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A Byzantine man of affairs, with Dimitris Krallis

Could one rise from a provincial town to a position of power and wealth in the capital without having a military career? How did Byzantine men of affairs in the eleventh century invest their new-found wealth and create networks of exchange internal to their estates? What was the role of the state in buttressing these “self-made” men? 

This episode is a conversation with Dimitris Krallis is a Professor and Director of the Centre for Hellenic Studies Simon Fraser University. He is the author of Serving Byzantium’s Emperors: The Courtly Life and Career of Michael Attaleiates. Click here to view his university page or follow him on Twitter @HomoByzantinus

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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: Michael Attaleiates from the Manuscript of the Diataxis. / Wikimedia Commons

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