Episode 167 – Five Centuries On

The Mese by Antoine Helbert

The Mese by Antoine Helbert

Panorama by Rocio Espin Pinar

Panorama by Rocio Espin Pinar

We survey the main structures and services of Constantinople to see what has changed since 518 AD (episode 10 of the show)

Period: 913-1025

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3 thoughts on “Episode 167 – Five Centuries On

  1. David Krommer

    Absolutely fabulous, as usual. Many thanks Robin!

  2. STUNNING! MARVELOUS! Hill-filled! 🙂 My onnnnnllllllyyyy quibble is not one based on history, but on my own curiosity: why no mentions yet of polo? I keep seeing “polo grounds” on maps of Constantinople, to the east of the palace complex and the Hagia Sophia. Perhaps this sport’s popularity grew as chariot racing’s diminished?

    • Polo and other horse based games were definitely popular throughout the period of the podcast. And yes there were grounds for horse play in the palace. But it was always an elite activity and I’m not aware of it ever becoming a spectator sport for ordinary people.

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