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When does Roman history end and Byzantine begin? with Marion Kruse

By what standards can anyone say that Roman history ends at some point and Byzantine history begins? Or is Byzantine history rather a phase of Roman history (namely, by far the longest one)? How did eastern authors, including Justinian, who lived in the aftermath of the end of empire in the West (476 AD), understand their place in the long trajectory of Roman history? And how do these labels function politically, for them and for us?

This conversation is with Marion Kruse, Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Cincinnati. You can learn more about Marion’s research on his page. This talk focuses on his book The Politics of Roman Memory: From the Fall of the Western Empire to the Age of Justinian.


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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Top Image: A New Mappe Of The Romane Empire by John Speed in 1626