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The History of Byzantium

Submitted by on 1/10/12 – 15:46No Comment

Justinian I from a contemporary portrait in the Basilica of San Vitale, RavennaThis wonderfully rich and well researched story telling has been a pleasure to listen to recently.

There are a lot of unfamiliar names for people and places but if you let yourself go with the flow and perhaps a map or two from the website, you’ll find it rewarding.

The story takes over from the previous History of Rome podcast and tells how the Roman Empire continued to exist in the east for centuries blending politics, Orthodox Christianity and the trade of the richest of the united Roman Empire of the past.  The desire to reunite the two halves of the Empire and eventual collapse a thousand years after the west had not so much fallen, but whimpered out of existence.  The Byzantium Empire, as we know it today, legally was the official continuation of the Roman Empire and it is often a part of history we overlook post a few mentions in stories of the Holy Land Crusades of the Catholic Church.

Very much a recommended listen!

Pop over to the site, stick on the headphones and disappear into the past!

The History of Byzantium Podcast

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