IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1218: The Natural World in Late Antiquity and Byzantium, II

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Centre for Late Antique Religion & Culture, Cardiff University
Organiser:Shaun Tougher, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Moderator/Chair:Josef Lössl, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Paper 1218-aByzantine Reactions to the Natural World: Fear or Fun?
(Language: English)
Shaun Tougher, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Mentalities
Paper 1218-bLiteral and Allegorical Readings of Descriptions of Nature in Middle Byzantine Saints' Lives
(Language: English)
Dirk Krausmüller, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Greek, Mentalities
Paper 1218-cThe Empress Maria 'of Alania' and the Natural World
(Language: English)
Lynda Garland, University of New England, New South Wales
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Science
Abstract

This session focuses on the natural world in the Byzantine empire. Shaun Tougher will explore the engagement of the Byzantines with the natural world by considering specific cases, in particular the reaction to the whale Porphyrios. Dirk Krausmuller will examine descriptions of nature in Middle Byzantine saints’ lives, and will attempt to establish possible allegorical meanings of descriptions of nature. Lynda Garland will analyse Eustratios of Nicaea’s work on the natural world which he wrote for the empress Maria ‘of Alania’ and in which he attempted to explain various meteorological, cosomological, geographical and astronomical phenomena.