I am a fan of history then I found “The History of Rome” podcast by Mike Duncan. This is Part two of The History of Rome. If you haven’t listened to that, start there. This podcast will make more sense. When you finish “The History of Rome” move to this podcast. The best way I can describe “THoR” & “History of Byzantium” is if you like ancient history & Game of Thrones (minus the final season), you’ll dig this. On THoR you’ll learn about Empress Agripina & her son Emperor Nero, they were the inspiration for Queen Searcy & King Joffrey on Game of Thrones. The stories of the ancient world are quite devious & intriguing. I probably peaked you interest if you like stories with many plot twists.
Got here via The History of Rome. I appreciate how RP is up front about the varying quality and availability of sources as he continues this epic campaign. His clear skepticism is appropriate and appreciated and his calling out of what his favored conclusions are - and the fact that there are lots of things we will never know - are an important part of the work. I’m only up to 140 - but I have to point out the one time RP seemed to lose some of his constructive critical faculties when reading Procopius on Theodora. He seemed to forget his typical stance that the truth lies between the complimentary and critical writings, and allowed himself judge Theodora as just as debauched as an annoyed Procopius wanted you to believe. I do feel that RP did get a bit better about acknowledging the sexism embedded in the sources later on - and does a good job of recognizing the particular cultureism/racism of his sources by the 8th century and forward. I truly appreciate how this podcast informs me - and also challenges the way I reach conclusions.
Robin presents the history of Byzantium with a very professional radio sounding voice. His knowledge digs deep into the culture and he sites his sources and tells the audience of potential historical controversies over the source information. Highly recommended.
Thank you to Robin and all who made this wonderful telling of the Byzantine Empire. Both enjoyable and Enlightening, I’ve recommended this to many friends and family for learning about this Important era that if you have any knowledge of. Great thanks to Robin for the podcast.
Just diving in on this magnificent history podcast and I can’t stop listening! The history of the later empire of the Romans really comes to life for me in this telling, and I really must wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who likes a good story or history generally.
Most of us are like Robin and we grew up hearing almost nothing about the history of the Eastern Roman Empire. I imagine it stems from the prejudice of the Enlightenment period to degrade all things not of Western Europe. A thousand years of history basically ignored. Thank you Robin for doing the homework for us and being a great storyteller:)