We begin our mini end-of-the-century series by talking about our sources. Huge thanks to Professor Anthony Kaldellis for talking to me about his new book “Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood.” It’s a narrative history covering the period from when Nicephorus Phokas took over the military until the First Crusade. This is only part of our interview focusing on the task of sifting sources to create a more realistic narrative.
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bought the book. great read so far!
Looking forward very much to reading the book, though I’m going to save it until you’ve passed the time period.
Listened to your guest appearance on History Unplugged, which was very much more interesting than I thought it would have been since Justinian feels a bit “done” already. Really enjoyable. Also, I realise that this is a long, long way away (thank the gods!) but I feel like an interesting way to eventually tie up the podcast could be with Greek independence from the Ottomans. Not for the millitary action of that or anything, but just to see how they came to choose being Hellenes instead of Romans. It seems to have been quite an intersting discussion in Greek society at the time, with not just ideology but practicality involved (for example, one of the reasons that it went the way it did seems to have been because it was easier to get support from the European superpowers if you were the descendents of Ancient Greece instead of the “decadent Byzantine Empire” – after all this is only some 40 years after Gibbons book). It seems to me to have been the real death of the possibility of any Roman state (though I’m sure some Romanians would disagree with me).