Episode 180 – Stumbling Forward

The murder of Romanos III Argyros from the Chronicle of John Skylitzes.

The murder of Romanos III Argyros from the Chronicle of John Skylitzes.

Romanos III is faced with the same problems which troubled his predecessor. He decides that a campaign against Aleppo will solve some of his problems. Meanwhile Zoe is left alone and frustrated in the Palace.

Period: 1028-34

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4 thoughts on “Episode 180 – Stumbling Forward

  1. Tom Roche

    [Note: this is a comment about the podcast/series “web infrastructure,” not about this episode. Apologies if such feedback should go elsewhere.]

    Longtime listener, love the show. However, there are 2 problems I’d like to see fixed, which would probably help OP:

    1. The RSS feed (which is how I get your content) has metadata channel/link=http://www.acast.com/thehistoryofbyzantium . Most RSS readers will use that to direct there (i.e., to your main Acast page) folks who want to navigate back to your main site. Such listeners will probably be much happier (certainly able to get much more of your content) if they instead goto https://thehistoryofbyzantium.com/ (i.e., your main WordPress page). So I suggest you edit whatever generates your RSS feed to change channel/link to https://thehistoryofbyzantium.com/ .

    2. In section=Links of your WordPress template, you link to http://www.humanities.uci.edu/sasanika/ , which currently 404s. You should change that to https://www.sasanika.org/ .

  2. Constantine

    I recommend one 11th century episode entirely devoted to Strategicon of Kekaumenos. I think your listeners will enjoy the military and social nuggets in the manual of Katakalon Kekaumenos.

  3. David Thompson

    I was on Wikipedia reading “The Dead Brothers song”. It is supposed to be a folk song from the 9th century. It would be interesting to hear more folk poetry of stories like it. It really gives you a feeling for the Byzantines as a people. There are allusions to Pagan gods, missing family members from far away, and sadness and death. You could probably spend an hour just analyzing it in terms of how it fits with the historical narrative. It was interesting to read because sometimes the political history is so engaging that I sometimes forget that there were millions of people in the empire that had to have contributed to the culture in ways we don’t get to see that often.

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