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A podcast telling the story of the Roman Empire from 476 AD to 1453

A podcast telling the story of the Roman Empire from 476 AD to 1453
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United Kingdom

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A podcast telling the story of the Roman Empire from 476 AD to 1453

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English


Episodes

Episode 157 - The Culmination

11/8/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:34:13


Episode 156 - The Half Blind Leading the Blind

10/27/2017
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We discuss campaigning in the Balkans, the end of the Bulgarian war and the legend of the Bulgar Slayer.

Duration: 00:40:18


Episode 155 - The Year 1000

10/23/2017
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Basil continues his campaigns against the Fatimids and the Bulgarians. We also discuss the turning of the year 1000.

Duration: 00:26:46


Episode 154 – A Cat Among Mice

10/13/2017
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We discuss the origins of the revived Bulgarian Empire and follow Basil as he campaigns against them and the Fatimids in the East.

Duration: 00:30:10


Episode 153 - Basil II

10/6/2017
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Finally Basil II stands alone as master of the Roman world. Let's get to know him.

Duration: 00:27:26


Episode 152 - Bardas Phokas

9/29/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:51:25


Episode 151 – Bardas Sclerus

9/20/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:30:41


Podcasting in Istanbul?

9/14/2017
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Your feedback needed on the idea of me travelling to Istanbul to record material for the podcast.

Duration: 00:03:38


Episode 150 - Basil Lekapenos

9/8/2017
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The narrative resumes with Basil Lekapenos elevating his great-nephew Basil II to the throne. However Bardas Sclerus immediately rebels and declares himself Emperor.

Duration: 00:22:50


Episode 149 - Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood

9/7/2017
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The full interview with Professor Kaldellis about his book "Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood." The book is a narrative history from the time when Nicephorus Phokas took charge of the military through till the First Crusade. In our conversation we talk about sources, Basil IIs reign, the Magnates and the struggles of the 11th century.

Duration: 01:01:25


Episode 148 - Sources and Magnates

9/1/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:31:46


Episode 147 - Bulgarian Solidarity

8/24/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:19:01


Episode 146 - What's the Plan?

8/18/2017
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Did the Romans dream of reconquering their eastern provinces? Or were their border acquisitions enough?

Duration: 00:25:44


Episode 145 - The Eastern Conquests

8/13/2017
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We discuss the eastern conquests and how valuable they really were. As well as the deployment and organisation of the military in the borderlands.

Duration: 00:24:27


Episode 144 - Setting the Table

8/3/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:22:42


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

7/17/2017
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Part 1 is an overview of the history of Greek medicine. How it developed and what kind of treatments were on offer.

Duration: 00:30:10


Episode 143 - Strange Trajectories

6/23/2017
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John returns home triumphant but must deal with the Fatimid attacks in the east.

Duration: 00:28:29


Listener Survey

6/19/2017
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Please help the show by filling out our listener survey

Duration: 00:02:09


Episode 142 - Brave in Danger

6/18/2017
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John Tzimiskes faces down the Phokas rebellion and then marches for Bulgaria to take on the Rus.

Duration: 00:31:13


Episode 141 - How To Get Away With Murder

6/9/2017
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John Tzimiskes pacifies his domestic and foreign enemies as he consolidates his rule. However the Rus leader Sviatoslav makes the decision to move his capital to the Danube forcing the Romans to respond.

Duration: 00:25:15

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