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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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Episode 163 – The Magyars, Pechenegs and Rus

Hagia Sophia, Kiev. Begun in early 11th century, restored in later centuries

Hagia Sophia, Kiev. Begun in early 11th century, restored in later centuries

Inside are original Byzantine mosaics. Church fathers L-R St. Laurentlus, Basil the Great, John Chrysostom, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory Wonderworker

Inside are original Byzantine mosaics. Church fathers L-R St. Laurentlus, Basil the Great, John Chrysostom, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory Wonderworker

We trace the interconnected developments of the Magyars, Pechenegs and Rus.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 162 – Venetians and Normans

Pietro II Orseolo (left) and his son Otto

Pietro II Orseolo (left) and his son Otto

We move on to Venice and Normandy to discuss the development of two peoples who will play a key role in the future of Byzantium.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 161 – Not Yet Holy Roman Emperors

Otto the Great (/rorate-caeli.blogspot.com)

Otto the Great (/rorate-caeli.blogspot.com)

We talk about developments in the Frankish realm as they relate to Byzantium across the past century.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 159 – Rest in Peace

Myrelaion of Romanos Lekapenos

Myrelaion of Romanos Lekapenos

Some of the Imperial Sarcophagi (Istanbul Archeological Museum)

Some of the Imperial Sarcophagi (Istanbul Archeological Museum)

We discuss Byzantine funeral practices and the burial places of Emperors.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 158 – The Legend Slayer

It never happened but it does look cool. Picture by Vasil Goranov

It probably never happened but it does look cool. Picture by Vasil Goranov

I answer some listener questions about Basil II and Byzantine first names.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 157 – The Culmination

Basil II in Georgia

Basil II in Georgia

We cover Basil’s last few years as he deals with the Fatimids, the Georgians and his own rebellious soldiers. We then wrap up his reign and bring our century to a close.

Period: 1019-1025

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Episode 156 – The Half Blind Leading the Blind

Reconstruction of Samuil of Bulgaria

Reconstruction of Samuil of Bulgaria

We discuss campaigning in the Balkans, the end of the Bulgarian war and the legend of the Bulgar Slayer.

Period: 1004-1019

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Basil II at the walls of Ohrid (pinterest)

Basil II at the walls of Ohrid (pinterest)

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Episode 155 – The Year 1000

Basil II in generic action (worldhistoryplus.com)

Basil II in generic action (worldhistoryplus.com)

Basil continues his campaigns against the Fatimids and the Bulgarians. We also discuss the turning of the year 1000.

Period: 997-1004

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Episode 153 – Basil II

Basil II (from 'Rulers of the Byzantine Empire' published by KIBEA)

Basil II (from ‘Rulers of the Byzantine Empire’ published by KIBEA)

Finally Basil II stands alone as master of the Roman world. Let’s get to know him.

Period: 976-996

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Nomisma histamenon of Basil II (Constantine VIII on right, Dumbarton Oaks)

Nomisma histamenon of Basil II (Constantine VIII on right, Dumbarton Oaks)

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