IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 110: Approaching the Byzantine Family, I: The Roman Background and the Christian Effect

Monday 7 July 2008, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Leslie Brubaker, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, Department of Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Birmingham / Institute of Archaeology & Antiquity, University of Birmingham
Margaret E. Mullett, 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 110-aThe Historiography of the Roman Family
(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, Gender Studies, Social History
Paper 110-bMarriage and Divorce in Justinian's Novels
(Language: English)
Julia Hillner, Department of History, University of Manchester
Paper 110-cSaints and their Families in Byzantium
(Language: English)
Leslie Brubaker, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, Department of Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Birmingham / Institute of Archaeology & Antiquity, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Gender Studies, Hagiography, Social History
Abstract

This is the first of three sessions on the Byzantine Family, following up the sessions held in 2007. Tim Parkin and Mary Harlow will focus on the Roman family, and consider the extent to which assumptions and generalisations about it may have been skewed by a few select literary sources, such as Cicero and Pliny. Kristina Sessa will examine how ideas about property ownership and domestic authority were affected by Christianity in late antique Rome. Leslie Brubaker will anaylse hagiography for evidence of what constituted the ideal Byzantine family.