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Carolingian and Byzantine practices of empire compared, with Jennifer Davis

A conversation with Jennifer Davis on the study of empire in a medieval context, contrasting the different ways in which Charlemagne and the Byzantine emperors ran theirs. What do we mean by empire after all?

Jennifer R. Davis is Associate Professor at Catholic University of America. She is a historian of early medieval western Europe.  The discussion is based on her book, Charlemagne’s Practice of Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2015), which offers a new interpretation of this pivotal early medieval ruler and how he and his men attempted to control his vast empire. Click here to view Jennifer’s university webpage.

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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: Charlemagne depicted in Liber legum di lupus de ferrières e altri testi, circa 870-950 – Wikimedia Commons

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