Why is the Byzantine Empire so much less “popular” than the (Western) Roman Empire?

I’ve been listening to the History of Rome podcast and I’ve got about ten episodes left. I’d like to start another history podcast afterwards and I’m not sure what to choose. I know there’s one about the Byzantine Empire that I’m considering as a natural continuation, but I realized I know almost nothing about it. My general history education in the US didn’t really discuss it like Rome. And there is almost no popular media about it or any general consciousness of its history or major political figures (Julius Caesar is probably at least as well known as Napoleon or Hitler, but I doubt many could name a single Byzantine ruler).

Why is that? The Byzantine Empire lasted longer and is much more recent. And according to cursory Wikipedia reading it seems the European Renaissance owes much to it. Do non-american or non-western cultures have more awareness in the general public?

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What do you think?

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