Maurice has a tough decision to make about his role in the Persian civil war. Once that is over he turns his attention to the Balkans. Success in the field is ruined by the cost of paying the army.
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Maurice really was a tragic figure if there ever was one.
I’m a little late with my question, but I’ll still give it a shot. How did the Byzantines refer to themselves and their lands? Romans? Byzantines? Or something else entirely?
Keep up the great work.
Brilliant episode, Robin. I honestly can’t believe how consistently good The History of Byzantium is – I always get excited when it appears in the feed. You’re doing a sterling job and deserve heaps of praise.
It’s such a shame that there’s no contemporary historian and we have to piece together Maurice’s reign a little – what a tragic figure! He actually reminds me a little of Aurelian – military boss, strategic genius who rescued the Empire from multi-fronted doom, but was murdered by troops who couldn’t see past pettier concerns than long-term security. The only difference is that Aurelian’s successors weren’t awful (see Diocletian) while Phocas sounds disastrous.