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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Constantine Snow

SPOILER ALERT. Do not read this post if you are not up to date with Game of Thrones…when Romanus Lekapenos was on the throne it occurred to me that there was something Stark-ish about his household.

Romanus had six legitimate children, four boys and two girls. He made Constantine VII part of his household and fathered Basil who was then castrated.

When Constantine took power he kept the eunuch Basil around and worked happily with him. I pondered then whether they had bonded over being the runts of the Lekapenos litter.

The comparison with Theon and Jon is amusing to consider. Theon would of course go on to be castrated. While Constantine was the born-in-the-purple prince who had to wait a long time to inherit his birthright. His parents marriage was also highly controversial

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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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Byzantine Stories Episode 5 – Roman Healthcare. Part 2 – Calcified Caring

Claudius Galen (fineartamerica.com)

Claudius Galen (fineartamerica.com)

In Part 2 we move to Rome and meet Galen, the greatest doctor the Empire produced. We then push on into the Christian era to see how healthcare developed alongside the new religion.

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Byzantine Stories Episode 5 – Roman Healthcare. Part 1 – Choosing Your Provider

Hippocrates (19th century engraving based on Roman busts)

Hippocrates (19th century engraving based on Roman busts)

Part 1 is an overview of the history of Greek medicine. How it developed and what kind of treatments were on offer.

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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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