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Transformations and Decline in the Late Roman Empire

October 28, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

a DIALOGUES seminar

Historians often argue that all empires go through cycles of expansion, stagnation, and decline, but how do these cycles evolve in specific times and places?  This is the broad question that we’ll examine in this dialogue seminar with two UNC experts who have carefully studied the historical transformations of the later Roman Empire.  We’ll compare how Rome’s social, political, and cultural institutions gradually lost influence in the western and eastern cities of the ancient Mediterranean world.  More generally, we’ll discuss this complex story of a changing imperial system to gain new perspectives on the recurring patterns of “great power decline” and the imaginative ways in which people adapt to social or political transitions.



The Material Fall of the Roman West, 300-600 CE

Henry Gruber, Assistant Professor of History


Continuity and Change in the Eastern Roman Empire during Late Antiquity

Jennifer Gates-Foster, Associate Professor of Classics and Archeology


What does the Late Roman Empire Tell us about the Historical Decline of Great Powers?

A panel discussion with our speakers



9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Saturday, October 28. The tuition is $65 to attend in person or $25 for virtual viewing.  A meal will not be offered with this seminar.


** In-person registration for this event closes on Saturday October 27 at 3pm. **

Register online or call us at 919.962.1544. 




UNC Students can attend for free, but pre-registration is required. Discounts are available for multiple-seminar and first-time purchases, members of Carolina Alumni, UNC faculty, & staff. For more information about discounts and registration policies, visit our General Information page, here

Teachers may attend one in-person Weekend Seminar for free tuition (optional meals not included), and any additional in-person seminars for a 50% tuition discount. To apply for free in-person tuition, email Current K-12 teachers interested in receiving a complimentary virtual viewing registration for this seminar can apply here. Teachers receive .4 CEUs post-attendance.


Participants will receive an email with venue and background information about 1 week before the program.


October 28, 2023
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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