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A podcast telling the story of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire from 476 AD to 1453. www.thehistoryofbyzantium.com

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A podcast telling the story of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire from 476 AD to 1453. www.thehistoryofbyzantium.com

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Binged over 200 episodes to catch up… It’s that good!

By Taylor Macke - Apr 28 2020
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Long live the Basileus of podcasts!

highly recommend

By Zzz do not buy - Apr 12 2020
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Excellent podcast for an important but little discussed part of history

iTunes Ratings

2805 Ratings
Average Ratings
2467
190
60
37
51

Binged over 200 episodes to catch up… It’s that good!

By Taylor Macke - Apr 28 2020
Read more
Long live the Basileus of podcasts!

highly recommend

By Zzz do not buy - Apr 12 2020
Read more
Excellent podcast for an important but little discussed part of history
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The History of Byzantium

Latest release on Jul 02, 2020

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A podcast telling the story of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire from 476 AD to 1453. www.thehistoryofbyzantium.com

Rank #1: Episode 36 - The End of Legitimacy

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Maurice has a tough decision to make about his role in the Persian civil war. Once that is over he turns his attention to the Balkans. Success in the field is ruined by the cost of paying the army.

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Sep 13 2013

28mins

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Rank #2: Backer Rewards Episode 15 - The Hagia Sophia and Imperial Coronations

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

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Oct 21 2019

21mins

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Rank #3: Episode 27 - The Walking Dead

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The Plague arrives at Pelusium and spreads to Alexandria where it rages for four months. By Spring 542 the Egyptians have to begin sending out the grain fleets. They export the Plague with them and Constantinople endures a nightmare summer of death.

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May 27 2013

41mins

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Rank #4: Episode 193 - Manzikert

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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.

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Jun 28 2019

1hr 47mins

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Rank #5: Episode 169 - Constantinople in 1025

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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.

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Aug 19 2018

37mins

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Rank #6: Episode 8 - Italy and Africa

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We take a look at the former Roman Provinces of  Italy and Africa and see what Theodoric’s Ostrogoths and the Vandals, respectively, have been up to in the last century.

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Sep 27 2012

27mins

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Rank #7: Episode 165 - The Eagle and the Frogs

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We explore the reasons why the Bulgarians never became Romans.

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Mar 20 2018

25mins

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Rank #8: Episode 170 - The "Conquest" of Armenia

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We head to the Eastern frontier to see what Byzantium's expansion into Armenia meant for the Empire.

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Sep 07 2018

31mins

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Rank #9: Episode 164 - Don't Believe Your Map

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The maps commonly used in books and the internet give a misleading impression of the Byzantine occupation of Bulgaria. We tour the Balkans and discuss the reality on the ground.

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Mar 19 2018

31mins

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Rank #10: Episode 167 - Five Centuries On

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We survey the main structures and services of Constantinople to see what has changed since 518 AD (episode 10 of the show)

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May 28 2018

25mins

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Rank #11: Episode 166 - To The City

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You visit Constantinople, guided by a stranger.

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May 21 2018

37mins

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Rank #12: Episode 69 - Lost to the West

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Maslama puts Constantinople under siege. The Romans look to the heavens for a sign that God still favours them.

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Mar 31 2015

1hr 20mins

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Rank #13: Episode 163 - The Magyars, Pechenegs and Rus

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

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Mar 06 2018

25mins

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Rank #14: Episode 188 - The Great Schism

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The rapacious behaviour of the Normans in Italy brings together an alliance against them. The Byzantines and the Papacy try to get on the same page but discover that they may never be able to.

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Mar 15 2019

35mins

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Rank #15: Episode 101 - Thomas the Slav

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Leo's murder is greeted with disgust in Anatolia where men rally behind Thomas the Slav. But back at the capital men get behind Michael of Amorium as a suitable replacement. This split leads to a three year civil war and a stalemate which suggests that God favours neither man.

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Mar 13 2016

1hr 13mins

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Rank #16: Episode 161 - Not Yet Holy Roman Emperors

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

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Feb 19 2018

29mins

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Rank #17: Episode 171 - The Eastern Frontier

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We head to the Eastern frontier to see what Byzantium's expansion into Armenia meant for the Empire.

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Sep 21 2018

29mins

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Rank #18: Episode 162 - Venetians and Normans

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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.

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Feb 27 2018

25mins

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Rank #19: Episode 81 - Charlemagne and Leo (part 1)

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We look at developments in the West during the 8th century. We follow the rise of the Carolingians and the amazing career of Charlemagne. We also see the various dilemma faced by the Papacy and how the collapse of Byzantine influence created a new power dynamic.

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Sep 04 2015

39mins

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Rank #20: Episode 197 - Anna Komnene with Leonora Neville

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Our best primary source for Alexios Komnenos reign is The Alexiad written by his daughter Anna Komnene. I talk to Professor Leonora Neville about Anna's life and writing and how she overcame the obstacles facing a woman trying to write history.

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Jan 24 2020

49mins

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Episode 217 - Diverging Paths

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The Byzantines recover the West Coast of Anatolia while the Crusaders cross the plateau. As they travel the Westerners begin dropping like flies and come to hate the land they've come to liberate.

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Jul 02 2020

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Episode 216 - The Battle of Dorylaeum

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The Crusaders march out from Nicaea on their way to Antioch. First stop is at Dorylaeum on the Anatolian plateau. But the forces of Kilij Arslan are lying in wait.

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Jun 28 2020

32mins

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Final reminder about the Intelligent Speech Conference

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This is your final reminder about the Intelligent Speech Conference taking place this Saturday 27th June. I'll be taking part in two sessions and if you want to be there go to https://www.intelligentspeechconference.com/ to get tickets

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Jun 25 2020

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Episode 215 - The Siege of Nicaea

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Alexios directs the Crusaders to Nicaea where they set up a siege. Behind the scenes though the Emperor was busy negotiating with the city's garrison.

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Jun 19 2020

27mins

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Basil II may have been gay! Intelligent Speech tickets still available for $10

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Basil II may have been gay! Just one of the 'Hidden Stories' I'll be talking about at the Intelligent Speech Conference in a week's time. Tickets are still available for $10 until the 19th June.

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Jun 18 2020

1min

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Buy Intelligent Speech tickets now! Prices going up!

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I'm a part of two sessions at the Intelligent Speech Conference on June 27th. Please consider buying your ticket today before prices go up! https://www.intelligentspeechconference.com/

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Jun 15 2020

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Episode 214 - The Prince's Crusade

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The senior nobles of the First Crusade make the journey to Constantinople. There Alexios asks them to swear an oath of allegiance to him.

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Jun 12 2020

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Episode 213 - The People's Crusade

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Our narrative resumes as the so-called People's Crusade crosses the Danube and heads for Constantinople.

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Jun 05 2020

18mins

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The History of Byzantium is now on Patreon

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The History of Byzantium is now on Patreon. Visit patreon.com/thehistoryofbyzantium to find out more

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May 29 2020

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Intelligent Speech Conference 2020

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I will be taking part in the Intelligent Speech Conference on June 27th. I will be part of a panel talking about how medieval history is depicted in popular culture. And giving a talk about the hidden voices of Byzantium. Find out more at intelligentspeechconference.com

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May 29 2020

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Episode 212 - Who went on Crusade and why?

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How many people went on Crusade? Who were they and who was in charge of them? Why did they go? What does all this mean for Byzantium?

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May 17 2020

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Episode 211 - Why people went on Crusade with Sharyn Eastaugh

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Sharyn Eastaugh from the History of the Crusades podcast explores why people responded to Urban's call.

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May 13 2020

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Episode 210 - What did Urban say?

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We follow Urban as he crosses into France and spends over a year on tour. We talk about the steps he took to prepare for the announcement of the Crusades. Then we break down what we believe he said and why he said it.

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May 08 2020

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Episode 209 - What about Jerusalem?

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We briefly talk about events in Jerusalem and the wider Levant on the eve of the First Crusade. Had anything happened there that could have sparked the Crusades?

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May 03 2020

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Episode 208 - The Call from the East with Peter Frankopan

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An interview with Professor Peter Frankopan about his book 'The First Crusade: The Call from the East.'

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Apr 27 2020

44mins

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Episode 207 - What did Urban want?

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We talk about Pope Urban's shaky political position on the eve of the Crusade. As well as discussing the wider Papal reform movement and how military violence came to be a part of their plans.

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Apr 24 2020

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Episode 206 - What did Alexios want?

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We discuss what Alexios really wanted from the West. Was he surprised by the Crusading army that formed or had he been lobbying for something similar?

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Apr 22 2020

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Episode 205 - Introducing the Crusades

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A quick introduction to the Crusading topic and a discussion of how religious interpretations of historical events can be particularly distorting.

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Apr 20 2020

17mins

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Episode 204 - Komnenian Reforms

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We look at events in Constantinople during Alexios' first fifteen years in power. Including reforms to the court, the coinage and social care. We conclude by talking about Alexios' personality.

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Mar 26 2020

33mins

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Episode 203 - The Pecheneg Wars, again

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Alexios campaigns in Europe for a decade dealing with Pechenegs, Cumans and Serbs. But his supporters begin to question his priorities as Anatolia sinks into the mire.

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Mar 13 2020

32mins

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iTunes Ratings

2805 Ratings
Average Ratings
2467
190
60
37
51

Binged over 200 episodes to catch up… It’s that good!

By Taylor Macke - Apr 28 2020
Read more
Long live the Basileus of podcasts!

highly recommend

By Zzz do not buy - Apr 12 2020
Read more
Excellent podcast for an important but little discussed part of history