Byzantine Stories

Backer Rewards Episode 9 – The Sweep of History

Mosaic of Alexander the Great from Pompeii

Mosaic of Alexander the Great from Pompeii

Our ninth Kickstarter backers reward episode discusses the sweep of history during our period and what lies under the maps.

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Byzantine Stories. Episode 7 – Women in the Roman World. Part 3 – Exceptions to the Rule

 

Fulvia Flacca Bambula

Fulvia Flacca Bambula

Hypatia of Alexandria by Jules Maurice Gaspar 1908

Hypatia of Alexandria by Jules Maurice Gaspar 1908

In Part 3 we get to know some of the women who managed to interest the writers of history. In particular Fulvia, wife of Clodius and Mark Antony. And Hypatia of Alexandria.

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Byzantine Stories. Episode 7 – Women in the Roman World. Part 2 – Daily Realities

Statue of Plancia Magna (readntravel.com)

Statue of Plancia Magna (readntravel.com)

The Arch of the Sergii, Pula (pulacroatia.net)

The Arch of the Sergii, Pula (pulacroatia.net)

In Part 2 we explore women’s daily life in Rome. Though their public roles were limited they still managed to live full lives. Class, death and luck all played their role in determining a woman’s independence.

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Byzantine Stories. Episode 7 – Women in the Roman World. Part 1 – The Lesser Sex

Tarquin and Lucretia by Titian (1571)

Tarquin and Lucretia by Titian (1571)

In Part 1 we examine the ideological world of Roman gender. Women were dismissed as second class by religion, philosophy and medicine. We also explore the practical and legal limits on their freedom.

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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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Byzantine Stories. Episode 6 – Demetrios of Thessalonica. Part 2 – The Saint We Needed

The Saint thanks the men who rebuilt his home from the Church of St Demetrios

The Saint thanks the men who rebuilt his home (from the Church of St Demetrios)

In Part 2 we continue on into the 7th century as Thessalonica survives intact where so few other Roman cities did. We then see Demetrios’ fame spread and explore why.

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The Church of St Demetrios today

The Church of St Demetrios today

The Saint guards children from the Church of St Demetrios

The Saint guards children (from the Church of St Demetrios)

 

 

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Byzantine Stories. Episode 6 – Demetrios of Thessalonica. Part 1 – Becoming the Frontier

The Martyrdom of St. Demetrios (2.bp.blogspot.com)

The Martyrdom of St. Demetrios (2.bp.blogspot.com)

In Part 1 we have a brief look at Thessalonica’s history and chart the growth of the cult of Demetrios. Then we conclude with the most dramatic incident to befall Thessalonica during the 6th century. The great siege of 586 when the Slavs and Avars attacked. An incident that didn’t make it into the podcast narrative. It is both the city’s darkest hour and the Saints’ finest.

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An icon of Saint Demetrios (omhksea.org)

An icon of Saint Demetrios (omhksea.org)

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Byzantine Stories Episode 5 – Roman Healthcare. Part 3 – Byzantine Compromise

Italian copies of Alexander of Tralles' treatises (exhibits.hsl.virginia.edu)

Italian copies of Alexander of Tralles’ treatises (exhibits.hsl.virginia.edu)

In Part 3 we move forward to Byzantium to explore two examples of Byzantine healthcare in action.

Saint Artemios (johnsanidopoulos.com)

Saint Artemios (johnsanidopoulos.com)

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Byzantine Stories Episode 5 – Roman Healthcare. Part 2 – Calcified Caring

Claudius Galen (fineartamerica.com)

Claudius Galen (fineartamerica.com)

In Part 2 we move to Rome and meet Galen, the greatest doctor the Empire produced. We then push on into the Christian era to see how healthcare developed alongside the new religion.

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Byzantine Stories Episode 5 – Roman Healthcare. Part 1 – Choosing Your Provider

Hippocrates (19th century engraving based on Roman busts)

Hippocrates (19th century engraving based on Roman busts)

Part 1 is an overview of the history of Greek medicine. How it developed and what kind of treatments were on offer.

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