Episode 196 – Cultural Revival

Symeon the New Theologian (johnsanidopoulos.com)

Symeon the New Theologian (johnsanidopoulos.com)

We explore the revival of intellectual and literary culture over the past century. We focus particularly on the work of Michael Psellos and Symeon the New Theologian.

Period: 950-1080

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Byzantine Stories. Episode 8 – Cyprus: 565 – 965 AD

Cyprus topography today

Cyprus topography today

Roman roads and cities

Roman roads and cities

Byzantine Cyprus from Byzantine Cyprus by Metcalf

Byzantine Cyprus from Byzantine Cyprus by Metcalf

Find-spots of coins from Byzantine Cyprus by Metcalf

Find-spots of coins from Byzantine Cyprus by Metcalf

Our first Byzantine Story nominated by a listener is Byzantine Cyprus. We chart the history of the island from the death of Justinian to the re-conquest by Nicephorus Phokas. Between 649 and 965 the island was in a tributary relationship with the Islamic Caliphate which dominates our discussion. By combing through the sources we can piece together a narrative of the period and gain a few glimpses of everyday life.

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Backer Rewards Episode 15 – The Hagia Sophia and Imperial Coronations

The Omphalion on the floor of Hagia Sophia

The Omphalion on the floor of Hagia Sophia

Byzantine polykandela in brass or bronze. (pallasweb.com)

Byzantine polykandela in brass or bronze. (pallasweb.com)

Amelia Carolina Sparavigna, Lidia Dastrù. Some Churches Dedicated to the Holy Wisdom and their Sunrise Orientation. 2018.

Amelia Carolina Sparavigna, Lidia Dastrù. Some Churches Dedicated to the Holy Wisdom and their Sunrise Orientation. 2018.

Our fifteenth Kickstarter backers reward episode looks at some aspects of the Hagia Sophia and the coronation ceremony of Emperors.

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On stage with Mike Duncan!

I am attending the Sound Education Conference next month and sharing the stage with Mike Duncan! It will be a huge honour for me to meet and chat to the man who inspired ‘The History of Byzantium.’ And you can be there too. I’ve recorded a short explanation for the show but all the details can be found here.

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Robin interviewed on the Roads to Liberty Podcast

Here is the video of my interview with the Roads to Liberty Podcast.

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Episode 195 – King of the Ashes

Emperor Nicephorus Botaneiates (httpsgallica.bnf.frark12148btv1b8470047df1.planchecontact.r=botaneiates)

Emperor Nicephorus Botaneiates (gallica.bnf.fr)

We follow the flailing administration of Michael VII as it slowly collapses under the immense weight of events. Then we watch as the remaining Roman Generals line up one after another as each attempts to burn the Empire down in order to become King of the Ashes.

Period: 1072-80

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Michael VII Doukas on the the Royal Crown of Hungary

Michael VII Doukas on the the Royal Crown of Hungary

 

The Royal Crown of Hungary

The Royal Crown of Hungary

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Episode 194 – Normandy-in-Anatolia

Roussel's seal, with an image of the Virgin Mary

Roussel’s seal, with an image of the Virgin Mary

Turkic nomads begin to raid Anatolia. The Imperial response is hampered by the defection of their Norman mercenaries. Under their commander Roussel de Bailleul they begin operating independently leading the government to squander precious resources in bringing them down.

Period: 1072-76

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Episode 193 – Manzikert

Doukas’ widow Eudocia marries Romanos Diogenes to empower a General who can stop the Turkic raids. Diogenes does his best but ends up meeting the Sultan, Alp Arslan, in battle on the fields outside the city of Manzikert.

Period: 1067-72

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Episode 192 – Feeling Blank

Nomisma histamenon of Constantine X Doukas

Nomisma histamenon of Constantine X Doukas

Constantine X Doukas spends his reign doing little to help the eastern front. We explore the possible reasons for this inactivity. We also cover Doukas’ death and the oath he made his wife swear.

Period: 1059-67

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Episode 191 – The Sack of Ani

Nomisma histamenon of Isaac I Komnenos

Nomisma histamenon of Isaac I Komnenos

Isaac Komnenos comes to power urgently trying to restore the budget. But when he dies two years later his successor Constantine X Doukas reverses his economising. As he cuts from the military budget instead Turkic raiders sack the Armenian city of Ani.

Period: 1057-64

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