Empire of Gold : A History of the Byzantine Empire

Empire of Gold A History of the Byzantine Empire Publication Prince Frederick MD Boulder Colo Recorded Books Subject Istanbul Turkey History Rome History Byzantine Empire History Downloadable audio books Audiobooks Language English Duration

  • Title: Empire of Gold : A History of the Byzantine Empire
  • Author: Thomas F. Madden
  • ISBN: 9781429482554
  • Page: 282
  • Format: None
  • Publication Prince Frederick, MD, Boulder, Colo Recorded Books, 2007.Subject Istanbul Turkey History.Rome History.Byzantine Empire History.Downloadable audio books.Audiobooks Language English Duration 8 Hours 19 Minutes Product ID 199850 EISBN 9781429482554 ISBN 9781428132672 File Size 116 MB CD Quality 16 MB Radio Quality

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    1. It's amazing that the Byzantine Empire lasted so long, given its location & how its history reads like an extended soap opera. If eye stabbings make you queasy, best not learn about the Byzantines.Good lecturer, and was pretty good at helping me distinguish between all the similarly-named eye-stabbers-and-stabbees. (And yes, I know there's more to the Eastern Roman Empire than eye stabbings. But it features far more often than any other empire out there)

    2. Early on in this lecture series, I learned that “Byzantine” is a modern designation to distinguish this empire from the Roman Empire. Those we call “Byzantine” actually viewed themselves as Romans. In the waning days of the Roman Republic, the conflict in which Octavius Caesar defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra represented a victory of the Latin West over the Greek East. With the rise of Constantinople, the time of the Greek East had come, and the Greek East would preserve the heritage o [...]

    3. These are pretty cool14 lectures on a topic from a professor, it's like going to class only without Geddie convincing me that I really don't want to go.I have always been intrigued by Byzantiume CrusadesPatriarch. I also really like the song "Istanbul not Constantinople"This went through start to finish and was just really interesting and enlightening. Afterwards, I really felt I had learned a lot. Each lecture is about 50 minutes--and the time goes fast. If you see these things, pick them up. Y [...]

    4. I understand that a thousand years of history is a lot to cover, but I was expecting more than just a list of its leaders and a little of what was going on in the actual empire. I was very disappointed, as there is so much potential, and a lot of names could have been left out and spent the time talking about the Byzantine Empire. It should be re-titled to "Emperors of the Byzantine Empire".

    5. When Lars Brownworth did his '12 Byzantine Rulers' podcast, no one could expect much. Here was an amateur working primarily from John Julius Norwich's archaic and flawed works. And yet, he managed to put together an entertaining series of lectures. This is why this particular audiobook is such a travesty. The expectations are much higher for Thomas Madden, because he is a published, peer-reviewed scholar with a PhD. My own expectations were high because his academic work is quite good. Instead, [...]

    6. * * * - I liked the book. Empire of Gold - A History of the Byzantine Empire, is a series of lectures read by the author professor Thomas Madden. The title is rather self-explanatory when it comes to the contents. It starts roughly with the decision to have two emperors instead of one ruling the Roman Empire, and then on through the fall of the Western part and on to what I feel is a partly forgotten continuation of the Roman Empire in the east. This might be very basic knowledge to some, but th [...]

    7. The lecture series epitomises what a drably written history book can be.The subject is absolutely fascinating. But for fourteen lectures, all that one gets are a series of names who happened to be kings, regents and other royal nobles. We get some details about their siblings, how they come to power, lose it and die to make way for the next name.In between the chronicling, one will be repeatedly told that how this empire was always decaying and on the verge of a collapse to survive/revive. With [...]

    8. I have never studied the Eastern Roman Empire, or Byzantine Empire, in as much detail as I have the empire before the fall of Rome. It was fascinating, and utterly amazing to me that an empire established centuries before Christ still survived in part until 1453. Only once in the empire's history was the capital city of Constantinople conquered, and that was due to the Byzantines not realizing they were in any real danger (read up on the fourth crusade). It took the invention of cannons to final [...]

    9. Quite terrible. I would give it one star, but the subject matter is so interesting that it made the awful lecturer somewhat more bearable. Very little storytelling, just an unbearable list of dates and names. In the course of the narration, some sons, wives, Popes just disappear: new characters appear on the scene and no explanation is offered. I got to frustrated with it that I gave up after the 7th lecture.

    10. The Roman empire never stopped, since the division into East and West Roma, started the Byzantine Empire in the East. I am interested in reading more about the myths and legends from this era, as well as learning more about the Eastern Orthodox faith, and the beautiful icons. I was overwhelmed by the list of emperors who fought one another, and then had offspring, and repeat. Is there no other way to list the history of a people?

    11. The second half of the roman empire, up until its fall in 1453. It's an ok description of all the rulers and wars until its fall. I most enjoyed an early chapter that describes how the city looked like around 700b.c.

    12. I was disappointed by these lectures. If they included more storytelling they would be much more enjoyable. I recommend the lectures of J. Rufus Fears. He covers history without it being a dry conglomeration of dates, names, and facts.

    13. This is a course of lectures on the Byzantine empire. Since I knew essentially nothing, it was quite interesting. Very little depth but a nice overview for a long drive in the car.

    14. A fascinating look at a crossroads in between Rome and Greece, in between Classical and Medieval, in between Islam and Christianityin between Orthodox and Catholic.

    15. I've given up on Madden as a lecturer after sampling a couple of his titles in the Modern Scholar series. He's frankly boring.

    16. Really enjoyed learning about this powerful, but little known (to most Americans) empire. My preteen son enjoyed it too. Madden is a very entertaining lecturer.

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