FlitterWeb Logo

CategoriesReviewPromoteDiscover
LOG INREGISTER
Visit Site

The History of Byzantium

Functionality
Aesthetics
Ease-Of-Use
Service/Support
http://thehistoryofbyzantium.com

Podcasts , History

The History of Byzantium is a podcast dedicated to the story of the Roman Empire from the fall of the West in 476 to the fall of Constantinople in 1453.

Robin Pierson is from London in the UK. He writes about American TV shows at thetvcritic.org and works for his father (an actor).

41 Likes Write a Review! Share
Recommended
Recent
Fresh
Popular

Recommended Reviews

Tjørhom

Tjørhom

22

Functionality
Aesthetics
Ease-Of-Use
Service/Support
The website has a layout and style familiar from other blogs. Each entry links to an episode of the podcast, and the sidebar has all the standard content such as links to other blogs, podcasts, the website's sponsor etc. The blog entries could perhaps be enhanced with various tags to make it easier to find similar entries, but all in all the functionality is more than satisfactory.

The aesthetics of the site are nice enough, and go along well with the theme of the podcast without entering into the realm of caricature. The blog entries enhance the podcast episodes in meaningful ways with interesting photographs and maps. Both of which tend to be well chosen and easy to understand, and the latter is also true for the website in general.

The podcast itself is easy to recommend; Mr. Pierson presents an interesting, well told and suitably multi-faceted narrative of the Eastern Roman Empire. He avoids falling into the 'politics only' trap and keeps his listeners informed about the world outside the palace walls; from matters of religion, every day life, the ideas and views of the time, to the international context. Perhaps the only thing missing from this broad view is a closer look at the world of trade and economic activity in general.
rudy924

rudy924

11

Functionality
Aesthetics
Ease-Of-Use
Service/Support
I came to The History of Byzantium not only directly from Mike Duncan's The History of Rome (which I had just completed) but I was also already familiar with Robin from having listened to some of his thetvcritic.org podcasts as well as his A Pod of Casts (Game of Thrones Podcast) show with Roberto Suarez.

Robin covers the historical topics found in HoB with the same level of insight and professionalism that he brings to his TV discussions (whether on Buffy of Walking dead or even Spartacus). He not only does an excellent job at carrying the story of the Romans forward from where Mike Duncan leaves off, and providing much needed illumination and understanding to what is (for me) a much murkier period of history. I know much about the Roman Empire until 476, much less about it from 500-1453. Robin is ably filling those gaps for me.

Some of my favorite episodes so far have dealt with his coverage of the plague that struck during Justinian's time (mid 6th century), the devastation it wrought and the lasting effects it had on the Empire. Of course this plague (carried by the Y Pestis bacterium) was also linked to the Black Death that struck Europe later. Arguably it was more devastating in Justinian's time

Among other things, I look forward to his coverage of the Crusades and their effect on the Empire and the Byzantines in a few centuries.

Highly recommended!
Fromkiss Schmiddlap

Fromkiss Schmiddlap

11

Functionality
Aesthetics
Ease-Of-Use
Service/Support
The first history podcast I listened to was Mike Duncan's "History of Rome". I picked up on some others but avoided the History of Byzantium because I thought it would be too specialized and obscure; after all, Byzantium was just the remnant of the old Roman Empire and it pretty much lost relevance until the Crusades, right?

Not even close. Understanding Byzantium is crucial to understanding the modern world. Robin Pierson is careful to offer a great quantity of detail along with how it all links up to the period and the region. Even though I had recently read a number of books on Islam, his discussion of Islam and its origins revealed insights that I had not come across before and that make the whole picture of that region much clearer.

And while presenting much information about politics, social structure, daily life, and the inner life of the Byzantines, he puts that all into the service of a narrative thread, i.e., it's a really good story. Aside from taking an upper level university course (or two) or plowing through a shelf of books, I don't see how else I could get access to this breadth and depth of information.

On top of that, I simply enjoy listening to the podcast. It might be just the history geek in me speaking, but if anyone is looking for thoughtful entertainment, I think this will be a treat.
JRidings

JRidings

8

Functionality
Aesthetics
Ease-Of-Use
Service/Support
Great stuff. Love listening to it. I won't be to lengthy, because I'm at work and if I'm gonna piss my day away with non-work related stuff, I'd rather do it listening to The History of Byzantium than writing this review.

In any case, interesting. I never thought I'd find the conflicts within the Orthodox christian church to be as interesting as I now do.

Monophysitism stronk!
mpadraig

mpadraig

17

Functionality
Aesthetics
Ease-Of-Use
Service/Support
I heard about Mike Duncan's History of Rome, but through my education I decided to skip his podcast and backtrack at a future date. The largest symptomatic issue describing my love of this podcast is that during my x3 2 hour commute to school I now drive to speed limit to elongate my time listening to this podcast. Very different than Dan Carlin's singular series, this is a very long series with bite sized episodes. HIGHLY RECCOMEND. We don't know enough about the Byzantium empire or any contemporary empire, generally. Give it a go. Robin is Fantastic.
Alexander Winn

Alexander Winn

5,848

Functionality
Aesthetics
Ease-Of-Use
Service/Support
This is a really great podcast! The site is a little sparse, but that's ok: we're really just in it for the info. The narrative is clear and interesting, and the content is fascinating. Highly recommended!
mrose17

mrose17

6

Functionality
Aesthetics
Ease-Of-Use
Service/Support
An amazing podcast: well-researched, informative, and well-paced. A "must" both for history fans and those wishing to understand the great civilizations of late antiquity.
Jamie S.

Jamie S.

6

Functionality
Aesthetics
Ease-Of-Use
Service/Support
He has a really good voice for podcasts. It's fun to listen to, and you'll feel smarter after!
Gennaro C.

Gennaro C.

4

Functionality
Aesthetics
Ease-Of-Use
Service/Support
What a great podcast! I can't wait for each new episode to be released!!!
Ray Colenutt

Ray Colenutt

64

Functionality
Aesthetics
Ease-Of-Use
Service/Support
A brilliant follow up to The History of Rome - recommended
1234

Sites Like The History of Byzantium

Featured Review


Revolutions

Revolutions

by Simon Wheeler

This history podcast is the work of Mike Duncan, who wrote and narrated the epic 'History of Rome' podcast.

So far he has covered the English (very good), American (excellent) and French (very good) revolutions. All in lots of detail, from the 'seeds of change' that led up to th...
See more...

Recent Reviews


The History of Byzantium

The History of Byzantium

by KrisA

I heartily agree with the reviews on this podcast series left so far by other listeners. I've not yet listened to Mike Duncan's History of Rome podcast (though I'm now inspired to do so), but the History of Byzantium podcast is a tour de force from Robin. He has done a sterling and balanced job...


The History of English Podcast

The History of English Podcast

by KrisA

I have found the History of English podcast absolutely riveting; in fact, I 'binged- listened' my way through the first 100 or so episodes, and am very relieved that there are clearly many more to come :-). History via etymology - a great concept, well-delivered by Kevin. Highly recommended.


The History of Byzantium

The History of Byzantium

by wlad

It's so amazing that we have the opportunity to listen to so many years of history is such a fine detail. It's a marvel of the modern world. Thanks for doing this, Robin!


Yahoo!

Yahoo!

by jenniferarmins

love it



Site Map

Home
Submit a Site
Best Of FlitterWeb
Site Wall
Category Index
New: Sites / Reviews / Members

Meta

FlitterDev
Community Forum/Blog
Promote Your Website
Content Guidelines
Stay Connected
FAQ / About / Contact Us

Fine Print

Terms of Service
Privacy Policy
© FlitterWeb, 2018. All rights reserved.