IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1507: The Vandals and their Histories, I: Representations

Thursday 17 July 2003, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Andrew Merrills, King's College, University of Cambridge
Roland Steinacher, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Walter Pohl, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 1507-aThe Representation of the Vandals in Victor of Vita
(Language: English)
Tankred Howe, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Paper 1507-bAfter the Fall: Fulgentius's De aetatibus mundi et hominis
(Language: English)
Gregory Hays, Department of Classics, University of Virginia
Paper 1507-cIsidore and the Vandals
(Language: English)
Andrew Merrills, King's College, University of Cambridge
Abstract

In this session, aspects of some main sources for Vandal history will be discussed. A different reading of Victor of Vita‘s History of the Vandal persecution can shed some new light on the question of Vandal identity in the 5th century. A little-known text by Fulgentius of Ruspe is also relevant in this context. Later constructions of Vandal identity start with Isidore of Seville who wrote a short Vandal history. All of these sources, although they use the image of the barbarian ‚other‘, go beyond it and are parts of a narrative process in which the Vandals became part of late antique history.