IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 306: Parrhesia and the Rhetoric of Free Speech, III: Politics, Authority and Truth

Monday 7 July 2008, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Parrhesiasts Anonymous
Organisers:Mary Garrison, Department of History, University of York
Irene van Renswoude, Research Institute for History & Culture, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Mary Garrison, Department of History, University of York
Paper 306-aExplanations of the Latin Translations of Parrhesia in Carolingian Exegesis
(Language: English)
Sumi Claire Shimahara, Lycée Gaston Bachelard, Chelles, Paris
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Political Thought, Rhetoric
Paper 306-b'Epistula tibi haec voce libera proclamabit' (Hier.ep.117,9): Authority, Letter Writing, and Truth
(Language: English)
Hildegund Müller, Kirchenväterkommission, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Rhetoric
Paper 306-cFrom admonitio to increpatio: Paschasius Radbertus' Epitaphium Arsenii
(Language: English)
Mayke de Jong, Instituut Geschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism, Political Thought, Rhetoric

In this third session on parrhesia, the paper topics converge to explore the understanding and practice of free speech in relation to politics and the authority of the Bible. What were the limits of free speech and criticism in late-antique and early medieval society? How was authority assumed to speak the truth? Sumi Shimahara’s paper will look at Carolingian exegetes’ treatment of parrhesia; Hildegund Müller will explore moral and political outspokenness in Late Antique letter-writing and Mayke de Jong will consider strategies of admonition and truth-telling in an enigmatic Carolingian text.