11. Byzantium – Last of the Romans (Part 1 of 2)

On the outskirts of modern Istanbul, a line of ancient walls lies crumbling into the earth…

In this episode, we look at one of history’s most incredible stories of survival – the thousand-year epic of the Byzantine Empire. Find out how this civilization suffered the loss of its Western half, and continued the unbroken legacy of Rome right through the middle ages. Hear about how it formed a bridge between two continents, and two ages, and learn how the impregnable walls of Constantinople were finally brought crashing to the ground.

This episode we’re joined by members of the St Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral Choir in London, and a number of musicians playing traditional Byzantine instruments.

All original music for this episode available to download to Patreon subscribers: https://www.patreon.com/posts/39308482

PART 2 COMING SATURDAY 6TH FEBRUARY, OR AVAILABLE NOW FOR PATREON SUBSCRIBERS: https://www.patreon.com/fallofcivilizations_podcast


Sound engineering by Thomas Ntinas

Voice Actors:

Nicolas Rixon
Annie Kelly
Cleo Madeleine
Peter Walters
Lachlan Lucas

3D reconstructions of Constantinople by Evren Öztürk: https://www.artstation.com/evrenever
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/evren-%C3%B6zt%C3%BCrk-297683ba/

3D reconstructions of the Theodosian Walls by Tarik Tamyurek: https://www.artstation.com/ttamyurek

Timelapses of Istanbul kindly provided by Cüneyt Karaahmetoğlu under a Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0) license

Original Compositions and music supervision:

Pavlos Kapralos (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzgAonk4-uVhXXjKSF-Nz1A)

Chanters from the Greek Orthodox Cathedral:

Michael Georgiou
Alexandros Gikas
Matthew Tomko
Stephanos Thomaides
Pavlos Kapralos

Traditional Musicians:

Monooka (Monica Lucia Madas), vocals
Alexandros Koustas, Lyra (other names: Byzantine Lyra/ Lyra of Istanbul/ Kemence)
Konstantinos Glynos, Kanonaki (other names: qanun; in Byzantine Greek: psaleterion)
Theofilos Lais, Cretan Lyra
Dario Papavassiliou, Santouri (other name: Greek Santur)
Pavlos Kapralos, Oud

Other music by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: incompetech.com/

Title theme: Home At Last by John Bartmann. https://johnbartmann.com/

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