A conversation with Cecily Hilsdale about the coping strategies that late Byzantium used to counter, ameliorate, and reverse its imperial decline. We talk about the concepts of decline and soft power, and how art, literature, scholarship, and religious identity were deployed strategically to win over potential allies and disseminate a prestige Byzantine “brand.”
Cecily Hilsdale is Associate Professor at McGill University, where she specializes in the history of art within Byzantium and the wider Mediterranean world. You can learn more about Cecily’s research on her Academia.edu page. The conversation is based on her book Byzantine Art and Diplomacy in an Age of Decline (Cambridge University Press 2014).
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 fourteenth-century miniature Greek manuscript depicting scenes from the life of Alexander the Great. Wikimedia Commons