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

The History of Byzantium thehistoryofbyzantium@gmail.com

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

    Backer Rewards Episode 16 - Russia and Byzantium with Professor Sergey Ivanov

    Backer Rewards Episode 16 - Russia and Byzantium with Professor Sergey Ivanov

    Our sixteenth Kickstarter backers reward episode looks at the relationship between Byzantium and the Rus and later Russia in conversation with Professor Sergey Ivanov.
    Professor Ivanov is a Russian scholar who has been studying Byzantium for many decades. He currently works in the Institute of Oriental and Ancient Studies at the National Research University “Higher School of Economics” in Moscow. 
    He has written several books about Byzantium as well as contributing hundreds of articles to the field. His areas of study include Byzantine religious missions, the cultural influence of Byzantium on the Rus', Holy Fools and Constantinople itself. He has also taken part in public lectures and debates on the legacy of Byzantium in modern Russia.
    To see his full list of publications please click here . His books ‘Holy Fools in Byzantium and Beyond’ and ‘Pearls before Swine: Missionary Work in Byzantium’ have been translated into English. As have a number of articles and other book chapters. 
    To read a public lecture which Professor Ivanov gave in 2009 about “The Second Rome as Seen by the Third: Russian Debates on the “Byzantine Legacy” please click here.
     
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    Merchandise

    Merchandise

    High Speed History have Byzantine-themed merchandise available!
    The good people over at Highspeedhistory.com have produced a range of delightful items featuring our beloved Byzantium. We’re talking t-shirts, hoodies, bags, clocks, towels and stickers amongst many other items.
    I’m very pleased to say that some of your ideas have made their way into the collection. I asked for your input on social media and you came up with great ideas. If you want to celebrate your love of Justinian or Belisarius then an Empire Strikes Back t-shirt could be yours. Or if you’ve been dying to show your support for the Green faction or the Blues but they won’t let you in the Hippodrome anymore then fear not because a Green or Blue iphone case or mouse mat or t-shirt could be yours. Or what about the most adorable item of all – a baby grow with porphyrogennitos on it. Come on, how could you resist?
    Please go to www.highspeedhistory.com/byzantium to check out the full range. If you decide to buy something then use the code ‘byzantium’ at checkout to get a pound or dollar off each item you purchase. And you’ll be helping out the podcast as I will get a little something for sending you there. Anyone can buy these items – they ship worldwide. And this discount also applies to any items you purchase from the Greek or Roman sections of the website. Yes High Speed History has merch from a variety of historical eras check them all out at highspeedhistory.com.
    I also did a written interview for the site to lure in those of you who find me weirdly interesting. So if you want to know my favourite film or what I’d put on a billboard in a busy city then check out the interview here.
    Happy browsing.
     
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    Episode 225 - Belisarius in Metal

    Episode 225 - Belisarius in Metal

    When I announced I would be taking a break back in the Autumn I received an email from listener Brian Sherry offering to produce an episode of the show for me. He told me about the metal band Judicator recording an entire album about Belisarius. And he very kindly offered to interview them on my behalf.


    I said yes and Brian got lead singer and writer John Yelland on the phone and they talked about turning the life story of Justinian’s most trusted General into a full metal album.


    Today's episode is an edited version of that interview. They talk through the concept and the choice of moments in Belisarius’ life to capture in song. And they play a few snippets of music to give you an idea of what the album sounds like.


    If you’d like more then the full 2 hour interview is available on Judicator’s Youtube channel. And of course if you’d like to buy the album - Let There Be Nothing – go to judicatormetal.bandcamp.com or check it out on Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify or wherever you get your music.


    I am still working on the bonus content I owe many of you. I will be back at some point in Spring with the narrative. For now enjoy the interview.
     
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    Episode 224 - The Coup of Anna Komnene with Leonora Neville

    Episode 224 - The Coup of Anna Komnene with Leonora Neville

    Our final episode on Alexios' reign returns us to our first. Back in episode 197 we interviewed Professor Leonora Neville about Anna Komnene. That interview set us up to cover Alexios' reign and the First Crusade with Anna as our primary source. But the last question I asked that day was about the succession from Alexios to John and Anna's supposed coup attempt. Here we finally hear Professor Neville's argument that Anna did no such thing. We also briefly look at our main historian for our next period of narrative - Niketas Choniates. 
     
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    Episode 223 - Questions VIII

    Episode 223 - Questions VIII

    We look at your questions about Alexios and the Crusades. Listeners wanted an update on the state of Byzantium's army, economy and administration. How much credit or blame should Alexios get for the events of his reign? What about his relationship with his family? Were the Latins tougher fighters than the Byzantines? And several more. 
     
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    Schedule and Patreon Update.

    Schedule and Patreon Update.

    Three new episodes are coming your way in the next three weeks. New narrative episodes will come at some point in the Spring. I am still busy working on the Istanbul videos and Byzantine Stories. Also we have a new Patreon https://www.patreon.com/historyofbyzantium. Bonus episodes will no longer be available at thehistoryofbyzantium.com from October 2021.
     
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Roy Silon ,

Excellent eye opener- this is the missing history of the world

This here podcast is finally whenI got to learn about that missing millennia no one evers seems to teach you about between the end of the Rome empire and fall of Constantinopole. A lot has happened apparently in between:)

Mark P.E. ,

More than just the History of Byzantium

This podcast does a GREAT job of not only diving into the history of Byzantium but also explains its surroundings. This is not some boring recall of dry history. Rather, he goes into depth about the surrounding situations that truly affect history such as religion, culture, the locals’ understandings and the history of the Byzantium neighbors that influenced Byzantium. Nothing is taken for granted. I also feel there is no bias. Whoever listens to this series will truly understand both Byzantium and a lot about world history during that period that even affects us to this day.

Eytan15197 ,

Eytan

Great story telling

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