Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics

Marion  Woodrow  Kruse 

Title:  Assistant Professor
Office:  220  Blegen Library
Tel: 513-556-2550
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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).


Articles & Book Chapters

  • “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.
  • “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).


  • 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).

Experience & Service

Work Experience

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