Category Archives: Video

Newsnight review of Byzantium at the Royal Academy

This may be the final piece that I can uncover about the Royal Academy’s Byzantium exhibition. The (generally) excellent Newsnight team discuss Byzantium 330-1453 which explores the art and culture of the Byzantine empire. This is an interesting (and lively!) discussion … Continue reading

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BBC’s Chronicle – The Fall of Constantinople

Here is a little gem and a blast from the past. John Julius Norwich (who wrote the excellent and accessible trilogy on the history of Byzantium) tells the dramatic story of the fall of Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire, followed … Continue reading

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The last Orthodox patriarch in Turkey?

A very interesting report from CNN. First published on CNN.com on 27 August 2010. Istanbul, Turkey (CNN) — Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is the living embodiment of an ancient tradition. From his historic base in Istanbul, Turkey, the 270th Patriarch of … Continue reading

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How to put together a Byzantine exhibition

I never fail to think about the Royal Academy’s Byzantium 330-1453 exhibition without a slight tinge of regret. We only managed one visit. Whilst we made the absolute most of that I do wish that we had gone back again. … Continue reading

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Hagia Sofia: Dome Secrets

Enjoy this video which explains how the great dome of Hagia Sophia was designed and built. The engineering skills of the Romans was outstanding, and no computer simulation for them! Related article: Nineteenth Annual Runciman Lecture – Byzantine Architecture reconfigured … Continue reading

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A video reconstruction of Constantinople

I think this reconstruction is from the team behind the Byzantium 1200 project. They acknowledge that by the time of the fall of the city to the Crusaders in 1204, and certainly thereafter, the city may not have appeared quite … Continue reading

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Byzanz: Pracht und Alltag (Splendour and Everyday Life )

I have clearly not been scouring the web well enough over the past few months. I try to find out what is going on in the world of Byzantium, but missed this exhibition Byzanz: Pracht und Alltag (Byzantium: Splendour and Everyday Life ) which … Continue reading

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The Ancient World with Bettany Hughes – 4oD – Channel 4

For Bettany’s many fans out there it is still possible to watch some of the episodes from her recent series ‘The Ancient World’ shown on Channel 4. It is available by clicking this link – beware the episodes have an … Continue reading

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Agora the movie

Although criticised by some for historical inaccuracy and taking liberties with social structures, and by others for “promoting hatred of Christians and reinforcing false clichés about the Catholic Church.”, we should perhaps celebrate the fact that movies can be made … Continue reading

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The Byzantine music of Cappella Romana

As we approach Easter you may wish to add to your collection of Byzantine Orthodox music. The best in this field at the moment, in my view, are Cappella Romana. You can buy the CDs or download MP3 format. Click … Continue reading

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Walking the Via Egnatia 2010

The Via Egnatia Foundation is finalising the plans for the second and final section of the walk, or caravan, along the Via Egnatia which will be completed in two phases in May/June and July this year. The caravan will start … Continue reading

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Mizar & Harmosini hor – Konstantinopol (2010)

Interesting … Similar to Yugo-nostalgia, the nostalgia for the common Byzantine past can sometimes transcend some of the barriers erected through modern nationalism and racism in the Balkans. Mizar, a cult rock band that uses Macedonian traditional music and Orthodox … Continue reading

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The origins of the Russian religious icon

Art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon travels through time to unlock the world of Russian art. In this episode he explores the origins of the Russian religious icon. This is available for only three more days on BBC iPlayer – act quickly … Continue reading

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Edward Luttvak Interview

Watch Edward Luttvak interviewed by Harry Kreisler in the Berkeley University series Conversations with History. Edward Luttvak discusses his book “The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire.” Visit the books section to read a review from the Wall Street Journal. … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Song and a Beautiful Voice

This is my friend from Slovenia, Mateja Gorjup, who has such a beautiful voice, singing an old Serbian love song in one of the churches in Svete Gore in Slovenia. Enjoy!   She has provided us with a short explanation … Continue reading

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