Peter Frankopan
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Director of the Center for Byzantine Research at Oxford University; Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. Specialist in medieval Greek literature, the Crusades, the history of Russia, the Near East and the Byzantine Empire.

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England's Cricketing collapse: What Alastair Cook Can Learn From Two 11th Century Byzantine Speeches

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2014 | (09:37)

The Feast of the Epiphany, as any Byzantine historian could tell you, was a day for home truths. Each year, a leading cleric would stand in front of the Emperor and deliver a speech that set out achievements, hope and fears. Such occasions were all about reading between the lines...

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Putin - A Byzantine Emperor in All but Name

(1) Comments | Posted 12 June 2013 | (10:24)

Vladimir Putin gets a bad press in the western world - there are sniggers that he is too autocratic; too controlling and too repressive. The judo and the motorbike-riding, the bare-chested fishing; shirtless horse riding; surfacing from scuba-diving with two intact Greek amphorae - I mean, come on, I hear...

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Mongols, Global Conquest and the Champions League

(0) Comments | Posted 11 May 2013 | (00:50)

I have been working on the history of the steppes of Central Asia recently and looking at the interaction between the nomadic and sedentary world.

To the naked eye, the former looks completely chaotic: nomad tribes were famous for their vicious and savage lifestyles, as different as night and day...

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David Bowie, the V&A and Medieval Pilgrimage

(1) Comments | Posted 22 March 2013 | (23:00)

Earlier this week, I saw the brilliant David Bowie exhibition at the V&A. The show is quite fantastic and has had critics not just swooning, but bursting into rhapsodies and, in at least one case,, tears.

It is in many ways the perfect exhibition. Simply called David Bowie...

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Derek Zoolander, Fashion and the Byzantine Empire

(0) Comments | Posted 6 March 2013 | (16:46)

The Byzantine Empire, as Derek Zoolander might say; it's so hot right now.

This has been a good week to be a specialist on the Byzantine Empire. Usually, the name alone is enough to inspire a blank look, prompting a scratch of the head and a raid of the memory...

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On History, Homer and Ben Affleck

(0) Comments | Posted 1 March 2013 | (15:17)

So, Argo won Best Picture at the Oscars. The story of the Iran hostage crisis in 1979 made for a gripping tale, packed with tension and adrenaline. It was not easy, tweeted Ben Affleck, in response to gushing praise, 'to play a role in a true story - you have...

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