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Byzantine Gender, with Leonora Neville

In the first episode of Byzantium & Friends, Leonora Neville talks about her new book Byzantine Gender – how people in the Byzantine Empire conceived of men and women, masculinity and femininity, and the proper behaviour for men and women.

Leonora Neville is the John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Professor of Byzantine History at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her work focuses on medieval history writing, authority, gender, and the importance of the classical past for Byzantine culture. Click here to visit her university webpage or follow her on Here is her TED-Ed video talking about Anna Commena:


Her book Byzantine Gender was published in 2019 by ARC Humanities Press. Click here to buy it on

Byzantium & Friends is hosted by Anthony Kaldellis, Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at The Ohio State University. You can follow him on his personal website.

You can listen to more episodes of Byzantium & Friends through Podbean.

Top Image: Bibliothèque nationale de France MS Grec 139. fol. 1v


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