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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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Episode 142 – Brave in Danger

Meeting of Svyatoslav I with Emperor John Tzimiskes (by Klavdy Lebedev)

Meeting of Svyatoslav I with Emperor John Tzimiskes (by Klavdy Lebedev)

John Tzimiskes faces down the Phokas rebellion and then marches for Bulgaria to take on the Rus.

Period: 970-1

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Bulgarian Empire c900 AD (from Runciman - First Bulgarian Empire)

Bulgarian Empire c900 AD (from Runciman – First Bulgarian Empire)

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Episode 141 – How To Get Away With Murder

Sviatoslav of Kiev (from epicworldhistory.blogspot.co.uk)

Sviatoslav of Kiev (from epicworldhistory.blogspot.co.uk)

John Tzimiskes pacifies his domestic and foreign enemies as he consolidates his rule. However the Rus leader Sviatoslav makes the decision to move his capital to the Danube forcing the Romans to respond.

Period: 969-70

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Episode 140 – Magnificent and Insufferable

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

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

Nicephorus Phokas is murdered by his nephew John Tzimiskes. We discuss the plot, the aftermath and the personalities of both men.

Period: 969

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Episode 139 – All In A Day’s Work

Bagratuni Armenia circa 1000

Bagratuni Armenia circa 1000

We cover Nicephorus’ foreign policy issues during his final two years in office. Armenian, Bulgarian and Italian concerns then go on hold for one last march through Syria.

Period: 968-9

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Episode 138 – Abhorring the Palace

The new walls of Nikephoros Phokas from The Making of Byzantium by Mark Whittow

The new walls of Nikephoros Phokas from The Making of Byzantium by Mark Whittow

Monastery of Megisti Lavra (Great Lavra) in Athos - the oldest monastery on Mount Athos

Monastery of Megisti Lavra (Great Lavra) in Athos – the oldest monastery on Mount Athos

Nicephorus stays at home to administer his realm and manages to alienate every strata of society.

Period: 967-8

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