Episode 169 – Constantinople in 1025

Constantinople in the Byzantine era

Constantinople in the Byzantine era

The Palazzo Farsetti in Venice, built by descendents of Enrioc Dandolo (venicetour.it)

The Palazzo Farsetti in Venice, built by descendents of Enrioc Dandolo (venicetour.it)

Bodrum Mosque, the former Myrelaion Church

Bodrum Mosque, the former Myrelaion Church

Map of the Great Palace from the book The Emperors House

Map of the Great Palace from the book The Emperors House

The Great Palace from The Byzantine Court - Source of Power and Culture

The Great Palace from The Byzantine Court – Source of Power and Culture

Having covered the famous monuments thoroughly we take a look around the rest of Constantinople. We survey changes in the population, harbours, architecture and palace amongst other things.

Period: 913-1025

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Byzantine Stories. Episode 7 – Women in the Roman World. Part 3 – Exceptions to the Rule

 

Fulvia Flacca Bambula

Fulvia Flacca Bambula

Hypatia of Alexandria by Jules Maurice Gaspar 1908

Hypatia of Alexandria by Jules Maurice Gaspar 1908

In Part 3 we get to know some of the women who managed to interest the writers of history. In particular Fulvia, wife of Clodius and Mark Antony. And Hypatia of Alexandria.

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Byzantine Stories. Episode 7 – Women in the Roman World. Part 2 – Daily Realities

Statue of Plancia Magna (readntravel.com)

Statue of Plancia Magna (readntravel.com)

The Arch of the Sergii, Pula (pulacroatia.net)

The Arch of the Sergii, Pula (pulacroatia.net)

In Part 2 we explore women’s daily life in Rome. Though their public roles were limited they still managed to live full lives. Class, death and luck all played their role in determining a woman’s independence.

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Byzantine Stories. Episode 7 – Women in the Roman World. Part 1 – The Lesser Sex

Tarquin and Lucretia by Titian (1571)

Tarquin and Lucretia by Titian (1571)

In Part 1 we examine the ideological world of Roman gender. Women were dismissed as second class by religion, philosophy and medicine. We also explore the practical and legal limits on their freedom.

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Backer Rewards Episode 5 – Imperial Qualities and More Feelings

What makes a good Emperor? (byzantium.xronikon.com)

What makes a good Emperor? (byzantium.xronikon.com)

Our fifth Kickstarter backers reward episode features questions about what makes a good Emperor and more about feeling attached to the Romans.

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Backer Rewards Episode 4 – Lucky Romans and Being a Celebrity

Is the above what Diocletian would really have said to Constantine?

Our fourth Kickstarter backers reward episode features questions about Constantinople and some personal ones for me.

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Backer Rewards Episode 3 – What was Istanbul like?

Zeyrek Mosque (former Church of the Pantocrator Monastery)

Zeyrek Mosque (former Church of the Pantocrator Monastery)

Our third Kickstarter backers reward episode features a lot of chat about my trip to Istanbul. I talk about the experience of visiting for the first time and answer listener questions.

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Backer Rewards Episode 2 – A Day in the Life of a Podcaster

Our second Kickstarter backers reward episode featuring some book recommendations and me describing a day in the life of a podcaster.

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Episode 168a – Travellers to Constantinople

Equestrian statue of Justinian with Theodosius marking (Antoine-Helbert.com)

Equestrian statue of Justinian with Theodosius marking (Antoine-Helbert.com)

The Cross-reliquary of Limburg

The Cross-reliquary of Limburg

We go through the sources used to construct episode 168. We survey foreign visitors to Constantinople and the thoughts of local Byzantines on their monuments. Through this survey we begin to discover the Byzantine sense of their past.

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Episode 168 – A Guided Tour

The weeping column in Hagia Sophia (livingtuscany.wordpress.com)

The weeping column in Hagia Sophia, one of the spots that pilgrims sought cures (livingtuscany.wordpress.com)

What would a foreign visitor to Constantinople expect to see and hear?

Period: 913-1025

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