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The History of Byzantium

A podcast telling the story of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire from 476 AD to 1453. www.thehistoryofbyzantium.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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Recent Episodes of The History of Byzantium


Episode 302 - Colonial Occupation

Episode 302 - Colonial Occupation

We talk about the Latin occupied parts of Byzantium. What was life like for the conquered and the conquerors? Was the occupation a colonial enterprise?


Period: 1204-61


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Episode 10 July 2024 27m and 29s


Episode 301 - The Fifth Crusade with Nicholas Morton

Episode 301 - The Fifth Crusade with Nicholas Morton

Professor Nicholas Morton returns to tell us the story of the Fifth Crusade. To learn more check out his book The Mongol Storm: Making and Breaking Empires in the Medieval Near East. 

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Episode 3 July 2024 54m and 16s


Episode 300 - The 10 Greatest Byzantine Emperors

Episode 300 - The 10 Greatest Byzantine Emperors

For our 300th episode I decided to do something different. I chose my 10 greatest Byzantine Emperors.

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Episode 26 June 2024 22m and 38s


Episode 299 - Baldwin II with John Giebfried

Episode 299 - Baldwin II with John Giebfried

With Constantinople back in Roman hands we explore the one vantage point we've ignored: the last Latin Emperor Baldwin II. Dr John Giebfried returns to give us Baldwin's biography.


Period: 1215-61

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...

Episode 19 June 2024 48m and 32s


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 12 June 2024 29m and 2s


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 5 June 2024 23m and 35s


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 imp...

Episode 29 May 2024 44m and 39s


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 22 May 2024 27m and 26s


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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Episode 14 May 2024 16m and 47s


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.


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Episode 8 May 2024 43m and 9s

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