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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 824: 'Vita vel Regula': Norm and Conflict in Hagiographic Texts, III - East and West

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Department of History, Syracuse University, New York / Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg / Département d'Histoire, Université de Paris VIII - Vincennes-Saint-Denis
Organiser:Gordon Blennemann, Deutsches Historisches Institut, Paris / Mittelalterliche Geschichte und Historische Hilfswissenschaften, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Moderator/Chair:Anne-Marie Helvétius,
Respondent:Claudia Rapp, Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles
Paper 824-aA Byzantine Stylite Founder Compelled to Subscribe to a Rule: Lazaros of Mount Galezion
(Language: English)
Michel Kaplan, UFR d'histoire, Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Hagiography, Monasticism
Paper 824-bMemory, Identity, and Dissent in Monastic Communities: The Case of Central Italy, 11th-12th Centuries
(Language: English)
Lari Ahokas, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture & Art Studies, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Monasticism

The third session in the series 'Vita vel Regula' compares the processes of transformation form radical asceticism to a regularized monastic institution in the Frankish and the Byzantine world. Albrecht Diem talks about the hagiographic attempts to explain and legitimate the transition from collectively poor communities to rich and economically independent institutions. He identifies both a certain 'embarrassment of riches' and also several dissenting views on this transformation process in hagiographic text. Michel Kaplan describes on the basis of the stylite Lazaros of Mount Galezion the process of submitting individual radical asceticism to the discipline and rule of monastic communities.