IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 711: Clashless Cultures?: The Relationship of 'Romans' and 'Germans' in Early Medieval Kingdoms, I

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Hans-Werner Goetz, Historisches Seminar, Universität Hamburg
Moderator/Chair:Rosamond McKitterick, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Paper 711-aAcculturation in the Frankish Kingdom: The Linguistic Perspective
(Language: English)
Martina Pitz, Fachbereich Germanistik, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - German, Onomastics
Paper 711-bAcculturation of Romans and Franks in the Frankish Empire: The Perspective of the Chronicles
(Language: English)
Hans-Werner Goetz, Historisches Seminar, Universität Hamburg
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Political Thought

The migration period, conventionally seen as a ‘clash of cultures’ between the Roman and the barbarian (Germanic) world, is increasingly being analysed under the aspect of ‘acculturation’ of these civilisations. I wish to apply for two, possibly three, sessions in which this symbiosis will be considered from different angles and disciplines and the situation in different kingdoms will be compared. The aim is to find out which mechanisms and structures served to bring the Romans and barbarians together to avoid or overcome a possible ‘clash’.