Episode 76 – The Dung Named

The interior of the Hagia Eirene restored by Constantine V (Wikipedia)

The interior of the Hagia Eirene restored by Constantine V (Wikipedia)

Constantine V faces a conspiracy against his throne and his response is violent. He continues to rebuild his capital and campaign against the Bulgars. Yet despite all his success he was remembered as the Dung named.

Period: 765-775

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13 thoughts on “Episode 76 – The Dung Named

  1. ArcticXerxes

    Questions: At what point did the Empire once again lose political control of the city of Rome? When and how exactly did the Papal States come into existence?

    Also, do you think we could have an updated map of Italy and the Adriatic soon, so we can see just how much of that area was still under Byzantine rule at this point in history? By the way, I really like the maps you have provided so far.

  2. Ken

    Great Episode. A pity that historians slandered Constantine’s name.
    Q-How were taxes collected? Was it a continuation of the system introduced by Emperor Diocletian or different.

  3. What became of the Senate after the re-population of the city? Any changes, did they still meet? Where there all new members? Did they become even less influential? In what century did they disappear?

    • Chris Cox

      The Senate was already a non-entity around this time. Their last recorded act was in 1204 AD, when they elected a young and unwilling noble, Nicholas Kanabos, as emperor in opposition to Alexios IV Angelos. He never accepted the position and was just as quickly murdered by Alexios V Doukas.

      I’m really enjoying these podcasts. It hurts me that iconoclast emperors like Constantine V and Leo V ‘the Armenian’ don’t get enough respect or information. F-ing ingrates, the iconophiles.

  4. Hi Robin, thanks for the great episode! I always look ahead to your new podcasts. A question for one of the next episodes: As now Byzantine military is on the move again outside of its borders – do we know anything about logistics? How were the soldiers fed? In which way did the army and the navy collaborate during a campaign? How is Byzantine warfare different from Bulgarian warfare? How do we have to envision the composition of the army? How did advancement in the ranks worked, where the officers all from the noble class? Thanks for your diligent work. I like how you take your time for each period and don’t rush through the centuries.
    Also, it there are any data, I would be interested in economic and demographic developments.

  5. Benjamin the Drunkard

    Once again, great episode Robin. It is a shame that Constantine was so slandered by historians. It was interesting to hear an objective, measured analysis of a man that did so much for the empire.

    Along similar lines to Joros’ question, I’m interested in learning how the equipment, tactics and day to day life of the Byzantine military. Did Byzantine generals still refer to the Strategicon? Did they erect fortified, organized camps like their Roman forefathers? Was the army comprised of volunteers, or were they levied conscripts? How had their weaponry been influenced by more than a century and a half of warfare with the Arabs?

  6. Julius

    Hi Robin. Thank you for the effort you put in this. My question is probably a bigger one: Is it possible to give a (chronological) overview about the development of Christianity in the Roman Empire up to now (that is, from Chalcedon to Iconoclasm)? There was some information on the general change of religious worldview in the episode about theodicy, and in other episodes we had some information about it, but not a coherent summary about the history of Christianity in the empire.

  7. Hello! I just wanted to say that I’ve spent the last year and a half listening to The History Rome three full times because I loved it so much and I’ve been craving a continuation of the story through the Byzantine age – and I just found your podcast a few days ago! I’m only on episode 8 right now but I’m excited to catch up and get through the rest of the episodes. Just wanted to let you know that you have a new listener and I’m super excited to learn about the history of Byzantium!

    • gerald hammond

      Yeah I went from Robin and the Byzantine Podcast to Mike and The History of Rome. Mike is good, but Robin is better…I would also recommend Lars Brownworths book “Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire that saved Western Civilization” Its a great read/listen.

  8. Paul Kendrick

    Great episode I very much enjoyed it and gathered much information. You ask for question as to the end of this century, my question is what did the empire know of China given its trade routes.

  9. Rbills

    Were gladiator spectacles still being staged? Are you ok? Maybe I missed it but no new episodes since the 9th….

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