Episode 200 – A Tribute to Professor Mark Whittow

Professor Mark Whittow

Professor Mark Whittow

For our 200th show I pay tribute to the scholar who has had the most influence on this podcast – Professor Mark Whittow. Sadly Professor Whittow died in 2017 and he is a huge loss to academia and Byzantine Studies in particular. I take you through three articles he wrote about political power in Byzantium to give you a taste of the kind of insights that have shaped the podcast.

For more information on Professor Whittow:




A Memorial

Remembering Mark Whittow

The three articles discussed in today’s episode were:

“Staying on Top in Byzantium” in Mélanges Jean-Claude Cheynet, Eds Béatrice Caseau, Vivien Prigent and Alessio Sopracasa, ACHCByz

“The Second Fall – the place of the 11th century in Roman History” in  Byzantium in the 11th Century: Being in Between, Eds Marc D. Lauxtermann and Mark Whittow, Routledge

“How the east was lost: the background to the Komnenian reconquista” in Alexios Komnenos, 2nd Belfast Byzantine international colloquium, Eds Margaret Mullett and Dion Smythe

Download: A Tribute to Professor Mark Whittow

RSS Feed: The History of Byzantium

If you want to send in feedback to the podcast:

– Either comment on this post.

– Or on the facebook page.

– Leave a review on Itunes.

– Follow me on Twitter

Categories: Podcast | 5 Comments

Post navigation

5 thoughts on “Episode 200 – A Tribute to Professor Mark Whittow

  1. David

    Rest in peace Mr. Whittow. Seems like he was a valuable scholar and a good person altogether.

  2. Peter

    Robin. This is a wonderful tribute and a very special episode. The insight into the Medieval mind is refreshing and, like so much of your podcast, brings the people of Byzantium to life. It is very fluent and really enjoyable to listen to. Wonderful work! Thank you and best wishes!

  3. PawelS

    So a stratigos earned 3.6 km^2 of land annually – 50 pounds of gold annually, and were 72 gold coins in a pound, and 1 hectare of land cost 10 gold coins. Very interesting episode.

  4. Bruce Tutcher

    Thanks so much. He is probably my favorite author on the Byzantine Empire. So succinct. Especially his cool analysis, without any favoritism towards any of the players, of the geopolitics of the region over the centuries.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: