Here's the crux:
Was the Byzantine system of government especially complex?Only compared to those of medieval Europe.
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And related, I LOVED LOVED LOVED these free podcasts - 12 Byzantine Rulers by Lars Brownsworth. The podcasts are also available on iTunes. Very lively, very political and very interesting history. Also a good bit of church history. Many of these great stories not commonly known or taught in US schools. His book Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization alludes to that (and is very readable too).
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