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Backer Rewards Episode 16 – Russia and Byzantium with Professor Sergey Ivanov

Our sixteenth Kickstarter backers reward episode looks at the relationship between Byzantium and the Rus and later Russia in conversation with Professor Sergey Ivanov.

Professor Ivanov is a Russian scholar who has been studying Byzantium for many decades. He currently works in the Institute of Oriental and Ancient Studies at the National Research University “Higher School of Economics” in Moscow. 

He has written several books about Byzantium as well as contributing hundreds of articles to the field. His areas of study include Byzantine religious missions, the cultural influence of Byzantium on the Rus’, Holy Fools and Constantinople itself. He has also taken part in public lectures and debates on the legacy of Byzantium in modern Russia.

To see his full list of publications please click here . His books ‘Holy Fools in Byzantium and Beyond’ and ‘Pearls before Swine: Missionary Work in Byzantium’ have been translated into English. As have a number of articles and other book chapters. 

To read a public lecture which Professor Ivanov gave in 2009 about “The Second Rome as Seen by the Third: Russian Debates on the “Byzantine Legacy” please click here.

Download: Russia and Byzantium with Professor Sergey Ivanov

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The House of War (special episodes)

Map of the locations in our story

Map of the locations in our story

Gumusler Monastery (planetware.com)

Gumusler Monastery (planetware.com)

Derinkuyu underground caves (planetware.com)

Derinkuyu underground caves (planetware.com)

Zelve cave homes (planetware.com)

Zelve cave homes (planetware.com)

Ihlara Valley (planetware.com)

Ihlara Valley (planetware.com)

A dovecot from Life and Society in Byzantine Cappadocia by Cooper and Decker

A dovecot from Life and Society in Byzantine Cappadocia by Cooper and Decker

As part of the 2018 Istanbul Kickstarter I was commissioned to create new fictional stories based around episode 89 of the podcast. The stories (based on the sources) describe life along the Byzantine-Arab frontier circa 850AD. They continue and expand upon the story told in episode 89 where YOU were a foot soldier who had to track and ambush an enemy army. Now we travel to Cilicia to see the Arabs preparing and to Cappadocia to see soldiers and civilians trying to cope with life during the Summer raid.

If you backed the Kickstarter at the third reward tier or higher then the episodes will automatically be added to your account. If you are a subscriber then all four episodes will appear in your account.

NB – you will see parts 1, 2, 3 and 5 are for sale. Episode 89 acts as part 4 of this story. Remember to listen in order for maximum enjoyment.

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Plot your journey across the Roman Empire using the Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World

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Backer Rewards Episode 15 – The Hagia Sophia and Imperial Coronations

The Omphalion on the floor of Hagia Sophia

The Omphalion on the floor of Hagia Sophia

Byzantine polykandela in brass or bronze. (pallasweb.com)

Byzantine polykandela in brass or bronze. (pallasweb.com)

Amelia Carolina Sparavigna, Lidia Dastrù. Some Churches Dedicated to the Holy Wisdom and their Sunrise Orientation. 2018.

Amelia Carolina Sparavigna, Lidia Dastrù. Some Churches Dedicated to the Holy Wisdom and their Sunrise Orientation. 2018.

Our fifteenth Kickstarter backers reward episode looks at some aspects of the Hagia Sophia and the coronation ceremony of Emperors.

Download: The Hagia Sophia and Imperial Coronations

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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.

Download: The City of Rome with Steve Guerra

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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.

Download: The Byzantine Legacy

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Backer Rewards Episode 12 – Harald Hardrada with Noah Tetzner

Window with portrait of Harald in Lerwick Town Hall, Shetland

Window with portrait of Harald in Lerwick Town Hall, Shetland

Our twelfth Kickstarter backers reward episode looks at the life of Harald Hardrada in conversation with Noah Tetzner from the History of Vikings Podcast.

Here’s Noah’s book The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide

Download: Harald Hardrada with Noah Tetzner

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Backer Rewards Episode 11 – The Jewish Communities of Byzantium

Oria in Italy. One of the centre of Jewish learning in Byzantine times

Oria in Italy. One of the centre of Jewish learning in Byzantine times

Our eleventh Kickstarter backers reward episode explores Byzantium’s Jewish communities.

Download: The Jewish Communities of Byzantium

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Backer Rewards Episode 10 – Economy and Population Questions

Major population centres, Palgrave Atlas of Byzantium

Major population centres, Palgrave Atlas of Byzantium

Balkans major population centres, Palgrave Atlas of Byzantium

Balkans major population centres, Palgrave Atlas of Byzantium

Anatolia major population centres, Palgrave Atlas of Byzantium.jpg

Anatolia major population centres, Palgrave Atlas of Byzantium.jpg

Our tenth Kickstarter backers reward episode answers a series of questions about the growing population and economy.

Download: Economy and Population Questions

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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.

Download: The Sweep of History

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Backer Rewards Episode 8 – Greek Fire on Land

A standard Dromon from War at Sea in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

A standard Dromon from War at Sea in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Use of a portable Byzantine flamethrower for Greek fire from atop a flying bridge against a castle. Illumination from the Poliorcetica of Hero of Byzantium.

Use of a portable Byzantine flamethrower for Greek fire from atop a flying bridge against a castle. Illumination from the Poliorcetica of Hero of Byzantium.

Our eighth Kickstarter backers reward episode features questions about the use of Greek Fire on land.

Download: Greek Fire on Land

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