We return to 700AD to chart events in the Caliphate throughout the century. We follow the disintegration of Umayyad rule and the establishment of Abbasid Baghdad.
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Hi! Love the podcast! And have a question given how diligently you work to pronounce place names.
When announcing the podcast series at the beginning of each episode, I hear you pronounce the first syllable of “Byzantium” as rhyming with “why”. But in a recent episode, I heard you pronounce the first syllable of “synod” as “sih”. I got curious and found that the “By-” in “Byzanyium” should have a flat “i” sound, just like the “sy-” in “synod”. Or like the “y” in the surname of the last Anglo-Saxon king of England (Harold Godwynson).
Here is a reference on the web with an aural guide. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/english/Byzantium
Cheers. And I look forward to the next episode!
Yes I know. I followed the common American pronunciation common on podcasts at the time.
Hi, Thank you for the podcast and keep up the great work! My question for you is not directly related to Byzantium, but is there anything let of Abbasid Baghdad? Any remnant of it’s round walls or the House of Wisdom?
Thanks again and I can’t wait for the next episode