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Episode 151 – Bardas Sclerus

The armies of Skleros and Phokas clash (from the Madrid copy of the Chronicle of John Skylitzes)

The armies of Skleros and Phokas clash (from the Madrid copy of the Chronicle of John Skylitzes)

The Iviron Monastery on Mount Athos

The Iviron Monastery on Mount Athos

The civil war continues with Bardas Sclerus and Bardas Phokas locking horns. Although the Imperial side emerge victorious, the price is years of tension with their new Domestic.

Period: 977-983

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Episode 150 – Basil Lekapenos

Proclamation of Bardas Skleros as Emperor from the Madrid copy of the Chronicle of John Skylitzes

Proclamation of Bardas Skleros as Emperor from the Madrid copy of the Chronicle of John Skylitzes

The narrative resumes with Basil Lekapenos elevating his great-nephew Basil II to the throne. However Bardas Sclerus immediately rebels and declares himself Emperor.

Period: 976-77

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Episode 149 – Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood

Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood by Anthony Kaldellis

Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood by Anthony Kaldellis

The full interview with Professor Kaldellis about his book “Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood.” The book is a narrative history from the time when Nicephorus Phokas took charge of the military through till the First Crusade. In our conversation we talk about sources, Basil IIs reign, the Magnates and the struggles of the 11th century.

Period: 955-1099

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Episode 148 – Sources and Magnates

We return to our interview with Professor Kaldellis to discuss Basil II’s reign. We talk about our sources, about his decision never to marry and his relationship with the landed magnates.

Period: 913-976

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Episode 147 – Bulgarian Solidarity

The Balkans 976 AD

The Balkans 976 AD

We look at a series of questions about what’s been happening in Bulgaria since the peace was signed in 927. Why were the Rus able to defeat the Bulgarians so quickly? What did the Roman occupation look like? And more.

Period: 913-976

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Episode 146 – What’s the Plan?

 

Did the Romans dream of reconquering their eastern provinces? Or were their border acquisitions enough?

Period: 913-976

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Episode 145 – The Eastern Conquests

Anatolia 976AD

Anatolia 976AD

We discuss the eastern conquests and how valuable they really were. As well as the deployment and organisation of the military in the borderlands.

Period: 913-976

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Episode 144 – Setting the Table

Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood by Anthony Kaldellis

Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood by Anthony Kaldellis

We begin our mini end-of-the-century series by talking about our sources. Huge thanks to Professor Anthony Kaldellis for talking to me about his new book “Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood.” It’s a narrative history covering the period from when Nicephorus Phokas took over the military until the First Crusade. This is only part of our interview focusing on the task of sifting sources to create a more realistic narrative.

Period: 913-976

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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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Episode 143 – Strange Trajectories

Byzantine-Arab Wars 780-1180

Byzantine-Arab Wars 780-1180

John's Triumph from the Madrid copy of the Chronicle of John Skylitzes

John’s Triumph from the Madrid copy of the Chronicle of John Skylitzes

John returns home triumphant but must deal with the Fatimid attacks in the east.

Period: 972-6

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