The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire: From Heraclius to Prince Charles

TLDR The Roman Empire faced numerous challenges and threats throughout its history, from sieges by the Arabs to the fall of Constantinople. Despite its eventual demise, the legacy of Rome continues to influence and inspire various cultures and individuals, such as the Byzantine Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, and even the Welsh princes.

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00:00 In the year 629 AD, the Roman Emperor Heraclius restored the true cross to Jerusalem, one of the greatest ceremonies in the history of the Roman Empire, but this is also the moment when the Roman Empire is going to end due to the reign of Heraclius being both glorious and disastrously disastrous.
04:50 The Byzantine Empire faces numerous threats and challenges, including sieges by the Arabs and constant threats to its holdings in Italy and Sicily, but manages to reestablish itself as a major regional power in the 10th and 11th centuries, with Constantinople becoming wealthy again and the Roman name still holding deep significance.
09:41 The myth of the last Roman emperor serves as a lightning rod for those who believe that the Roman empire must survive because of its eternal destiny, and Byzantium is able to survive by forging a coherent sense of a centralized identity as an embattled Christian people with a key role to play in the future supernatural drama, despite being called Greeks by the people in the West.
14:04 The fall of Constantinople in 1453 is considered the end of the Byzantine Empire and the Roman Empire, although the fall of Trebizond in 1461 is technically the final end of the Roman Empire.
18:41 The fall of Constantinople in 1453 is a devastating moment that reverberates throughout Christendom, with people mourning the Empire of Constantine as a great Christian bulwark against Islam, and although there have been attempts to revive the Roman Empire, such as the Holy Roman Empire, the question of whether these attempts are convincing or not will be explored in the second half of the podcast.
23:01 The Holy Roman Empire is neither holy nor Roman nor an empire, and while the Ottomans conquer Constantinople, Muscovy becomes the Eastern power that sees itself as the successor to Rome.
27:26 Moscow, despite being geographically far from Rome, has a strong claim to being the heir of Rome due to its historical connections and the belief among some Russians that they are the genuine Romans.
31:51 The belief in the continuity of Rome is evident in stories of Stalin and Putin's connections to Byzantium and their use of Roman imagery and symbolism in political events and propaganda.
36:31 The Islamic State and Muslim scholars believe in the conquest of Rome, both as a symbol of luxury and corruption and as a literal city, continuing the legacy of the Roman Empire's enemies.
40:56 The Welsh princes, who are descendants of Magnus Maximus, consider themselves licensed by Rome and Roman officials, with Edward I being the last barbarian conqueror to subdue a region of the Western Empire that still feels Roman, and the Prince of Wales being the heir to the Roman Empire in the West, making Prince Charles the last person in public life with a line of descent from the Roman Empire.
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