A truly gripping retelling of the life of a storied, complex, inspiring but oft-forgotten empire. The way the script manages to juggle so many different perspectives, from factual retellings, to interpretations, to showing what life must have been like on the ground, to the repercussions of the actions of people, "great men" or not, it is all a sight to behold. I don't think I've ever had as amazing an experience listening to anything, podcast or music, as when talking a long walk at night a few years ago, listening to the story of the return of Justinian II from exile. It was like a film unfolding before my very eyes. Nothing like it has happened before or since. Listen to this podcast. It is good.