Episode 60 – Looking West

We look West at Spain, Gaul and Italy to see what has changed since 600AD. Then we head into the Balkans to peer into the darkness and try to understand who lived there.

Europe and the Near East in 700 (from worldhistorymaps.info)

Europe and the Near East in 700AD (from worldhistorymaps.info)

Topographical map of the Balkans (from wikipedia)

Topographical map of the Balkans (from wikipedia)

Period: 602-695

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12 thoughts on “Episode 60 – Looking West

  1. Erik

    Would be nice if you wrote out the address to your sponsor, couldnt pick up the webaddress from the audio?

  2. Thom

    Hey, I just had a quick comment about one of the listener questions regarding the Vikings and contact with the Byzantines. Many believe that Scandinavian settlers (Vikings) were the basis for the Rus’ people in the mid eighth century. For instance the Rus’ signatories to the Rus’;-Byzantine Treaty of 907 had names like Karl, Farulf, Vermund, Hrollaf, and Steinvith, which are Norse.

    Thought the Rus’ later took adopted slavic customs and nomenclature, I’d say at least through the early Rus’, that the Vikings and the Byzantines actually had significant contact.

    • Yes absolutely but the question was about 700AD. So although the Rus will play a big part in the story they did not exist yet 🙂

      • Thom

        I thought that might have been the case after my original post….wish I’d started it with “SPOILER ALERT”

  3. Ken

    It is real sad to see the once great Empire come to this . At least Basil II will knock some heads and restore the Empire to a degree. Keep up the great work Robin.

  4. Priyankar Kandarpa

    Hi robin
    Just wanted to ask you, how much has life changed in constantinople? Also, did the cities of the east like antioch, chalkis, edessa, dara etc. change too much?

  5. Priyankar Kandarpa

    Oh and congratulations: amazing podcast 60 episodes on!!!

  6. Priyankar Kandarpa

    Also i believe that the successor of bayan i who was bayan ii and then organa

  7. I’m a novelist who’s working on a series of historical novels set in the Mediterranean in the early 700s. This episode is a goldmine of information for me – thank you so much! Looking forward to checking out other episodes of your podcast.

  8. TPH

    Great episode, I love these little mini-tours at the end of each century!

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