In most scholarship on Byzantium, the Roman aspects of its civilization are confined to the upper echelons of state power and court ideology. The culture of the majority, by contrast, is defined by popular Orthodoxy and the vernacular Greek language. This talk will look at aspects of vernacular Greek in Byzantium, which was called the Romaic language, and show that the idea of a Roman people went all the way down the social scale. In some ways it was stronger on the street than in the elite literature; the latter, it turns out, actually down plays Roman-ness of the Byzantines.
Anthony Kaldellis is a professor of Classics and chair of the Department of Classics at The Ohio State University. He has published monographs on many aspects of Byzantine history and culture, as well as many translations of Byzantine texts.