The Byzantine Empire, a request form John Birkhead via email. John is also a podcaster. You can listen to his podcast at desertcastshow.com.
This is a very big topic and this episode is just an introduction to this vast subject. Please see the links below for more information about the Byzantine Empire. To find out how to can help those in Southern California currently battling the fires, please visit the Red Cross.
Online class on this subject open to the public via Boise State University
Lots of resources listed here via Fordham University
Downloadable lectures from Anders.com
Books from Amazon.com:
History of the Byzantine Empire: Vol. 1, 324-1453