I answer your 6th century questions from education to eunuchs and food to fleets.
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After listening, I have additional question. How manny people could read in Byzantimu empire?
I.e. not just in the city but average number.
There’s obviously no way of answering that accurately. But I would guess it was something like 1 or 2% of the population. Maybe a slightly higher number of people could read and write a little for the functions of their trade or profession but wouldn’t have been able to read a book.
I’m just catching up to this podcast now and am only at episode 8, but I really wish I could have shown you this website: http://geacron.com/home-en/?&sid=GeaCron543854 at that time. It would have solved so many issues with mapping the ever changing geopolitical situations you’re moving through since it shows the whole world every year. It of course has a few bugs and inaccuracies, but no major ones that are relevant to this podcast.