The new Emperor Tiberius II decided to throw the Empire’s strength into the war with Persia. He spends liberally and recruits new men to bolster the Eastern Empire. His General Maurice wins him great victories in the East but the Avars and Slavs are quick to take advantage of the weak Danube frontier. Justin II and Khosrau both leave the stage.
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Here is a question for your future podcast you requested at the end of this podcast. What was life like for the average Jewish person in the Byzantine Empire during this time period? Were they free to practice their religion or did they face persecution? I would be delighted to hear this topic discussed.
Hi. I am very curious in the Eastern front as the “Romans” seems more and more incapable of defeating the Sassanian armies. Does Persia outnumber the Empire now? It would be helpful to know the relative strength of the two empires at this point, e.g. population, troop number, economy.
Josh – excellent, thanks.
Richard – also very good question. That answer may come through the story, I will see how I go…
I’d love to hear something about the calendars in use at the time. It was in the sixth century that the “Anno Domini” calendar was developed, but it wasn’t in widespread use for another couple centuries. There’s the Ad Urbe Condita system, but maybe others were in use too?
Hi Robin. You’ve taught us so much about what actions the emperors take and what results they yielded in the grand scheme of things, but what I also would really like to learn more about is what daily life looked like for them. I realise that it is probably a very hard thing to tell us more about, because of a lack of sources, but anything you can find out about this would really be greatly appreciated!
Thanks anyway. Kind regards, Matt