Recommendation: The History of Byzantium (Podcast, Robin Pierson)

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Hello everyone! For today’s post, I will be recommending a history podcast I recently found, The History of Byzantium. This podcast, narrated by Robin Pierson, views itself as a spiritual successor to The History of Rome, by Mike Duncan (which I have not listened to but have heard is excellent), and although I cannot comment on whether or not it succeeds in this respect, I can guarantee it does an excellent job in all other respects. The podcast has been going for three years, since 2012, and has currently reached as far as 811 CE. Though I have only currently listened as far as the death of Emperor Anastasius, I have found the story riveting, and am enjoying myself immensely, not to mention learning about a period of history that has always fascinated me.

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How Accurate Is: Renowned Explorers: International Society (Game, 2015)

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Hello everyone! Today’s post is on the accuracy of Renowned Explorers: International Society, by Abbey Games. This game is an interesting case. While it does have its roots in history, it makes no pretense to be genuinely historical; however, I found the way in which it interprets history sufficiently interesting to justify a post regardless.

The background for this game is the age of exploration, in the seventeenth or eighteenth century. The Americas and most of the African coastline, as well as Asia, have been charted by Europeans, but besides the coastline mystery abounds. The game therefore makes liberal use of pop culture and historical references to populate its world with a variety of historical and semi-historical events and characters. One treasure which can be found in the game, for example, is King Kong (or an equivalent), who can then be brought back to Europe to be displayed. On a more historical note, the locales visited by the band of intrepid explorers controlled by the player include islands in the Caribbean (populated by smugglers) abandoned forts in Hungary, and the coast of West Africa, presenting an interesting mix of global locations.

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