Laments for the Fall: Constantinople and Tenochtitlan in counterpoint, with Eleni Kefala

A conversation with Eleni Kefala on the fall of two empires, the Byzantine and the Aztec. What role did these momentous events play in the emerging identity of western Europe? And how were they experienced by the Romaioi and the native Mexica, especially through the laments that they wrote and sang about these events?

Eleni Kefala is a Senior Lecturer at the University of St. Andrews. Her research examines modernity across different periods, disciplines, and cultures, including Pre-Columbian and Byzantine civilizations. Click here to view Eleni’s page. The conversation is based on Eleni’s book The Conquered: Byzantium and America on the Cusp of Modernity (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington D.C. 2020).


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Top Image: A depiction of Tenochtitlan and Lake Texcoco in 1519 – Wikimedia Commons