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From The History of Byzantium on March 25, 2019, 11:53 a.m.

Episode 189 - End of Act Two (media.mp3)

As Constantine IX leaves the stage we see him desperately searching for ways to raise tax revenue.

From The History of Byzantium on March 15, 2019, 2:10 p.m.

Episode 188 - The Great Schism (media.mp3)

The rapacious behaviour of the Normans in Italy brings together an alliance against them. The Byzantines and the Papacy try to get on the same page but discover that they may never be able to.

From The History of Byzantium on March 7, 2019, 10:44 p.m.

Episode 187 - Hey Big Spender (media.mp3)

After the Pecheneg Wars the Roman treasury was empty. We look at Constantine Monomachos' response to this and other Imperial expenses which may have exacerbated the situation.

From The History of Byzantium on March 1, 2019, 1:38 p.m.

Episode 186 - The Pecheneg Wars (media.mp3)

The first large Seljuk raids on the Empire lead to a series of events which unravel Byzantium's Western defences.

From The History of Byzantium on Feb. 22, 2019, 3:54 p.m.

The History of History Podcasting (media.mp3)

A quick interview with me about the History of History Podcasting

From The History of Byzantium on Feb. 15, 2019, 3:05 p.m.

Episode 185 - Winning the Election (media.mp3)

Constantine Monomachos faces yet more challenges in the early years of his reign. We cover the annexation of Ani, the Pechenegs crossing the Danube and the revolt of Leo Tornikios.

From The History of Byzantium on Feb. 7, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Episode 184 - Act Two Begins (media.mp3)

Zoe chooses Constantine Monomachos to be her new husband and Emperor. We discuss his character and relationship with our historian Michael Psellos. Then move on to two major challenges which greeted his arrival on the throne.

From The History of Byzantium on Feb. 2, 2019, 12:38 a.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 12 - Harald Hardrada with Noah Tetzner (media.mp3)

Our twelfth Kickstarter backers reward episode looks at the life of Harald Hardrada in conversation with Noah Tetzner from the History of Vikings Podcast.

From The History of Byzantium on Jan. 25, 2019, 10:54 a.m.

Episode 183 is live (media.mp3)

If you'd like to hear about the dramatic fall of Michael V then episode 183 is now available to buy

From The History of Byzantium on Jan. 18, 2019, 12:12 p.m.

Episode 182 - The Double Agent (media.mp3)

We cover the Bulgarian uprising of 1040 and the events elsewhere in the Balkans which led up to it.

From The History of Byzantium on Jan. 11, 2019, 3:49 p.m.

Episode 181 - A Bunch of Nobodies (media.mp3)

Michael IV marries Zoe and becomes Emperor. Despite ill health he rules well with his brother John the Orphanotrophos. Their invasion of Sicily goes well initially but soon falls apart.

From The History of Byzantium on Dec. 28, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

Episode 180 - Stumbling Forward (media.mp3)

Romanos III is faced with the same problems which troubled his predecessor. He decides that a campaign against Aleppo will solve some of his problems. Meanwhile Zoe is left alone and frustrated in the Palace.

From The History of Byzantium on Dec. 28, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

Episode 180 - Stumbling Forward (media.mp3)

Romanos III is faced with the same problems which troubled his predecessor. He decides that a campaign against Aleppo will solve some of his problems. Meanwhile Zoe is left alone and frustrated in the Palace.

From The History of Byzantium on Dec. 22, 2018, 4:41 p.m.

Episode 179 - Where Were We (media.mp3)

We return to the narrative with a short introduction and the short reign of Basil's brother Constantine VIII.

From The History of Byzantium on Dec. 22, 2018, 4:41 p.m.

Episode 179 - Where Were We (media.mp3)

We return to the narrative with a short introduction and the short reign of Basil's brother Constantine VIII.

From The History of Byzantium on Dec. 14, 2018, 1:12 p.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 11 - The Jewish Communities of Byzantium (media.mp3)

Our eleventh Kickstarter backers reward episode explores Byzantium's Jewish communities.

From The History of Byzantium on Dec. 14, 2018, 1:12 p.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 11 - The Jewish Communities of Byzantium (media.mp3)

Our eleventh Kickstarter backers reward episode explores Byzantium's Jewish communities.

From The History of Byzantium on Dec. 7, 2018, 4:17 p.m.

Episode 178 - Questions VII (media.mp3)

Listener questions on Varangians, provincial administration, diplomacy, family mottos and the ever popular top 5 best and worst Emperors.

From The History of Byzantium on Dec. 7, 2018, 4:17 p.m.

Episode 178 - Questions VII (media.mp3)

Listener questions on Varangians, provincial administration, diplomacy, family mottos and the ever popular top 5 best and worst Emperors.

From The History of Byzantium on Dec. 1, 2018, 4:34 p.m.

Episode 177 - Questions VI (media.mp3)

Listener questions on houses, slavery, citizenship, vacations and common sayings amongst others.

From The History of Byzantium on Dec. 1, 2018, 4:34 p.m.

Episode 177 - Questions VI (media.mp3)

Listener questions on houses, slavery, citizenship, vacations and common sayings amongst others.

From The History of Byzantium on Nov. 25, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

Episode 176 - Michael Psellos with Peter Adamson (media.mp3)

An interview with Peter Adamson from the History of Philosophy Without any Gaps podcast. We talk primarily about Michael Psellos and his role in the intellectual history of Byzantium. But we also talk about Byzantine philosophy in general.

From The History of Byzantium on Nov. 25, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

Episode 176 - Michael Psellos with Peter Adamson (media.mp3)

An interview with Peter Adamson from the History of Philosophy Without any Gaps podcast. We talk primarily about Michael Psellos and his role in the intellectual history of Byzantium. But we also talk about Byzantine philosophy in general.

From The History of Byzantium on Nov. 20, 2018, 4:22 p.m.

Episode 175 - The Turks (media.mp3)

The Turks are coming to the borders of Armenia and we examine why.

From The History of Byzantium on Nov. 20, 2018, 4:22 p.m.

Episode 175 - The Turks (media.mp3)

The Turks are coming to the borders of Armenia and we examine why.

From The History of Byzantium on Nov. 7, 2018, 1:28 p.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 10 - Economy and Population Questions (media.mp3)

Our tenth Kickstarter backers reward episode answers a series of questions about the growing population and economy.

From The History of Byzantium on Nov. 7, 2018, 1:28 p.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 10 - Economy and Population Questions (media.mp3)

Our tenth Kickstarter backers reward episode answers a series of questions about the growing population and economy.

From The History of Byzantium on Nov. 1, 2018, 5:05 p.m.

Episode 174 - The Economic Recovery (media.mp3)

We explore the economic recovery of the Empire.

From The History of Byzantium on Nov. 1, 2018, 5:05 p.m.

Episode 174 - The Economic Recovery (media.mp3)

We explore the economic recovery of the Empire.

From The History of Byzantium on Oct. 19, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 9 - The Sweep of History (media.mp3)

Our ninth Kickstarter backers reward episode discusses the sweep of history during our period and what lies under the maps.

From The History of Byzantium on Oct. 19, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 9 - The Sweep of History (media.mp3)

Our ninth Kickstarter backers reward episode discusses the sweep of history during our period and what lies under the maps.

From The History of Byzantium on Oct. 12, 2018, 10:27 a.m.

Episode 173 - Dead Ideas Podcast interview: The Varangian Guard (media.mp3)

I was a guest on the Dead Ideas podcast to discuss the Varangian Guard. We talk about their role in the palace and the field armies and contrast their role to Eunuchs in Byzantium. Do check out Dead Ideas for episodes covering Titoism, Serfdom, Cuneiform, Vikings and many other fun topics.

From The History of Byzantium on Oct. 12, 2018, 10:27 a.m.

Episode 173 - Dead Ideas Podcast interview: The Varangian Guard (media.mp3)

I was a guest on the Dead Ideas podcast to discuss the Varangian Guard. We talk about their role in the palace and the field armies and contrast their role to Eunuchs in Byzantium. Do check out Dead Ideas for episodes covering Titoism, Serfdom, Cuneiform, Vikings and many other fun topics.

From The History of Byzantium on Oct. 5, 2018, 11:24 a.m.

Episode 172 - The Roman Army in 1025 AD (media.mp3)

We discuss the past century of success for the Roman military and answer some listener questions

From The History of Byzantium on Oct. 5, 2018, 11:24 a.m.

Episode 172 - The Roman Army in 1025 AD (media.mp3)

We discuss the past century of success for the Roman military and answer some listener questions

From The History of Byzantium on Sept. 27, 2018, 7:49 p.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 8 - Greek Fire on Land (media.mp3)

Our eighth Kickstarter backers reward episode features questions about the use of Greek Fire on land.

From The History of Byzantium on Sept. 27, 2018, 7:49 p.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 8 - Greek Fire on Land (media.mp3)

Our eighth Kickstarter backers reward episode features questions about the use of Greek Fire on land.

From The History of Byzantium on Sept. 21, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

Episode 171 - The Eastern Frontier (media.mp3)

We head to the Eastern frontier to see what Byzantium's expansion into Armenia meant for the Empire.

From The History of Byzantium on Sept. 21, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

Episode 171 - The Eastern Frontier (media.mp3)

We head to the Eastern frontier to see what Byzantium's expansion into Armenia meant for the Empire.

From The History of Byzantium on Sept. 19, 2018, 11:28 p.m.

Tour Announcement (media.mp3)

The 2019 History of Byzantium tour is here. Book your place now!

From The History of Byzantium on Sept. 19, 2018, 11:28 p.m.

Tour Announcement (media.mp3)

The 2019 History of Byzantium tour is here. Book your place now!

From The History of Byzantium on Sept. 14, 2018, 12:54 p.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 7 - Georgia and the Black Sea (media.mp3)

Our seventh Kickstarter backers reward episode features questions about Georgia, the Orthodox nations around the Black Sea and Ravenna.

From The History of Byzantium on Sept. 14, 2018, 12:54 p.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 7 - Georgia and the Black Sea (media.mp3)

Our seventh Kickstarter backers reward episode features questions about Georgia, the Orthodox nations around the Black Sea and Ravenna.

From The History of Byzantium on Sept. 7, 2018, 7:37 p.m.

Episode 170 - The "Conquest" of Armenia (media.mp3)

We head to the Eastern frontier to see what Byzantium's expansion into Armenia meant for the Empire.

From The History of Byzantium on Sept. 7, 2018, 7:37 p.m.

Episode 170 - The "Conquest" of Armenia (media.mp3)

We head to the Eastern frontier to see what Byzantium's expansion into Armenia meant for the Empire.

From The History of Byzantium on Aug. 24, 2018, 2:36 p.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 6 - Respect, Institutions, Justice (media.mp3)

Our sixth Kickstarter backers reward episode features questions about the institutions which influenced Byzantine life and the legal punishments for everyday crimes.

From The History of Byzantium on Aug. 24, 2018, 2:36 p.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 6 - Respect, Institutions, Justice (media.mp3)

Our sixth Kickstarter backers reward episode features questions about the institutions which influenced Byzantine life and the legal punishments for everyday crimes.

From The History of Byzantium on Aug. 19, 2018, 10:40 a.m.

Episode 169 - Constantinople in 1025 (media.mp3)

Having covered the famous monuments thoroughly we take a look around the rest of Constantinople. We survey changes in the population, harbours, architecture and palace amongst other things.

From The History of Byzantium on Aug. 19, 2018, 10:40 a.m.

Episode 169 - Constantinople in 1025 (media.mp3)

Having covered the famous monuments thoroughly we take a look around the rest of Constantinople. We survey changes in the population, harbours, architecture and palace amongst other things.

From The History of Byzantium on Aug. 7, 2018, 8:09 a.m.

Byzantine Stories Episode 7 Announcement (media.mp3)

Byzantine Stories Episode 7: Women in the Roman World is now available

From The History of Byzantium on Aug. 7, 2018, 8:09 a.m.

Byzantine Stories Episode 7 Announcement (media.mp3)

Byzantine Stories Episode 7: Women in the Roman World is now available

From The History of Byzantium on July 8, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 5 - Imperial Qualities and More Feelings (media.mp3)

Our fifth Kickstarter backers reward episode features questions about what makes a good Emperor and more about feeling attached to the Romans.

From The History of Byzantium on July 8, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 5 - Imperial Qualities and More Feelings (media.mp3)

Our fifth Kickstarter backers reward episode features questions about what makes a good Emperor and more about feeling attached to the Romans.

From The History of Byzantium on June 28, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 4 - Lucky Romans and Being a Celebrity (media.mp3)

Our fourth Kickstarter backers reward episode features questions about Constantinople and some personal ones for me.

From The History of Byzantium on June 28, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 4 - Lucky Romans and Being a Celebrity (media.mp3)

Our fourth Kickstarter backers reward episode features questions about Constantinople and some personal ones for me.

From The History of Byzantium on June 23, 2018, 2:32 p.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 3 - What was Istanbul like? (media.mp3)

Our third Kickstarter backers reward episode features a lot of chat about my trip to Istanbul. I talk about the experience of visiting for the first time and answer listener questions.

From The History of Byzantium on June 23, 2018, 2:32 p.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 3 - What was Istanbul like? (media.mp3)

Our third Kickstarter backers reward episode features a lot of chat about my trip to Istanbul. I talk about the experience of visiting for the first time and answer listener questions.

From The History of Byzantium on June 12, 2018, 9:37 a.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 2 - A Day in the Life of a Podcaster (media.mp3)

Our second Kickstarter backers reward episode featuring some book recommendations and me describing a day in the life of a podcaster.

From The History of Byzantium on June 12, 2018, 9:37 a.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 2 - A Day in the Life of a Podcaster (media.mp3)

Our second Kickstarter backers reward episode featuring some book recommendations and me describing a day in the life of a podcaster.

From The History of Byzantium on June 6, 2018, 7:49 p.m.

Episode 168 - A Guided Tour (media.mp3)

What would a foreign visitor to Constantinople expect to see and hear?

From The History of Byzantium on June 6, 2018, 7:49 p.m.

Episode 168 - A Guided Tour (media.mp3)

What would a foreign visitor to Constantinople expect to see and hear?

From The History of Byzantium on June 4, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

Hello from Istanbul (media.mp3)

Hello from Istanbul

From The History of Byzantium on June 4, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

Hello from Istanbul (media.mp3)

Hello from Istanbul

From The History of Byzantium on May 28, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

Episode 167 - Five Centuries On (media.mp3)

We survey the main structures and services of Constantinople to see what has changed since 518 AD (episode 10 of the show)

From The History of Byzantium on May 28, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

Episode 167 - Five Centuries On (media.mp3)

We survey the main structures and services of Constantinople to see what has changed since 518 AD (episode 10 of the show)

From The History of Byzantium on May 23, 2018, 3:51 p.m.

Post Script to episode 166 (media.mp3)

An explanation and some credits from Episode 166 - To The City.

From The History of Byzantium on May 23, 2018, 3:51 p.m.

Post Script to episode 166 (media.mp3)

An explanation and some credits from Episode 166 - To The City.

From The History of Byzantium on May 21, 2018, 12:40 p.m.

Episode 166 - To The City (media.mp3)

You visit Constantinople, guided by a stranger.

From The History of Byzantium on May 21, 2018, 12:40 p.m.

Episode 166 - To The City (media.mp3)

You visit Constantinople, guided by a stranger.

From The History of Byzantium on May 12, 2018, 11:14 a.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 1 - Byzantine Games (media.mp3)

Our first Kickstarter backers reward episode showcasing the Byzantine board and role playing games available.

From The History of Byzantium on May 12, 2018, 11:14 a.m.

Backer Rewards Episode 1 - Byzantine Games (media.mp3)

Our first Kickstarter backers reward episode showcasing the Byzantine board and role playing games available.

From The History of Byzantium on April 12, 2018, 11:11 a.m.

Send me your thoughts (media.mp3)

For those who pledged £65 on the Kickstarter I need to hear from you. Get in touch with me about having your voice on the podcast.

From The History of Byzantium on April 12, 2018, 11:11 a.m.

Send me your thoughts (media.mp3)

For those who pledged £65 on the Kickstarter I need to hear from you. Get in touch with me about having your voice on the podcast.

From The History of Byzantium on March 27, 2018, 9:03 p.m.

Final Kickstarter Reminder (media.mp3)

Final Kickstarter Reminder

From The History of Byzantium on March 27, 2018, 9:03 p.m.

Final Kickstarter Reminder (media.mp3)

Final Kickstarter Reminder

From The History of Byzantium on March 20, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Episode 165 - The Eagle and the Frogs (media.mp3)

We explore the reasons why the Bulgarians never became Romans.

From The History of Byzantium on March 20, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Episode 165 - The Eagle and the Frogs (media.mp3)

We explore the reasons why the Bulgarians never became Romans.

From The History of Byzantium on March 19, 2018, 12:05 a.m.

Episode 164 - Don't Believe Your Map (media.mp3)

The maps commonly used in books and the internet give a misleading impression of the Byzantine occupation of Bulgaria. We tour the Balkans and discuss the reality on the ground.

From The History of Byzantium on March 19, 2018, 12:05 a.m.

Episode 164 - Don't Believe Your Map (media.mp3)

The maps commonly used in books and the internet give a misleading impression of the Byzantine occupation of Bulgaria. We tour the Balkans and discuss the reality on the ground.

From The History of Byzantium on March 15, 2018, 11:10 p.m.

Ask Me Anything (media.mp3)

I am doing an AMA. That's an Ask Me Anything for a website called WhatPods. I will be answering questions on the 21st March at 4.30pm US eastern standard time. Post your questions now.

From The History of Byzantium on March 15, 2018, 11:10 p.m.

Ask Me Anything (media.mp3)

I am doing an AMA. That's an Ask Me Anything for a website called WhatPods. I will be answering questions on the 21st March at 4.30pm US eastern standard time. Post your questions now.

From The History of Byzantium on March 10, 2018, 9:12 p.m.

A replay of the House of War (media.mp3)

A replay of episode 89 "The House of War"

From The History of Byzantium on March 10, 2018, 9:12 p.m.

A replay of the House of War (media.mp3)

A replay of episode 89 "The House of War"

From The History of Byzantium on March 6, 2018, 6:37 p.m.

Episode 163 - The Magyars, Pechenegs and Rus (media.mp3)

We trace the interconnected developments of the Magyars, Pechenegs and Rus.

From The History of Byzantium on March 6, 2018, 6:37 p.m.

Episode 163 - The Magyars, Pechenegs and Rus (media.mp3)

We trace the interconnected developments of the Magyars, Pechenegs and Rus.

From The History of Byzantium on March 1, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

Istanbul Kickstarter Campaign (media.mp3)

My Istanbul Kickstarter Campaign launches today. Please consider supporting it.

From The History of Byzantium on March 1, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

Istanbul Kickstarter Campaign (media.mp3)

My Istanbul Kickstarter Campaign launches today. Please consider supporting it.

From The History of Byzantium on Feb. 27, 2018, 11:45 a.m.

Episode 162 - Venetians and Normans (media.mp3)

We move on to Venice and Normandy to discuss the development of two peoples who will play a key role in the future of Byzantium.

From The History of Byzantium on Feb. 27, 2018, 11:45 a.m.

Episode 162 - Venetians and Normans (media.mp3)

We move on to Venice and Normandy to discuss the development of two peoples who will play a key role in the future of Byzantium.

From The History of Byzantium on Feb. 19, 2018, 3:55 p.m.

Episode 161 - Not Yet Holy Roman Emperors (media.mp3)

We talk about developments in the Frankish realm as they relate to Byzantium across the past century.

From The History of Byzantium on Feb. 19, 2018, 3:55 p.m.

Episode 161 - Not Yet Holy Roman Emperors (media.mp3)

We talk about developments in the Frankish realm as they relate to Byzantium across the past century.

From The History of Byzantium on Feb. 6, 2018, 1:27 p.m.

Episode 160 - Why Italy Matters (media.mp3)

We talk about the big picture status of Italy during the 10th century and why it mattered to Byzantium.

From The History of Byzantium on Feb. 6, 2018, 1:27 p.m.

Episode 160 - Why Italy Matters (media.mp3)

We talk about the big picture status of Italy during the 10th century and why it mattered to Byzantium.

From The History of Byzantium on Jan. 24, 2018, 12:20 a.m.

Byzantine Stories episode six announcement (media.mp3)

Byzantine Stories episode six announcement

From The History of Byzantium on Jan. 24, 2018, 12:20 a.m.

Byzantine Stories episode six announcement (media.mp3)

Byzantine Stories episode six announcement

From The History of Byzantium on Dec. 22, 2017, 7:03 p.m.

Episode 159 - Rest in Peace (media.mp3)

We discuss Byzantine funeral practices and the burial places of Emperors.

From The History of Byzantium on Dec. 22, 2017, 7:03 p.m.

Episode 159 - Rest in Peace (media.mp3)

We discuss Byzantine funeral practices and the burial places of Emperors.

From The History of Byzantium on Dec. 15, 2017, 2:02 p.m.

Episode 158 - The Legend Slayer (media.mp3)

I answer some listener questions about Basil II and Byzantine first names.

From The History of Byzantium on Dec. 15, 2017, 2:02 p.m.

Episode 158 - The Legend Slayer (media.mp3)

I answer some listener questions about Basil II and Byzantine first names.

From The History of Byzantium on Dec. 8, 2017, 2:07 p.m.

Update on schedule and Istanbul (media.mp3)

Update on schedule and Istanbul