The Odyssey of Western Civilization Lecture #5: Byzantium and the Agents of the Renaissance (Streaming Video)


When something is characterized as “byzantine,” it’s generally not a compliment. But Byzantium, a.k.a. Constantinople, gets a bad rap it doesn’t deserve. After Rome, the city, fell in 476, Rome the empire lived on with Constantinople as its capital.. When Constantinople finally fell to the Turks, Byzantine scholars fled west and planted the seeds that would flower as the Renaissance.


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Welcome to “The Odyssey of Western Civilization!” This visually rich and intellectually deep lecture series takes you on a tour of Western civilization — from the Greek and Roman empires to the British and American centuries, across time to the present.

This product is Lecture #5 in an eight-part video lecture series, available via streaming video and sold on


About The Odyssey of Western Civilization

In this eight-part series, Victor Davis Hanson locates its origins in classical Greece, then traces its progress from Greece to Rome; from the Mediterranean to Northern Europe; across the English Channel to Britain; and across the Atlantic to America. Eventually, in the 20th century, Western civilization seemed to lose faith in itself, and so currently we find ourselves stuck in the nihilistic dead end of postmodernism. But Hanson concludes the series with a hopeful prediction about the rebirth of the West.