Fall of Civilizations - 11. Byzantium - Last of the Romans (Part 1 of 2)

On the outskirts of modern Istanbul, a line of ancient walls lies crumbling into the earth...


In this episode, we look at one of history’s most incredible stories of survival - the thousand-year epic of the Byzantine Empire. Find out how this civilization suffered the loss of its Western half, and continued the unbroken legacy of Rome right through the middle ages. Hear about how it formed a bridge between two continents, and two ages, and learn how the impregnable walls of Constantinople were finally brought crashing to the ground.


This episode we're joined by members of the St Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral Choir in London, and a number of musicians playing traditional Byzantine instruments.


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Sound engineering by Thomas Ntinas


Voice Actors:


Nicolas Rixon

Annie Kelly

Cleo Madeleine

Peter Walters

Lachlan Lucas


3D reconstructions of Constantinople by Evren Öztürk: https://www.artstation.com/evrenever



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3D reconstructions of the Theodosian Walls by Tarik Tamyurek: https://www.artstation.com/ttamyurek



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Timelapses of Istanbul kindly provided by Cüneyt Karaahmetoğlu under a Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0) license


Original Music by: Pavlos Kapralos ( 


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[Also heard Petros Peloponnesios' "Nihavend Pesrev"  and the ecclesiastical hymn "Agne Parthene Despina"]



Monooka (Monica Lucia Madas): Vocals

Alexandros Koustas: Lyra (kemence)

Konstantinos Glynos: Qanun

Theofilos Lais: Cretan lyra

Dario Papavassiliou: Santouri (greek santur)

Pavlos Kapralos: Oud 


Chanters from the St Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral:

Michael Georgiou

Alexandros Gikas

Matthew Tomko

Stephanos Thomaides

Pavlos Kapralos 


Other music by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: incompetech.com/


Title theme: Home At Last by John Bartmann. https://johnbartmann.com/