IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 106: Law, Thought, and Action between East and West, I: The Greek - Roman Legacy

Monday 9 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Institut für Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien / Romanian Academy, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
Organiser:Alexandru Simon, Center for Transylvanian Studies, Romanian Academy of Sciences, Cluj-Napoca
Moderator/Chair:Alexander Baumgarten, Catedra de Istoria Filosofiei Antice şi Medievale, Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca
Paper 106-aThe Theory of Governmental Forms in Greek Antiquity (Plato, Aristotle and Polybe) and Its Medieval Impact
(Language: English)
Andrei Bereschi, Catedra de Istoria Filosofiei Antice şi Medievale, Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Political Thought
Paper 106-bThe Natural Law from Inside: The Model of Biological Laws from Nemesius of Emesa to Early Medieval Thought
(Language: English)
Walther Prager, Catedra de Istoria Filosofiei Antice şi Medievale, Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca
Index terms: Law, Political Thought
Paper 106-cBetween Cross, Custom, and Cicero: Legal Mechanisms and Legal Thought in Transylvania
(Language: English)
Gelu Fodor, George Bariţiu Institute of History, Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Law
Abstract

‘East’ and ‘West’ met under various forms throughout the Middle Ages. Few encounters however were as complex as those at Christendom’s terrestrial and maritime eastern and south-eastern borders. They ‘lawfully’ engulfed the antique heritage and the ‘medieval novelties’ and were seldom single-directed, whether on a philosophical or on an administrative level. On the basis of case studies, the papers emphasize matters of individuality, as well as general features in a contact area crossed by various channels of communication, including crusading. The presentations also reveal the, at times, neglected structural impact of Byzantium on its contemporaries, admirers, and adversaries.