We get a thorough introduction to Justinian, Justin’s nephew and presumed heir. We look as Justinian’s education and the kind of worldview he was developing. We follow his rise up the ranks from Palace guard to potential Caesar. Then we swing West to see the deteriorating relations with Theodoric’s Italy. After that its East to see how King Kavad responded to the new Emperor and finally down to the Yemmen to see a holy war unfolding.
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Great podcast. I’m an avid follower. I have question. You have said that “someone kept in touch with his friends and family back in somewhere.” How did they keep in touch with each other? The government had a system of passing messages to other parts of the empire and to outside the empire. But what did the normal people do? I don’t think there was a mail service, especially that went outside the empire. Was just giving letters to someone you knew would be going to where you wanted the only way to pass messages? How would you know they got there?