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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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    • 4.8 • 4K Ratings

A podcast telling the story of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire from 476 AD to 1453. www.thehistoryofbyzantium.com
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    Episode 284 - To The City with Alexander Christie-Miller

    Episode 284 - To The City with Alexander Christie-Miller

    Alexander Christie-Miller was the Turkish correspondent for the Times Newspaper between 2010 and 2017. He has written a book called ‘To the City’ about the people who live along the Theodosian Walls in Istanbul today. He tells the story and charts the sweeping changes they've experienced in Turkey over the past 50 years. It's a brilliant read, ideal for those of you who have visited Istanbul or plan to.
    Alexander Christie-Miller is from Wiltshire in the UK, studied in Dublin and was then in Istanbul for 7 years. He was the Times Turkish correspondent during that period and his writing has also appeared in Newsweek, The Atlantic, Der Spiegel and the White Review amongst other publications.

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    • 40 min
    Episode 283 - The New Roman Empire with Anthony Kaldellis. Part 5 - More Questions

    Episode 283 - The New Roman Empire with Anthony Kaldellis. Part 5 - More Questions

    Professor Kaldellis' new history of Byzantium is out now in the USA and on Kindle everywhere.
    In the final episode in this series he answers more of your questions. Amongst the topics we cover are citizenship, class, counter-factuals, academia and AI.

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    • 1 hr 45 min
    Episode 282 - The New Roman Empire with Anthony Kaldellis. Part 4 - Your Questions

    Episode 282 - The New Roman Empire with Anthony Kaldellis. Part 4 - Your Questions

    Professor Kaldellis' new history of Byzantium is out now in the USA and on Kindle everywhere.
    In this episode he answers your questions. Including succession mechanisms, taxation, the Senate, usurpers, Belisarius, Maurice and many more topics.

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    • 1 hr 56 min
    Update February 2024

    Update February 2024

    On today’s update I’m going to tell you about when the narrative is coming back, about podcast tours to Turkey in 2024 and about how Anthony Kaldellis is answering more questions than I told him to.
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    • 4 min
    Episode 281 - Justinian: Emperor, Soldier, Saint with Peter Sarris

    Episode 281 - Justinian: Emperor, Soldier, Saint with Peter Sarris

    A new book has come out about that most famous of Byzantines. It's called Justinian: Emperor, Soldier, Saint by Peter Sarris and it is excellent. It is not a dramatization of his career but a brilliantly researched account of his life and time in office.
    Track his evolving thinking through the amazing range of sources we have for his reign and gain a deeper understanding of the interesting times he lived in.
    The book is on sale everywhere including on Audible.com. To listen to the book for free check out Audible's service here.

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    • 37 min
    Some Heraclian Fiction and Maps you might enjoy

    Some Heraclian Fiction and Maps you might enjoy

    This beautiful map of the Crusader States has just been put on sale. Adomas, the artist, is offering 15% off any map at his store for podcast listeners. Just use the code Byzantium at his online store. mapklimantas.etsy.com
    ‘The Emperor’ by Matthew Storm: http://tinyurl.com/juj44cdb. The Heraclius story is so epic that it took two books to cover. Book 1 is called the Exarch’s son. And Book 2 is THE EMPEROR: Heraclius Battles Persia for the Life of Rome.
    ‘The Gardens of Byzantium’: http://tinyurl.com/nhh6b4jw A romance about Asana (a Persian woman) and a Roman soldier who are brought together by Heraclius’ war.

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    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4K Ratings

4K Ratings

Db201543 ,

Wonderful podcast

Fascinating and well researched - absolutely worth listening to if you have even a passing interest in Byzantine or early Medieval history.

Gabi129123 ,

Am amazing historical podcast

A great historical podcast for the Byzantine empire. Very entertaining and illuminating.

Egdbert ,

June 2020 Announcements

I listened to some some of the early podcast episodes with interest but unfortunately the host turned political. He made some announcements on the podcast (in between Episodes 249 and 250) that catered specifically to the special interests and political narratives that are being forced on everyone by the divisive post-2020 mobs. The announcements are separate recordings from the regular podcast but have late June 2020 timestamps. After listening to them, I won’t be listening to any more of his podcast episodes.

The announcements also went on to reference spurious and salacious rumors about emperor Basil II. He should leave rumors to the gossip pages found at the checkout counter of grocery stores. This is in stark contrast to some of the historians he interviewed on the episodes that I heard. It was puzzling to hear the dichotomy.

Based on some of the other negative reviews of the podcast, it appears that it started out strong but then disappointedly went off the rails, so to speak.

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