A conversation with Michael Grünbart about the problem of imperial decision-making. Byzantine emperors are often presented to us as perfectly virtuous monarchs favored by God, but can we pull the veil away from this image and understand the difficult conditions under which they had to make decisions that could potentially cost them their throne? Whom did they consult? How and why did they delegate? Did they have experts? Data? When could they avoid making decisions? As someone in academic middle-management, these questions cut close to home!
Michael Grünbart is a Professor and Executive Director of the Institute for Byzantine Studies and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Cyprus Studies at the University of Münster. You can learn more about Michael’s research at his university webpage.
See also The Byzantine Review
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.
Top Image: Mosaic of Justinian I, Basilica San Vitale – Wikimedia Commons