Today, Anna takes the lead with the story of the eunuch general Narses! In this episode, we get an overview of Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora, and then we see Narses make his first appearance in quelling the infamous Nika Riots. Finally, he heads to Italy to reconquer Rome.
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Time/place: Byzantine Empire, 324-1453 BCE
Dead Idea: Court Eunuchs
Co-hosts: Nick and Anna
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