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Episode 178 – Questions VII

Heraclius by Rossen Toshev (from 'Rulers of the Byzantine Empire' published by KIBEA)

Heraclius, only the second best Emperor so far? Outrageous.

Listener questions on Varangians, provincial administration, diplomacy, family mottos and the ever popular top 5 best and worst Emperors.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 177 – Questions VI

Listener questions on houses, slavery, citizenship, vacations and common sayings amongst others.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 176 – Michael Psellos with Peter Adamson

Michael Psellos (left) with his student, Emperor Michael VII Doukas

Michael Psellos (left) with his student, Emperor Michael VII Doukas

An interview with Peter Adamson from the History of Philosophy Without any Gaps podcast. We talk primarily about Michael Psellos and his role in the intellectual history of Byzantium. But we also talk about Byzantine philosophy in general.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 175 – The Turks

Topography of Europe and the Middle East from New Penguin Atlas of Ancient History

Topography of Europe and the Middle East from New Penguin Atlas of Ancient History

The Turks are coming to the borders of Armenia and we examine why.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 174 – The Economic Recovery

Nea Moni Monastary, Chios, mid-11th century

Nea Moni Monastary, Chios, mid-11th century

Church of Panagia Kapnikarea, Athens, c1050

Church of Panagia Kapnikarea, Athens, c1050

Church of the Holy Apostles, Athens, 10th century

Church of the Holy Apostles, Athens, 10th century

Veljuša Monastery, FYROM, late 11th century

Veljuša Monastery, FYROM, late 11th century

 

We explore the economic recovery of the Empire.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 173 – Dead Ideas Podcast interview: The Varangian Guard

Robin Pierson as Emperor Justinian with Hagia Sophia

Robin Pierson as Emperor Justinian with Hagia Sophia

I was a guest on the Dead Ideas podcast to discuss the Varangian Guard. We talk about their role in the palace and the field armies and contrast their role to Eunuchs in Byzantium.

Do check out Dead Ideas for episodes covering Titoism, Serfdom, Cuneiform, Vikings and many other fun topics.

Period: 913-1025

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Varangian Guard from Osprey's Byzantine Armies 886-1118

Varangian Guard from Osprey’s Byzantine Armies 886-1118

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Episode 172 – The Roman Army in 1025 AD

Emperor and guards from Osprey's Byzantine Armies 886-1118

Emperor and guards from Osprey’s Byzantine Armies 886-1118

Heavy cavalry from Osprey's Byzantine Armies 886-1118

Heavy cavalry from Osprey’s Byzantine Armies 886-1118

Byzantine infantry from Osprey's Byzantine Armies 886-1118

Byzantine infantry from Osprey’s Byzantine Armies 886-1118

Lightly armoured troops from Osprey's Byzantine Armies 886-1118

Lightly armoured troops from Osprey’s Byzantine Armies 886-1118

We discuss the past century of success for the Roman military and answer some listener questions

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 171 – The Eastern Frontier

Anatolia and Armenia 1025 AD

Anatolia and Armenia 1025 AD

Simplified military provinces of the Empire 1045

Simplified military provinces of the Empire 1045

We move from Armenia to the rest of the Eastern front to discuss the realities of life under Roman rule.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 170 – The “Conquest” of Armenia

Anatolia and Armenia 1025 AD

Anatolia and Armenia 1025 AD

Simplified military provinces of the Empire 1045

Simplified military provinces of the Empire 1045

Eastern frontier from 'Basil II and the Governance of Empire' by Holmes

Eastern frontier from ‘Basil II and the Governance of Empire’ by Holmes

From Armenia - A Historical Atlas by Hewson

From Armenia – A Historical Atlas by Hewson

We head to the Eastern frontier to see what Byzantium’s expansion into Armenia meant for the Empire.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 169 – Constantinople in 1025

Constantinople in the Byzantine era

Constantinople in the Byzantine era

The Palazzo Farsetti in Venice, built by descendents of Enrioc Dandolo (venicetour.it)

The Palazzo Farsetti in Venice, built by descendents of Enrioc Dandolo (venicetour.it)

Bodrum Mosque, the former Myrelaion Church

Bodrum Mosque, the former Myrelaion Church

Map of the Great Palace from the book The Emperors House

Map of the Great Palace from the book The Emperors House

The Great Palace from The Byzantine Court - Source of Power and Culture

The Great Palace from The Byzantine Court – Source of Power and Culture

Having covered the famous monuments thoroughly we take a look around the rest of Constantinople. We survey changes in the population, harbours, architecture and palace amongst other things.

Period: 913-1025

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