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Episode 185 – Winning the Election

The ruins of Ani as seen from the Armenian side

The ruins of Ani as seen from the Armenian side

Constantine Monomachos faces yet more challenges in the early years of his reign. We cover the annexation of Ani, the Pechenegs crossing the Danube and the revolt of Leo Tornikios.

Period: 1044-47

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Episode 184 – Act Two Begins

Constantine IX Monomachos (left) and Zoe (right) (mosaic in Hagia Sophia)

Constantine IX Monomachos (left) and Zoe (right) (mosaic in Hagia Sophia)

Constantine IX Monomachos (mosaic in Hagia Sophia)

Constantine IX Monomachos (mosaic in Hagia Sophia)

Zoe chooses Constantine Monomachos to be her new husband and Emperor. We discuss his character and relationship with our historian Michael Psellos. Then move on to two major challenges which greeted his arrival on the throne.

Period: 1042-44

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Episode 183 – The Fall of Michael V

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

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

Theodora (from 'Rulers of the Byzantine Empire' published by Kibea)

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

We follow the short reign of Michael V from the death of his uncle to his dramatic fall just four months later.

Period: 1041-2

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Episode 182 – The Double Agent

My map of the Balkans duing 11th century

My map of the Balkans duing 11th century

We cover the Bulgarian uprising of 1040 and the events elsewhere in the Balkans which led up to it.

Period: 1034-41

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Episode 181 – A Bunch of Nobodies

George Maniakes yells at Stephen from the Madrid Skylitzes

George Maniakes yells at Stephen from the Madrid Skylitzes

Michael IV marries Zoe and becomes Emperor. Despite ill health he rules well with his brother John the Orphanotrophos. Their invasion of Sicily goes well initially but soon falls apart.

Period: 1034-40

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Episode 180 – Stumbling Forward

The murder of Romanos III Argyros from the Chronicle of John Skylitzes.

The murder of Romanos III Argyros from the Chronicle of John Skylitzes.

Romanos III is faced with the same problems which troubled his predecessor. He decides that a campaign against Aleppo will solve some of his problems. Meanwhile Zoe is left alone and frustrated in the Palace.

Period: 1028-34

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Episode 179 – Where Were We

Basil II and Constantine VIII from the Bari Exultet Roll

Basil II and Constantine VIII from the Bari Exultet Roll

We return to the narrative with a short introduction and the short reign of Basil’s brother Constantine VIII.

Period: 1025-28

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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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