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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.

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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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Episode 168 – A Guided Tour

The weeping column in Hagia Sophia (livingtuscany.wordpress.com)

The weeping column in Hagia Sophia, one of the spots that pilgrims sought cures (livingtuscany.wordpress.com)

What would a foreign visitor to Constantinople expect to see and hear?

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 167 – Five Centuries On

The Mese by Antoine Helbert

The Mese by Antoine Helbert

Panorama by Rocio Espin Pinar

Panorama by Rocio Espin Pinar

We survey the main structures and services of Constantinople to see what has changed since 518 AD (episode 10 of the show)

Period: 913-1025

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Post Script to episode 166

An explanation and some credits from Episode 166 – To The City. Download it here.

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Check out the Ancient Faith website to find out more about “Chants from Balamand” the CD which features the clip of the Trisagion I played during the episode.

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Episode 166 – To The City

Icon of St George (blessedcelebration.com)

Icon of St George (blessedcelebration.com)

You visit Constantinople, guided by a stranger.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 165 – The Eagle and the Frogs

Icon of Theophylact of Ohrid

Icon of Theophylact of Ohrid

We explore the reasons why the Bulgarians never became Romans.

Period: 913-1025

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