IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 606: Approaching the Byzantine Family, I: Christianisation of the Family

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Dion C. Smythe, Institute of Byzantine Studies, Queen's University Belfast
Shaun Tougher, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Moderator/Chair:Shaun Tougher, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Paper 606-aThe Graeco-Roman Family and its Legacy
(Language: English)
Mary Harlow, Institute of Archaeology & Antiquity, University of Birmingham
Tim G. Parkin, Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Manchester
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Daily Life, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 606-bFamily and Marriage in the Byzantine Legend of Saint Alexis
(Language: English)
Stavroula Constantinou, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Hagiography, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 606-c'Strip this Maenad': Hagiographical Depictions of the Virgin Wife in Late Antiquity and Byzantium
(Language: English)
Anne P. Alwis, Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies, University of Kent
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Gender Studies, Hagiography, Religious Life

This session forms one of three examining the Byzantine family. In comparison to other families in history the Byzantine family is understudied and in need of concerted attention. The papers in this session focus on Christianisation. Mary Harlow and Tim Parkin examine the Graeco-Roman background of the Byzantine family, and consider the effect Christianity had on the institution of the family. Stavroula Constantinou and Anne Alwis both focus on hagiography. The former explores the Life of Alexis, in which family plays a prominent role, and the latter the Lives of Galaktion & Episteme and Andronikos & Athanasia, analysing the topic of the virgin wife.