We chart the rise of Basil the Macedonian and his murder of both Bardas and Michael. We also look at how Basil’s descendants would re-brand Michael as “the Drunkard” before saying goodbye to the Amorion Dynasty.
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You’re doing a great job with the podcast, this episode was great. I’m happy to see tHoB in my feed, and the sale episodes have both really been worth it. Keep it up.
I also really liked the format today where you started with the skeleton, and then fleshed it out. It helped me get the broad strokes and settle into the details.
This is a great innovation, I’d suggest you stick with it.
Thanks Robin for another exciting podcast. I’m always refreshing my podcast feed hoping for another podcast to be released. I do like how you tie this story in with examples from earlier in Byzantine History. The fact that Basil would go on to found a successful dynasty does call us to question the actions of the former emperor he deposed. If Basil had been deposed himself I wonder if history would have remembered him to be more like a usurper like Phocas?