12 Byzantine Rulers: The History of The Byzantine Empire

This history of the Byzantine Empire is a lecture series written and presented by Mr. Lars Brownworth, author of the book "Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire that Rescued Western Civilization". (in bookstores and on Amazon.com) He has traveled extensively from the furthest reaches of the Byzantine Empire all the way to its heart at Constantinople. Join him for an engaging look at the history of the Byzantine Empire through the eyes of 12 of its greatest rulers. For more information, including video of Mr. Brownworth's Smithsonian Lecture on Byzantium, please visit http://www.12byzantinerulers.com/

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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 20m. Bisher sind 19 Folge(n) erschienen.
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Episode 16 - Constantine XI


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 25 September 2007  37m
 
 

Episode 15 - Isaac


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Episode 14 - Alexius


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Episode 12 - Basil I


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Episode 11 - Irene


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