Episode 164 – Don’t Believe Your Map

Colin McEvedy's Atlas of Medieval Europe. I love it but it is misleading

Colin McEvedy’s Atlas of Medieval Europe. I love it but it is misleading

A lovely looking but very misleading map 1045

A lovely looking but very misleading map 1045

My map of the Balkans duing 11th century

My map of the Balkans duing 11th century

Camridge History of Byzantium Balkans map

Camridge History of Byzantium Balkans map

Serbia and Croatia in the 11th century from Byzantium's Balkan Frontier by Paul Stephenson

Serbia and Croatia in the 11th century from Byzantium’s Balkan Frontier by Paul Stephenson

The maps commonly used in books and the internet give a misleading impression of the Byzantine occupation of Bulgaria. We tour the Balkans and discuss the reality on the ground.

Period: 913-1025

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4 thoughts on “Episode 164 – Don’t Believe Your Map

  1. ArcticXerxes

    At 22:25, “Inside was enough cash to pay an imperial garrison” repeats.

  2. Wouter B

    Very interesting. I love how this podcast can present information in a new and enlightening way. I didn’t realise how misleading those nice maps could be.

  3. Vancho A.

    At 22:37 – “..maps implying that the Eastern Balkans were a Roman Province fully under the control of Constantinople, misunderstand reality.”

    I suppose you mean the ‘Western Balkans’ as the context implies, being about the Serb and Croatian realms in the Western Balkans and how their rulers remained de facto independent from Byzantium.

    My apologies if I come out as being pretentious, I’m just trying to clarify stuff 🙂

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