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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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    Episode 298 - The Providence of God

    Episode 298 - The Providence of God

    Theodore Laskaris II beds down his father's conquests in Europe. But his early death sees his family sidelined by Michael Palaiologos. The new Emperor needs some victories to legitimise his seizure of power and the fates reward him beyond all expectations.
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    Episode 297 - The Rise and Rise of Nicaea

    Episode 297 - The Rise and Rise of Nicaea

    With the Bulgarians and Turks hobbled by the Mongols the field is clear for Nicaea. John Vatatzes annexes a huge swathe of European territory and is widely recognised as the true Roman Emperor.
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    Episode 296 - The Mongol Storm with Nicholas Morton

    Episode 296 - The Mongol Storm with Nicholas Morton

    We talk to Dr Nicholas Morton about the arrival of the Mongols into the Byzantine world. Their confrontation with the Seljuks of Anatolia will have serious consequences.
    Dr Morton is Associate Professor in Middle Eastern and Global history at Nottingham Trent University in the UK. His new book The Mongol Storm: Making and Breaking Empires in the Medieval Near East is available now.
    In it he offers a panoramic account of the Mongol invasions of the Middle East during the thirteenth century, examining these wars from the perspectives of the many different societies impacted by their conquests, including of course Byzantium.

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    • 44 min
    Episode 295 - The Forgotten Siege

    Episode 295 - The Forgotten Siege

    While Epirus was rising and falling, Nicaea was consolidating. John Vatatzes, the new Emperor, was competent at home and abroad. After years of consolidation he decided to besiege Constantinople. But he didn't act alone he invited an unlikely ally to join him.
    Period: 1215-37

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    Episode 294 - The Rise and Fall of Epirus

    Episode 294 - The Rise and Fall of Epirus

    Theodoros Doukas the leader of the Roman state of Epirus leads his people to ever greater heights in the 1220s. He captures Thessalonica and drives towards Constantinople itself. Doukas declares himself Emperor but does he have the resources necessary to reach the Hagia Sophia?
    Period: 1215-30

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    • 16 min
    Episode 293 - Governing Constantinople with John Giebfried

    Episode 293 - Governing Constantinople with John Giebfried

    Today we look at Constantinople itself. What was the physical state of the city and what was the Latin administration like? Guiding us today is Dr John Giebfried.
    John completed his PhD in Medieval History at St Louis University in 2015 and has subsequently worked at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Georgia Southern University, East Georgia State College, and since 2022 has been a faculty member at the University of Vienna, where he teaches History and Digital Humanities. His academic work focuses on the Crusades, the Crusader-States, and European interactions with the Mongols.
    Reacting to the Past Games: https://reactingconsortium.org

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    • 43 min

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Peak.

It’s peak.

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He hits the ground running

I have never heard a history podcast so polished and focused from the get-go like this one. The host is an experienced podcaster and it shows. A worthy successor to HOR

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Incredible podcast!

Have listened on and off for years. Revisisted and jumped around many of my favorite episodes prior to my first visit to Constantinople last fall. A fresh immersion prior to my trip made the visit immensely enjoyable. Such a fascinating history that doesn’t enjoy the same popularity as classical Roman history, at least in the West. The host Robin has such a voice. He does a wonderful job of taking in as much scholarly work as possible and translating it into narrative for our enjoyment. So happy he’s able to support himself full time from his years of work. Like others, I’m melancholy with the fact the current narrative timeline has now reached post crusader sack. However, I’m excited to keep learning about this period through the ultimate 1453 sack as Robin continues to progress. Keep up the great work, Robin!

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