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

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    • 4.8, 302 Ratings

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

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4.8 out of 5
302 Ratings

302 Ratings

roman pilgrim ,

Completely engrossing

I came to this podcast after Patrick's Wyman's "Fall of Rome" and, of course, Mike Duncan's "History of Rome", both of which are rightly well celebrated. I was a bit apprehensive, having (ignorantly) viewed Byzantium's history as a tedious history of extended decline, but I was completely wrong. Robin has done a brilliant job of bringing the next 1000 years of Roman history to life - not just with crisp narrative but also with his interviews, end of the century episodes and Byzantine stories episodes. Narrative + analysis + examination of daily life from multiple perspectives. And the history itself is a rollercoaster, not just with Justinian's wars and his plague, the final thrilling slugest with Persia, the rise of the Caliphate but down the track the renaissance under the Macedonian dynasty and the brilliant generals Phokas and Tzimiskes. Robin truly makes the case for a hugely important but neglected part of European history. I can't recommend this podcast highly enough.

damian finlay hehe ,

Love the podcast!

The story of the continuation of the eastern Greek Christian Roman Empire which is largely forgotten by intellectuals of history and people in general truly showed the importance of this forgotten Roman story is greatly narrated by the host of this show robin Pierson, for me before listening to this show didn’t know of the extent and how close connection of the classical Roman Empire and the technically false labelled Byzantine empire really were, the in depth information and narrative was both quite entertaining and educational for me.
Definitely worth a listen to, get around it people 🤙

Minakiro ,

Eye opener with a balanced expression

I was brought up as a Monophysite (according the Byzantine definition) with passion for the storyline nature of history, I have learned, and of course enjoyed, so much about the political, economic and religious nature of the empire. Particularly Robin’s way of addressing the two sides of Christianity.

Thank you Robin, I hope you keep going till the fall of Constantinople.

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