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

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

    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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    • 38 min
    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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    • 8 min
    An update on the schedule of the podcast

    An update on the schedule of the podcast

    Hello everyone,
    This is a short update about the podcast and the likely schedule for the next few months.
    The main takeaways are:
    - The narrative will resume around Spring 2021
    - In the meantime I will be producing bonus episodes and videos from Istanbul. As well as doing work for my Dad and taking a little time out for my mental health.
    - At least two more free episodes about Alexios will be coming soon. Including a Q&A about his reign and the Crusades so do send your questions in. You can comment on the thread below.
    Thanks for your support and understanding,
    Robin
     
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.3K Ratings

3.3K Ratings

OrionAjax ,

Every Minute is Rich in Detail

Robin takes his time not only in sharing the narrative, unpacking the sources that give us our best understanding, but also spends time untangling the differences between people living in Byzantium and people today. Ways such as how religion can plays into worldview, shapes identity, and how going from Superpower to Regional power psychologically affects the Romans over time.

Not only that, but Robin takes time to get actual professors and experts in the field on the Podcast and interviews them on their expertise to get closer to the truth as we know it.

If you’re worried about spending money on the extra episodes to support the podcast, I promise you they all help further enrich the experience.

Byzantine Chungus ,

The Greatest Podcast out there

This Podcast has exponentially increased my appreciation for history, and Byzantium in particular. Love all you do Robin

Z dog man ,

Byzantium Forever!

What a wonderful podcast. I am lucky enough to live in Istanbul and Robin’s podcast makes it an even richer experience.

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