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Coping with pandemics in Byzantium, with Tina Sessa and Kyle Harper

This episode looks at Byzantine reactions to pandemics. What was the threshold of social visibility for a pandemic anyway? What could the government do to help? What imaginative and social resources were activated in times of pandemic?

The guests in this conversation are Tina Sessa and Kyle Harper. Tina Sessa is Associate Professor at The Ohio State University, with her focus on the history of late antique religions and society (ca. 300-700 CE), especially on the intersection between classical Roman culture and early Christianity in the late Roman West. Click here to view her university webpage.


Kyle Harper is Professor of Classics and Letters and Provost Emeritus at The University of Oklahoma. He is the author of The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire (Princeton University Press, 2017). Click here to view his university page or follow Kyle on Twitter @Oklahomaharper

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.

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