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.

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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.

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.

Phil Booth on the Sassanians

On Thursday 1 December 2016 Phil Booth from University of Oxford will present a paper “The Sasanians in Egypt (619-629): Continuity, Stability, and Tolerance?” on the Late Antique Seminar of the Department of Ancient History in the Institute of History of University of Warsaw. The seminar 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.

Abstract of the paper:

Recent research on Sasanian Egypt (619-629) has corrected an older historiographical model which cast the Persians as the agents of destruction and depression. But this has been replaced with a model of ‘stability, continuity, and tolerance’ which makes various unstated assumptions. Using Greek, Coptic, and Pahlavi texts, this paper revisits the evidence for the Sasanian conquest and occupation of Egypt, and argues for a more nuanced interpretation which moves beyond the polarised choice between continuity and discontinuity.