What can the sex lives of Byzantines tell us about court eunuchs? Find out today in these sizzling chariot-cab confessions.
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Time/place: Byzantine Empire, 324-1453 BCE
Dead Idea: Court Eunuchs
Co-hosts: Nick and Anna
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