Monday, 16 December 2013

Byzantium: a tale of three cities, episode one



Above is the first part of a three-part series currently being shown on the BBC called Byzantium: a tale of three cities. Episode one concerns the founding of the city up until the Great Schism of 1054. What’s striking about the show isn’t Simon Sebag Montefiore’s take on Byzantine history – which is fairly traditional – but the sight of the barbarians, and their barbarian ways, now occupying and disfiguring the city and the warning this should provide to any thinking Greek.

* Click on links for episodes two and three.

4 comments:

Hermes said...

Montefiore is not a Byzantine specialist. There is a clutch of British populist historians, who maybe at the start of their careers are rigourous and objective, but eventually become appropriated by the British and American establishment and become tools of propaganda and manipulation. Apart from Montefiore, the pathetic Niall Ferguson and to a lesser extent, Simon Schama immediately come to mind.

Hermes said...

Oh, I forgot to mention Tom Holland, another speaking circuit moron in the making.

John Akritas said...

Of course, you’re right. Montefiore is not a historian and these films are just travelogue. Like I said, I found them interesting as a warning to us as to what is at stake in our conflict with the barbarians. They also indicated what depraved degenerates the barbarians are. Also, as someone unlikely ever to visit Constantinople, it was moving to see some of our most important monuments on display.

Loukas Leon said...

A good proportion of these so-called "Byzantine specialists" are complete rubbish anyway, whatever their nationality. Montefiore and Schama are not so much British as Jews (the latter I think is married to a Greek, not sure).