XLV Incontro di Studiosi dell’Antichità Cristiana in Rome


Today the XLV Incontro di Studiosi dell’Antichità Cristiana started at the Institute Augustinianum in Rome. This year main topic is: “The Child in the Christian Sources (I-V Century)”. The member of our team, Stanisław Adamiak, is going to talk about the children of the clerics in the canons of the councils of the fourth and fifth century.
For the full program see HERE.

Ine Jacobs on the Christian attitude toward the classical statues

On Thursday, 11th May, on the Late Antique seminar Ine Jacobs from the University of Oxford will present the paper “Old statues, new meanings. Literary and archaeological evidence for Christian re-interpretation of classical statuary”.

The abstract of the paper:

In this paper I will review literary and epigraphic sources as well as material evidence for positive takes on ancient statuary in late antique centuries. I will argue that re-interpretation of statuary, in the sense of allocating new identifications to ancient statues, was much more common among late antique Christians than we currently assume. It is not something that occurred only from Mid-Byzantine times onwards, although Mid-Byzantine literary evidence has been given more attention.

The seminar, as usual, will take place in the library of the Department of Papyrology in the building of the Faculty of Law (Collegium Iuridicum I) at 4.45 PM.

Salvatore Liccardo on the ethnonyms on the Tabula Peutingeriana

On Thursday 27th April on the Late Antique seminar Salvatore Liccardo from the Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften will present the paper Filling in the Blanks: Ethnic Discourse, Ethnonyms and Roman Sense of Place in Geographica and on the Tabula Peutingeriana.

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The abstract of the paper:

Drawing upon case studies from geographical texts and from the Tabula Peutingeriana, the paper aims to analyse the richness and the adaptability of ethnographic nomenclatures at the disposal of Late Antique and Early Medieval mapmakers, geographers and orators. Due to the vague definition of geography as a discipline and widespread lexical conservatism, authors describing the barbarian peoples could easily blur distinctions between genres, historical events and even languages. In Late Antique geographical works the names of coeval gentes sit alongside names of groups that had long disappeared from historiographical records, as well as monstrous races such as dog-headed or all-ears-men. Ethnonyms with mythological origins or a telling etymology triggered readers’ imagination and recalled familiar literary commonplaces capable of conjuring images of distant places.  The examination of several passages from Late Antique geographical treaties and of some sections of the Tabula Peutingeriana will shed light on the way ethnonyms function as conceptual tools in structuring and reinforcing ethnic discourses and political agendas.

The seminar, as usual, will take place in the library of the Department of Papyrology in the building of the Faculty of Law (Collegium Iuridicum I) at 4.45 PM.

Jamie Wood on the Iberian Monks

On Thursday 6th April 2017 on the Late Antique Seminar Jamie Wood from the University of Lincoln will present a lecture entitled “Formative Spaces: Making monks in early medieval Iberia”.

 

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Monastery of San Pedro de Montes, Spain

 

The abstract of the paper:

Formative Spaces addresses the relationship between physical spaces and normative texts such a monastic rules in the formation of ascetic communities in early medieval Iberia. Rulebooks for monastic life propose a complicated disciplinary regime that seems to have been designed to train monks to adopt specific beliefs and practices, while an increasing number of monastic sites – the spaces in which monks were presumably trained in such practices – have been excavated in Spain and Portugal over recent decades. However, minimal attention has been devoted to understanding how the physical organisation of monastic space related to the rules that regulated ascetic life. There are two strands to the Formative Spaces project: (1) a synthetic analysis of a sample of the extant monastic archaeological sites of early medieval Iberia (6th-7th century); (2) a comparison of such sites with contemporary Iberian monastic rules. This scoping study prepares the ground for a fuller examination of the spatiality of monastic formation in early medieval Iberia, and of the relationship between ascetic theory and practice more generally.

The seminar, as usual, will take place in the library of the Department of Papyrology in the building of the Faculty of Law (Collegium Iuridicum I) at 4.45 PM.

Presbyters on the IMC Leeds 2017

On the forthcoming International Medieval Congress in Leeds our project organises two sessions about the income and property of clerics in Late Antiquity.

Late antique clerics had diverse sources of income. Some of them were rich when they got ordained, but others had to earn their life. These sessions will seek to answer the following questions: How much did the clerics rely on church property and revenues? What were other sources of their income, either those linked with their religious expertise or unconnected with ecclesiastical activity? How were the frontiers fixed between not only private property and revenues of clerics and those of the church, but also between the resources of diverse groups of clergy?

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, 5 July, 9.00-10.30

Income and Property of Clerics in Late Antiquity, I (session 1031)

chair: Ralph W. Mathisen, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  1. David Hunter, Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures, University of Kentucky,  Ambrosiaster and the Problem of Clerical Profit
  2. David Natal Villazala, Departamento de Prehistoria, Historia Antigua y Arqueología, Universidad de Salamanca, Church and Private Property in Ambrose of Milan (d. 397)
  3. Marta Szada, Instytut Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski, The Workman Is Worthy of His Meat?: Economic Status of the Local Clergy in 7th-Century Spain

Wednesday, 5 July, 11.15-12.45

chair: Ralph Mathisen, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  1. Isabelle Mossong, Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, München, Income and Property of Late Antique Clergy: Epigraphical Realities
  2. Claire Sotinel, Centre de recherche en histoire européenne comparée (CRHEC), Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne, Financial Issues Concerning Presbyters in Papal Correspondence
  3. Robert Wiśniewski, Instytut Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Not a Grand Scandal, but Little Embarrassment: Paying Clerics for Ritual Expertise in Late Antiquity

See also at the IMC website: session 1, session 2

David Natal on Ambrose of Milan

Today on the Late Antique Seminar of the Department of the Ancient History of the University of Warsaw David Natal from the University of Salamanca will present a paper “Building the metropolitan authority in the late fourth-century western church: the case of Ambrose of Milan (d. 397)”. 

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The abstract of the paper:

Up until 1980s, Ambrose of Milan (d. 397) was regarded as one of the most powerful and influential bishops of the late fourth century. Although more recent research has fundamentally questioned Ambrose’s imperial-wide prominence, current historiography still considers him the first metropolitan bishop of the west. In this paper, however, I will argue that Ambrose’s capacity for imposing his agenda in the region was very limited, and will contend that Ambrose and his successors exaggerated his hold over his north Italian fellow bishops in an attempt to portray the late antique western church as a fully institutionalized organization.

The seminar, as usual, will take place in the library of the Department of Papyrology in the building of the Faculty of Law (Collegium Iuridicum I) at 4.45 PM.