Byzantine Stories Episode 3 – Porphyrius the Charioteer. Part 1 – The Spectacles

Chariot race in the Circus Maximus (turkeyfile.com)

Chariot race in the Circus Maximus (turkeyfile.com)

Chariot racing depicted on the Lampadii Diptych (art.com)

Chariot racing depicted on the Lampadii Diptych (art.com)

The life of Porphyrius the Charioteer is not one we can dive in to. Very little is known about him but thanks to two unusual sources we can sketch the existence of this fascinating character. In part one we explore the history of Roman spectacles so that we can fully understand the context of Porphyrius’ world.

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2 thoughts on “Byzantine Stories Episode 3 – Porphyrius the Charioteer. Part 1 – The Spectacles

  1. Charles

    Thanks for your ongoing Byzantium work.
    When it finally comes to the time, it would be great if one of your “Byzantine Stories” could cover Gemistos Plethon (1355-1452) and his student Cardinal Basilios Bessarion (1403-1472). Both of their lives would make for fascinating listening.
    Cheers.

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