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Episode 157 – The Culmination

Basil II in Georgia

Basil II in Georgia

We cover Basil’s last few years as he deals with the Fatimids, the Georgians and his own rebellious soldiers. We then wrap up his reign and bring our century to a close.

Period: 1019-1025

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Episode 156 – The Half Blind Leading the Blind

Reconstruction of Samuil of Bulgaria

Reconstruction of Samuil of Bulgaria

We discuss campaigning in the Balkans, the end of the Bulgarian war and the legend of the Bulgar Slayer.

Period: 1004-1019

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Basil II at the walls of Ohrid (pinterest)

Basil II at the walls of Ohrid (pinterest)

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Episode 155 – The Year 1000

Basil II in generic action (worldhistoryplus.com)

Basil II in generic action (worldhistoryplus.com)

Basil continues his campaigns against the Fatimids and the Bulgarians. We also discuss the turning of the year 1000.

Period: 997-1004

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Episode 153 – Basil II

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

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

Finally Basil II stands alone as master of the Roman world. Let’s get to know him.

Period: 976-996

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Nomisma histamenon of Basil II (Constantine VIII on right, Dumbarton Oaks)

Nomisma histamenon of Basil II (Constantine VIII on right, Dumbarton Oaks)

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Episode 152 – Bardas Phokas

Civil war resumes as both Bardas Sclerus and Bardas Phokas rebel against Basil. An epic showdown follows which drags the Bulgarians, the Rus, Varangians, Arabs, Armenians and Georgians into the contest.

Period: 983-989

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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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