Byzantium Unearthed

Historian Bettany Hughes presents a series that uses the latest archaeological evidence to learn more about the empire of Byzantium and the people who ruled it.

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Historian Bettany Hughes presents a series that uses the latest archaeological evidence to learn more about the empire of Byzantium and the people who ruled it.

Bettany Hughes learns about what the treasures found in modern-day Istanbul can teach us.

Historian Bettany Hughes begins a series that uses the latest archaeological evidence to learn more about the empire of Byzantium and the people who ruled it.

Bettany learns how treasures found in the empire's capital, modern-day Istanbul, reveal much about the life and importance of a civilisation that, whilst being devoutly Christian and the inheritors of the Romans, was also exotic and eastern.

012008100820090216
20081008 (BBC7)
20141201 (BBC7)
20141202 (BBC7)

Historian Bettany Hughes presents a series that uses the latest archaeological evidence to learn more about the empire of Byzantium and the people who ruled it.

Bettany Hughes learns about what the treasures found in modern-day Istanbul can teach us.

Historian Bettany Hughes begins a series that uses the latest archaeological evidence to learn more about the empire of Byzantium and the people who ruled it.

Bettany learns how treasures found in the empire's capital, modern-day Istanbul, reveal much about the life and importance of a civilisation that, whilst being devoutly Christian and the inheritors of the Romans, was also exotic and eastern.

022008101520090217
20081015 (BBC7)
20141202 (BBC7)
20141203 (BBC7)

Bettany examines the public and private life of the Byzantines. Women had unprecedented power in the Empire, as did the mysterious 'third sex' of eunuchs. But, in this part Roman, part fundamentalist Christian, state, dangerous political factions would keep the blood of political dynasties flowing.

Bettany Hughes uses the latest archaeological evidence to learn about the Byzantine empire

022008101520090217
20081015 (BBC7)
20141202 (BBC7)
20141203 (BBC7)

Bettany examines the public and private life of the Byzantines. Women had unprecedented power in the Empire, as did the mysterious 'third sex' of eunuchs. But, in this part Roman, part fundamentalist Christian, state, dangerous political factions would keep the blood of political dynasties flowing.

Bettany Hughes uses the latest archaeological evidence to learn about the Byzantine empire

03 LAST2008102220090218
20081022 (BBC7)
20141203 (BBC7)
20141204 (BBC7)

Bettany ventures to the eastern edge of the empire, where the new religion of Islam first gained a foothold.

For nearly a thousand years the empire made war and peace with the Muslim countries to its south and east. However, the fatal blow to Byzantium came not, as is widely thought at the hands of the Ottoman Turks in 1453, but by from the Christian west 250 years earlier.

For nearly a thousand years the empire made war and peace with the Muslim countries to its south and east. However, the fatal blow to Byzantium came not, as is widely thought from the Ottoman Turks in 1453, but from the Christian West 250 years earlier.

Bettany Hughes uses the latest archaeological evidence to learn about the Byzantine empire

Bettany Hughes ventures to the troubled borders of this massive empire.

03 LAST2008102220090218
20081022 (BBC7)
20141203 (BBC7)
20141204 (BBC7)

Bettany ventures to the eastern edge of the empire, where the new religion of Islam first gained a foothold.

For nearly a thousand years the empire made war and peace with the Muslim countries to its south and east. However, the fatal blow to Byzantium came not, as is widely thought at the hands of the Ottoman Turks in 1453, but by from the Christian west 250 years earlier.

For nearly a thousand years the empire made war and peace with the Muslim countries to its south and east. However, the fatal blow to Byzantium came not, as is widely thought from the Ottoman Turks in 1453, but from the Christian West 250 years earlier.

Bettany Hughes uses the latest archaeological evidence to learn about the Byzantine empire

Bettany Hughes ventures to the troubled borders of this massive empire.