Episode 159 – Rest in Peace

Myrelaion of Romanos Lekapenos

Myrelaion of Romanos Lekapenos

Some of the Imperial Sarcophagi (Istanbul Archeological Museum)

Some of the Imperial Sarcophagi (Istanbul Archeological Museum)

We discuss Byzantine funeral practices and the burial places of Emperors.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 158 – The Legend Slayer

It never happened but it does look cool. Picture by Vasil Goranov

It probably never happened but it does look cool. Picture by Vasil Goranov

I answer some listener questions about Basil II and Byzantine first names.

Period: 913-1025

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Update on the schedule and Istanbul

An update on the podcast schedule and the Istanbul project: here

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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 154 – A Cat Among Mice

The Balkans 976 AD

The Balkans 976 AD

We discuss the origins of the revived Bulgarian Empire and follow Basil as he campaigns against them and the Fatimids in the East.

Period: 990-997

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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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