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Episode 124 – A Roman Story

Mosaic of Alexander from the Hagia Sophia

Mosaic of Alexander from the Hagia Sophia

The new Emperor Alexander dies after only a year on the throne. The next six years see an interregnum as the Patriarch, Empress and leading Generals vie to become the guardian to young Constantine VII.

Period: 912-919

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Episode 123 – Dramatis Personae

Patriarch Nicholas Mystikos

Patriarch Nicholas Mystikos

We review the players in the impending struggle over the throne. And answer some more listener questions on the way.

Period: 802-912

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Episode 122 – Questions V

Byzantine Flag

Byzantine Flag

I answer more of your questions including sports, Iconoclasm, prices, symbols, literature and more.

Period: 802-912

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Episode 121 – The Roman Army in 900AD

The Themes c950AD

The Themes c950AD

The Empire c912 AD

The Empire c912 AD

Byzantine Themes c900 from Palgrave Atlas of Byzantine History

Byzantine Themes c920AD from Palgrave Atlas of Byzantine History

Aside from the rise of the landed magnates there have been some other important changes in the Roman military in the past century. We cover the Themes, recruitment, payment, skirmishing and all the rest.

Period: 802-912

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Episode 120 – The Magnates

Anatolian plateau (Polatli near Ankara from doshgoeseast.blogspot.co.uk)

Anatolian plateau (Polatli near Ankara from doshgoeseast.blogspot.co.uk)

The fruits of the recovery were unevenly distributed. The wealthy landowners of the plateau were building huge estates and developing family histories to go with them.

Period: 802-912

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Episode 119 – Follow the Money

The Forum of Constantine by Antoine Helbert (antoine-helbert.com)

The Forum of Constantine by Antoine Helbert (antoine-helbert.com)

We explore arguments for and against the idea that commerce was a huge source of revenue for Byzantium.

Period: 802-912

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Episode 118 – Revival

Constantinople: the core of Roman survival and revival (Pic by by RadoJavor at deviantart.com)

Constantinople: the core of Roman survival and revival (Pic by by RadoJavor at deviantart.com)

The Romans are finally recovering from three centuries of struggle. One of the lesser-discussed reasons for this was the payments made to the elites for their loyalty.

Period: 802-912

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Episode 117 – Questions IV

Leo VI (Dumbarton Oaks coin collection)

Leo VI (Dumbarton Oaks coin collection)

Its time for some of your questions. We cover queries about the Bulgars, Slavs, Greece, Coins and modern Romania.

Period: 802-912

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Episode 116 – North of the Danube

The Major Varangian trade routes. The Volga route is in red. The Dneiper (and one other) in purple. Existing trade routes in orange

The Major Varangian trade routes. The Volga route is in red. The Dneiper (and one other) in purple. Existing trade routes in orange

We place the Khazars, Magyars, Pechenegs and Rus on the map and explore their relationships with Constantinople.

Period: 802-912

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Episode 115 – The Rise of Bulgaria

Bulgarian Empire c900 AD (from Runciman - First Bulgarian Empire)

Bulgarian Empire c900 AD (from Runciman – First Bulgarian Empire)

The 9th century was a period of amazing social and political change in the Balkans. We follow the Khans as they plot a path toward recognition of their right to exist.

Period: 802-912

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