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The column and equestrian statue of Justinian, with Elena Boeck

Though it is often overlooked today, Justinian’s column and colossal statue, which stood for a thousand years next to Hagia Sophia, defined the City almost as much as the Great Church itself. In this episode of Byzantium and Friends, we talk with Elena Boeck about the symbolism, history, and the engineering of this monument.

Elena Boeck is Professor of History of Art at DePaul University and specializes in the arts of the medieval Mediterranean world. Click here to follow her on Academia.edu. Her new book is The Bronze Horseman of Justinian in Constantinople: The Cross-Cultural Biography of a Mediterranean Monument, published by Cambridge University Press.

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She was previously the guest on Episode 5: Western Fantasies about Byzantium

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: The Column of Justinian as seen in this view of Constantinople from the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493).

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