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Episode 112 – The Frontier

Originally posted on The History of Byzantium:
The Empire c900 AD With the Caliphate in decline the Romans take a greater interest in the Armenian lands on their eastern border. We explore the fragmented landscape and politics of Armenia and take a quick glance at Cilicia and the forts beyond. Period: 802-912 Download: The Frontier RSS…

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Emperor Valens: A reign under siege!

Originally posted on The History of the Byzantine Empire:
The marble bust of this Roman Emperor is believed to be Valens or Honorius. Valens was beset by serious problems from the moment he was first appointed by his older brother Valentinian, to rule over the eastern half of the Roman Empire. It can be argued…

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The cheese of childhood: The gestalt of the Saturday afternoon movie.

Originally posted on www.seanmunger.com:
Did you grow up in the 70s or 80s? If so, you probably remember the nebulously-defined but unforgettable ritual of the Saturday afternoon movie. While the term “Saturday afternoon movie” is not a specific genre of cinema, saying it is bound to evoke certain images in many people’s minds–like…