IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1612: Childhood in Byzantium

Thursday 14 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:King's College London, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek
Organiser:Judith E. Herrin, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, King's College London
Paper 1612-bYouth and the Byzantine Eunuch
(Language: English)
Shaun Tougher, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Daily Life, Gender Studies, Sexuality
Paper 1612-cChildren in Byzantine Litigation
(Language: English)
G√ľnter Prinzing, Historisches Seminar, Abteilung V: Byzantinistik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universit√§t Mainz
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Canon Law, Law, Social History

This session brings together representations of children in Byzantine art, problems of pre-pubescent males, castrated to ensure their permanently youthful looks, and analysis of children in patriarchal and episcopal court records. Art historical evidence for the more generic portrayal of children (often protected by Christ or saints) will inform the special case of young eunuchs, and of children documented from legal proceedings. From this evidence, largely ignored by modern scholarship, new observations may be made about the social relations of children in Byzantium; about some of the typical problems they faced, and the legal methods used to resolve these problems.