Who were these raiders? What did they want? How did provincials and the empire as a whole respond to them? A fear of marauders probably doesn’t keep you up at night today, but this was a major anxiety in Byzantine life. In this episode of Byzantium & Friends, we have a conversation with Alexander Sarantis on the socio-economic impact of raiding on the lives of provincials as well as the military history of the empire and its finances.
Alexander Sarantis is late antique/Early Byzantine historian specialising in military affairs, international relations and socio-economic developments. He is a research fellow at the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz and Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. The conversation is based on Alexander’s study ‘The Socio-Economic Impact of Raiding on the Eastern and Balkan Borderlands of the Eastern Roman Empire, 502-602,’ Millennium 17 (2020) 203-264. He is also the author of Justinian’s Balkan Wars: Campaigns, Diplomacy and Development in Illyricum, Thrace and the Northern World A.D. 527-65. You can learn more about Alexander’s research on his Academia.edu page or follow him on Twitter @AlexanderSara20
— Alexander Sarantis (@AlexanderSara20) December 18, 2020
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.
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