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Backer Rewards Episode 3 – What was Istanbul like?

Zeyrek Mosque (former Church of the Pantocrator Monastery)

Zeyrek Mosque (former Church of the Pantocrator Monastery)

Our third Kickstarter backers reward episode features a lot of chat about my trip to Istanbul. I talk about the experience of visiting for the first time and answer listener questions.

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Backer Rewards Episode 2 – A Day in the Life of a Podcaster

Our second Kickstarter backers reward episode featuring some book recommendations and me describing a day in the life of a podcaster.

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Episode 168a – Travellers to Constantinople

Equestrian statue of Justinian with Theodosius marking (Antoine-Helbert.com)

Equestrian statue of Justinian with Theodosius marking (Antoine-Helbert.com)

The Cross-reliquary of Limburg

The Cross-reliquary of Limburg

We go through the sources used to construct episode 168. We survey foreign visitors to Constantinople and the thoughts of local Byzantines on their monuments. Through this survey we begin to discover the Byzantine sense of their past.

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Episode 168 – A Guided Tour

The weeping column in Hagia Sophia (livingtuscany.wordpress.com)

The weeping column in Hagia Sophia, one of the spots that pilgrims sought cures (livingtuscany.wordpress.com)

What would a foreign visitor to Constantinople expect to see and hear?

Period: 913-1025

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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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Post Script to episode 166

An explanation and some credits from Episode 166 – To The City. Download it here.

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Check out the Ancient Faith website to find out more about “Chants from Balamand” the CD which features the clip of the Trisagion I played during the episode.

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Episode 166 – To The City

Icon of St George (blessedcelebration.com)

Icon of St George (blessedcelebration.com)

You visit Constantinople, guided by a stranger.

Period: 913-1025

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Backer Rewards Episode 1 – Byzantine Games

Byzantium board game

Byzantium board game

Justinian the board game

Justinian the board game

Byzantio the board game

Byzantio the board game

Our first Kickstarter backers reward episode showcasing the Byzantine board and role playing games available.

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Episode 165 – The Eagle and the Frogs

Icon of Theophylact of Ohrid

Icon of Theophylact of Ohrid

We explore the reasons why the Bulgarians never became Romans.

Period: 913-1025

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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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