The Byzantine Empire

Charles William Chadwick OMAN (1860 - 1946)

Fifty years ago the word “Byzantine” was used as a synonym for all that was corrupt and decadent, and the tale of the East-Roman Empire was dismissed by modern historians as depressing and monotonous. The great Gibbon had branded the successors of Justinian and Heraclius as a series of vicious weaklings, and for several generations no one dared to contradict him. Two books have served to undeceive the English reader, the monumental work of Finlay, published in 1856, and the more modern volumes of Mr. Bury, which appeared in 1889. Since they have written, the Byzantines no longer need an apologist, and the great work of the East-Roman Empire in holding back the Saracen, and in keeping alive throughout the Dark Ages the lamp of learning, is beginning to be realized. (Wikipedia)

Oman starts with the arrival of Greek traders to establish a colony and ends "So the cry that God was great and Mohammed his prophet rang through the dome where thirty generations of patriarchs had celebrated the Holy Mysteries, and all Europe and Asia knew the end was come of the longest tale of Empire that Christendom has yet seen. Finis".

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, History

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 00 - Preface Ric F
00:02:36
Play 01 01 - Byzantium Ric F
00:22:05
Play 02 02 - The Foundation of Constantinople (A.D. 328-330) Ric F
00:26:23
Play 03 03 - The Fight with the Goths Ric F
00:22:30
Play 04 04 - The Departure of the German Ric F
00:16:42
Play 05 05 - The Reorganization of the Eastern Empire (A.D 408-518) Ric F
00:19:23
Play 06 06 - Justinian Robert Hoffman
00:23:30
Play 07 07 - Justinian's Foreign Conquests Edmund Bloxam
00:25:21
Play 08 08 - The End of Justinians Reign Edmund Bloxam
00:22:20
Play 09 09 - The Coming of the Slavs Edmund Bloxam
00:21:00
Play 10 10 - The Darkest Hour Edmund Bloxam
00:20:32
Play 11 11 - Social and Religious Life (A.D. 320-620) Ric F
00:28:20
Play 12 12 - The Coming of the Saracens xinamarieuhl
00:26:11
Play 13 13 - The First Anarchy xinamarieuhl
00:16:16
Play 14 14 - The Saracens Turn Back April Gonzales
00:08:54
Play 15 15 - The Iconoclasts (A.D. 720-802) xinamarieuhl
00:16:50
Play 16 16 - The End of the Iconoclasts (A.D. 802-806) Ric F
00:23:13
Play 17 17 - The Literary Emperors and Their Time (A.D. 886-963) Richard Carpenter
00:17:23
Play 18 18 - Military Glory Richard Carpenter
00:21:03
Play 19 19 - The End of the Macedonian Dynasty Edmund Bloxam
00:14:19
Play 20 20 - Manizikert (1057-1081) Andrew Nelson
00:13:18
Play 21 21 - The Comneni and the Crusades Edmund Bloxam
00:22:46
Play 22 22 - The Latin Conquest of Constantinople Ric F
00:34:22
Play 23 23 - The Latin Empire and the Empire of Nicaea (1204-1261) Ric F
00:20:37
Play 24 24 - Decline and Decay (1261-1328) Ric F
00:22:32
Play 25 25 - The Turks in Europe Ric F
00:19:06
Play 26 26 - The End of a Long Tale (1370-1453) Ric F
00:31:02