Episode 139 – All In A Day’s Work

Bagratuni Armenia circa 1000

Bagratuni Armenia circa 1000

We cover Nicephorus’ foreign policy issues during his final two years in office. Armenian, Bulgarian and Italian concerns then go on hold for one last march through Syria.

Period: 968-9

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3 thoughts on “Episode 139 – All In A Day’s Work

  1. I must say it is remarkable in many ways that Byzantium during the 10th century had not one but three men who were content to have co-emperors from another dynasty with a better claim to the throne than them. Admittedly in the case we are currently covering, it is perhaps not entirely a bad thing that Nicephorus and John died when they did, it is rather hard to see Basil II being as compliant as Constantine VII.

    Also a quick question for the end of century tour – I am proudly a little too proud of the fact that I guessed that you would be going up to 1025 BTW, – what is your favorite depiction of Byzantium in historical fiction and do you think the image of the empire has improved in recent years?

    • I will probably have to throw the fiction question out to the listeners as I haven’t read that much. Do you have one? Also do you think there has been any mainstream coverage of Byzantium recently?

  2. Hermes

    Interesting focus on Nikiphoros Focas lately. You might be interested to know he has been quite a popular figure in modern Greek letters. As far as I know, two tragedies have been written with Focas as the central figures, one by Nikos Kazantzakis (author of Zorba the Greek) and another by Aristomenos Provelengaios.



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