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Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Podcast

In an effort to keep moving forward, within the new parameters of COVID-19, the Byzantine Studies Program at Dumbarton Oaks has devised virtual encounters with scholars that will inform, entertain, and challenge the Byzantine scholarly community and colleagues in the arts and the humanities more broadly.

We are delighted to release a limited summer podcast series, during which a senior scholar will be discussing with a younger scholar of their choice, an article, or a book chapter from a field other than Byzantine studies that has had an impact on their work. We have asked our participants to choose any reading they wish, older or more recent, as well as invite an advanced graduate student or recent postdoc for a lively and productive dialogue. The discussions are meant to be informal but informative, stressing the value of the readings, but also highlighting differences brought about by time or varying angles in the diverse fields of study. 


Episode 1: The Roman Mind and the Power of Fiction with Prof. Anthony Kaldellis and Jake Ransohoff

For our July podcast, we were joined by Professor Anthony Kaldellis (The Ohio State University) and Jake Ransohoff (ABD, Harvard University), for a discussion of "The Roman Mind and the Power of Fiction" by John S. Richardson. Bridging our understanding between the Roman civilization and today's society, they flesh out questions like, how strong was the power of imagination for the Romans, how does legal fiction contribute to equal rights' citizenship, and how inclusive were the rights of the immigrants in Roman society?



Episode 0: Introduction to the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Podcast

Program Director for Byzantine Studies Anna Stavrakopoulou introduces the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Podcast. In this limited summer podcast series, a senior scholar will be discussing with a younger scholar of their choice an article or a book chapter from a field other than Byzantine studies that has had an impact of their work. We hope you will join us!