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Episode 192 – Feeling Blank

Nomisma histamenon of Constantine X Doukas

Nomisma histamenon of Constantine X Doukas

Constantine X Doukas spends his reign doing little to help the eastern front. We explore the possible reasons for this inactivity. We also cover Doukas’ death and the oath he made his wife swear.

Period: 1059-67

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Episode 191 – The Sack of Ani

Nomisma histamenon of Isaac I Komnenos

Nomisma histamenon of Isaac I Komnenos

Isaac Komnenos comes to power urgently trying to restore the budget. But when he dies two years later his successor Constantine X Doukas reverses his economising. As he cuts from the military budget instead Turkic raiders sack the Armenian city of Ani.

Period: 1057-64

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Episode 190 – The End of the Macedonian Dynasty

Nomisma histamenon of Michael VI

Nomisma histamenon of Michael VI

Theodora resumes control of the Empire but dies a year later. Her eunuchs choose Michael Bringas to replace her but he is not approved of by the Empire’s military establishment.

Period: 1055-57

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An interview with Barry Strauss – Author of ’10 Caesars’ and the ‘Antiquitas’ podcast

An interview with Professor Barry Strauss about his new book ’10 Caesars’ and his podcast ‘Antiquitas.’ I quiz him about the two Emperors with most relevance to Byzantium: Diocletian and Constantine.

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Backer Rewards Episode 14 – The City of Rome with Steve Guerra

The History of the Papacy podcast with Steve Guerra

The History of the Papacy podcast with Steve Guerra

Our fourteenth Kickstarter backers reward episode looks at the city of Rome and its development from the height of Antonine Rome to the post Justinian world of Gregory the Great. You will be in the capable hands of Steve Guerra from the History of the Papacy Podcast.

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Backer Rewards Episode 13 – The Byzantine Legacy

Our thirteenth Kickstarter backers reward episode looks at the legacy of Byzantium and why it seems so forgotten today.

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Episode 189 – End of Act Two

Sultan Tughril Beg on 1 Manat 2009 Banknote from Turkmenistan

Sultan Tughril Beg on 1 Manat 2009 Banknote from Turkmenistan

As Constantine IX leaves the stage we see him desperately searching for ways to raise tax revenue.

Period: 1054-55

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Episode 188 – The Great Schism

Painting of Pope Leo IX from St Kilian Church, Dingsheim, France

Painting of Pope Leo IX from St Kilian Church, Dingsheim, France

The rapacious behaviour of the Normans in Italy brings together an alliance against them. The Byzantines and the Papacy try to get on the same page but discover that they may never be able to.

Period: 1054

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Episode 187 – Hey Big Spender

Principle stages in the debasement of the nomisma (from the Economic History of Byzantium, Dumbarton Oaks)

Principal stages in the debasement of the nomisma (from the Economic History of Byzantium, Dumbarton Oaks)

After the Pecheneg Wars the Roman treasury was empty. We look at Constantine Monomachos’ response to this and other Imperial expenses which may have exacerbated the situation.

Period: 1042-54

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Episode 186 – The Pecheneg Wars

Pecheneg tribesman from Byzantine Armies 886-1118 by Osprey

Pecheneg tribesman from Byzantine Armies 886-1118 by Osprey

The first large Seljuk raids on the Empire begin a chain of events which unravel Byzantium’s Western defences.

Period: 1047-54

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