History and Historiography

The Byzantine Empire: The Age of Justinian – Cashing in the Gains of the Fifth Century

Between 330 AD and 1453, Constantinople (modern Istanbul) was the capital of the Roman Empire, otherwise known as the Later Roman Empire, the Eastern Roman Empire, the Mediaeval Roman Empire, or The Byzantine Empire. For most of this time, it was the largest and richest city in Christendom. The territories of which it was the central capital enjoyed better protections of life, liberty and property, and a higher standard of living, than any other Christian territory, and usually compared favourably with the neighbouring and rival Islamic empires. The purpose of this course is to give an overview of Byzantine history, from the refoundation of the City by Constantine the Great to its final capture by the Turks. Here is a series of lectures given by Sean Gabb in late 2021, in which he discusses and tries to explain the history of Byzantium. For reasons of politeness and data protection, all student contributions have been removed. More by Sean Gabb on the Ancient World: https://www.classicstuition.co.uk/ Learn Latin or Greek or both with him: https://www.udemy.com/user/sean-gabb/ His historical novels (under the pen name “Richard Blake”): https://www.amazon.co.uk/Richard-Blak…

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