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Join the Portsmouth branch of the Historical Association for a series of fascinating and wide-ranging talks on a whole host of subjects.

All talks start at 7pm and finish no later than 8.30pm. Pay on arrival: £4 per lecture, or £20 for all lectures October to May. Students and HA members are free. There's no need to book a place, just turn up.

Byzantium: The Forgotten Empire
14 May 2024
By Professor Jonathan Harris, Royal Holloway, University of London
This talk is an exploration of one of the great cultural and political forces of the Middle Ages that somehow never made it onto the school curriculum. The lecture looks at who the Byzantines were and why their state endured for so long in very adverse circumstances between the fourth and fifteenth centuries. ​Finally, it will consider why and how, in the end, it disappeared. Jonathan Harris' publications include Byzantium and the Crusades (Third edition 2022), Introduction to Byzantium (602-1453) (2020) and Lost World of Byzantium (2015).

There will also be social events at the Guildhall Brewhouse and Kitchen from 7pm-9pm on 17 October 2023 and 21 May 2024.

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£4 per lecture, or £20 for all lectures October to May. Students and HA members free. Pay on arrival, no pre-booking required.

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Portsmouth Historical Association 2023/24 Programme


Park Building, University of Portsmouth, King Henry I Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2BZ

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Byzantium: The Forgotten Empire (14 May 2024)
Tuesday19:00 - 20:30

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