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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1220: Arianism Revisited: Homoians and Homoousians in Late Antiquity, III - The Provinces and the New Masters - Britain, Italy, and Pannonia

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Roland Steinacher, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Ralph Mathisen, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Respondent:Yitzhak Hen, Department of History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva
Paper 1220-aThe Confessional Situation in Pannonia
(Language: English)
Orsolya Heinrich-Tamaska, Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum für Kultur & Geschichte Ostmitteleuropas e.V. (GWZO), Universität Leipzig
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites
Paper 1220-bThe Problem of the Apparent Persistence of Arianism in Italy
(Language: English)
Thomas Brown, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval

'Arianism' - the term later given to a series of theological propositions condemned as heretical at the First Council of Nicaea in 325 - was the focus of both theological and political conflicts and struggles throughout Late Antiquity.
The position that God the Father and the Son did not exist together eternally, with all its variations, achieved widespread popularity in the 4th to 6th centuries. It attracted considerable support from the Eastern imperial authorities throughout most of the fourth century. A number of the migrant elites (Goths, Vandals, Burgundians and others) also adopted this creed, and sought to reintroduce it in the Mediterranean Roman provinces throughout the 5th century under different circumstances. Relatively few documents illustrative of the 'Arian' side of the controversy survive, owing to the impressive propaganda campaigns of Athanasius and other pro-Nicene theologians. Despite the huge scholarly attention which has been devoted to the topic in recent years, scholarly analysis of many aspects of the history, politics, and theology of the Arian controversy remains incomplete.
Our sessions aim to address some of these gaps. 'Also to be addressed will be the apparent persistence of Arian belief in several of the barbarian successor-kingdoms. (Sara Parvis, Roland Steinacher)