Ask Me Anything

Hello everyone,

I am doing an AMA. That’s an Ask Me Anything for a website called WhatPods. I will be answering questions on the 21st March at 4.30pm US eastern standard time. But if you can’t be there live you can just submit your question now. Yes any questions posted in the next 6 days will join a list that I will begin tackling on the day.

So Ask Me Anything. It can be about the podcast, about the Kickstarter, about Byzantine history, Roman history, about the England cricket team, about Breaking Bad, about my favourite food, whatever you like. You just need to register on Whatpods and then ask away.

Speak to you soon.

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Episode 163 – The Magyars, Pechenegs and Rus

Hagia Sophia, Kiev. Begun in early 11th century, restored in later centuries

Hagia Sophia, Kiev. Begun in early 11th century, restored in later centuries

Inside are original Byzantine mosaics. Church fathers L-R St. Laurentlus, Basil the Great, John Chrysostom, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory Wonderworker

Inside are original Byzantine mosaics. Church fathers L-R St. Laurentlus, Basil the Great, John Chrysostom, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory Wonderworker

We trace the interconnected developments of the Magyars, Pechenegs and Rus.

Period: 913-1025

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Istanbul Kickstarter Campaign

My Istanbul Kickstarter Campaign begins today! Please consider supporting it before the end of March.

The Kickstarter page is here.

For more details I recorded an episode of the podcast to explain all the options.

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Episode 162 – Venetians and Normans

Pietro II Orseolo (left) and his son Otto

Pietro II Orseolo (left) and his son Otto

We move on to Venice and Normandy to discuss the development of two peoples who will play a key role in the future of Byzantium.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 161 – Not Yet Holy Roman Emperors

Otto the Great (/rorate-caeli.blogspot.com)

Otto the Great (/rorate-caeli.blogspot.com)

We talk about developments in the Frankish realm as they relate to Byzantium across the past century.

Period: 913-1025

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Episode 160 – Why Italy Matters

Bari today

Bari today

We talk about the big picture status of Italy during the 10th century and why it mattered to Byzantium.

Period: 913-1025

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Byzantine Stories. Episode 6 – Demetrios of Thessalonica. Part 2 – The Saint We Needed

The Saint thanks the men who rebuilt his home from the Church of St Demetrios

The Saint thanks the men who rebuilt his home (from the Church of St Demetrios)

In Part 2 we continue on into the 7th century as Thessalonica survives intact where so few other Roman cities did. We then see Demetrios’ fame spread and explore why.

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The Church of St Demetrios today

The Church of St Demetrios today

The Saint guards children from the Church of St Demetrios

The Saint guards children (from the Church of St Demetrios)

 

 

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Byzantine Stories. Episode 6 – Demetrios of Thessalonica. Part 1 – Becoming the Frontier

The Martyrdom of St. Demetrios (2.bp.blogspot.com)

The Martyrdom of St. Demetrios (2.bp.blogspot.com)

In Part 1 we have a brief look at Thessalonica’s history and chart the growth of the cult of Demetrios. Then we conclude with the most dramatic incident to befall Thessalonica during the 6th century. The great siege of 586 when the Slavs and Avars attacked. An incident that didn’t make it into the podcast narrative. It is both the city’s darkest hour and the Saints’ finest.

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An icon of Saint Demetrios (omhksea.org)

An icon of Saint Demetrios (omhksea.org)

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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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