TTC - World of Byzantium
by Kenneth Harl
published by The Teaching Company (TTC)
30 lectures of 30 minutes - mp3 - 355 mb
Try this thought experiment: Mentally chart the main phases of European history to 1500.
If you're like most of us, you probably moved from classical Greece through Alexander the Great, from the Rome of the Caesars to the Renaissance, with a detour into the long post-Roman hiatus known as the Dark and Middle Ages.
But this storyline is woefully incomplete, even misleading.
Why? It leaves out Byzantium.
Byzantium is the bridge between the Roman empire and the middle ages, between Eastern and Western civilisation, between polytheism and monotheism, between ancient and medieval.Course Lecture Titles
1. Imperial Crisis and Reform
3. State and Society Under the Dominate
4. Imperial Rome and the Barbarians
5. The Rise of Christianity
6. Imperial Church and Christian Dogma
7. The Friends of God—Ascetics and Monks
8. The Fall of the Western Empire
9. The Age of Justinian
10. The Reconquest of the West
11. The Search for Religious Unity
12. The Birth of Christian Aesthetics and Letters
13. The Emperor Heraclius
14. The Christian Citadel
15. Life in the Byzantine Dark Age
16. The Iconoclastic Controversy
17. Recovery Under the Macedonian Emperors
18. Imperial Zenith—Basil II
19. Imperial Collapse
20. Alexius I and the First Crusade
21. Comnenian Emperors and Crusaders
22. Imperial Exile and Restoration
23. Byzantine Letters and Aesthetics
24. The Fall of Constantinople