Marion Kruse

Marion Woodrow Kruse

Assistant Professor

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Professional Summary

I am a Roman historian with a broad interest in ancient history and historiography, in particular the historiography of late antiquity. My work to date has focused on the reign of the emperor Justinian (r. 527-565 AD) and the preeminent historian of his reign, Prokopios of Kaisareia. My primary project (The Politics of Roman Memory from the Fall of Rome to the Age of Justinian) focuses on the role narratives of Roman history played in constructing Roman identity in the eastern Roman empire after 476 AD. It posits that historical narratives were revised, redeployed, and contested as part of an ongoing debate over the nature and goals of the Roman empire, and its relationship to the city of Rome and the Gothic Kingdom in Italy.

My full CV as well as samples of my publications may be found on my Academia page.


Ph.D., The Ohio State University 2015 (Classics)

B.A., University of Richmond 2008 (History)

Abbreviated Publications


P. Bell, Social Conflict in the Age of Justinian: Its Nature, Management, and Mediation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013) in Medioevo Greco 14 (2014), 94-96.

D. Potter, Constantine the Emperor (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012) in Medioevo Greco 15 (2015), 441.

N. Lenski, Constantine and the Cities: Imperial Authority and Civic Politics (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) forthcoming in Medioevo Greco 17 (2017).

Peer Reviewed Publications

“The Speech of the Armenians in Procopius: Justinian’s Foreign Policy and the Transition between the Books of the Wars,” Classical Quarterly, 63 (2013) 866-881.

Book Chapter

“A Justinianic Debate Across Genres on the State of the Roman Republic,” in Shifting Genres in Late Antiquity, ed. G. Greatrex, H. Elton, and L. McMahon (Ashgate, 2015) 233-245.

“Competing Histories in the Sixth Century: Justinian and Procopius,” forthcoming in Procopius Revisited: New Interpretations and Methodologies, ed. E. Turqois and C. Lillington-Martin (Ashgate).


Book 2 of the Greek Anthology (Christodorus’ Ekphrasis on the Statues), commissioned for Greek Imperial Epic, ed. P. Avlamis and E. Kneebone (University of California Press).

Positions and Work Experience

2015 -2016 Lecturer in Classics, The Ohio State University,

2016 - Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Cincinnati,