlas of Byzantium

Balkans major population centres, Palgrave Atlas of Byzantium

Anatolia major population centres, Palgrave Atlas of Byzantium.jpg

Anatolia major population centres, Palgrave Atlas of Byzantium.jpg

Our tenth Kickstarter backers reward episode answers a series of questions about the growing population and economy.

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Episode 174 – The Economic Recovery

Nea Moni Monastary, Chios, mid-11th century

Nea Moni Monastary, Chios, mid-11th century

Church of Panagia Kapnikarea, Athens, c1050

Church of Panagia Kapnikarea, Athens, c1050

Church of the Holy Apostles, Athens, 10th century

Church of the Holy Apostles, Athens, 10th century

Veljuša Monastery, FYROM, late 11th century

Veljuša Monastery, FYROM, late 11th century

 

We explore the economic recovery of the Empire.

Period: 913-1025

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Backer Rewards Episode 9 – The Sweep of History

Mosaic of Alexander the Great from Pompeii

Mosaic of Alexander the Great from Pompeii

Our ninth Kickstarter backers reward episode discusses the sweep of history during our period and what lies under the maps.

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Episode 173 – Dead Ideas Podcast interview: The Varangian Guard

Robin Pierson as Emperor Justinian with Hagia Sophia

Robin Pierson as Emperor Justinian with Hagia Sophia

I was a guest on the Dead Ideas podcast to discuss the Varangian Guard. We talk about their role in the palace and the field armies and contrast their role to Eunuchs in Byzantium.

Do check out Dead Ideas for episodes covering Titoism, Serfdom, Cuneiform, Vikings and many other fun topics.

Period: 913-1025

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Varangian Guard from Osprey's Byzantine Armies 886-1118

Varangian Guard from Osprey’s Byzantine Armies 886-1118

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