IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 211: Regulating Monastic Life, II: Beyond a Normative Reading - The Uses of Benedict's Rule

Monday 9 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Network for the Study of the Study of Late Antique & Early Medieval Monasticism
Organiser:Albrecht Diem, Department of History, Syracuse University, New York
Moderator/Chair:Krijn Pansters, Department of Biblical Sciences & Church History, Tilburg University
Paper 211-aFrescoes According to the Rule: An Interpretation of the Painted Program of the Monastery of St John in Müstair, Switzerland
(Language: English)
Kirsten Ataoguz, Department of Fine Arts, Indiana University - Purdue University, Fort Wayne
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism
Paper 211-bThe Essential Benedict: An Unpublished Carolingian Commentary to the Regula Benedicti
(Language: English)
Matthieu van der Meer, Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics, Syracuse University, New York
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Education, Monasticism
Paper 211-cRules and Identity Policies in Central Italian Monastic Historiography
(Language: English)
Lari Ahokas, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture & Art Studies, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism

This section problematizes a static view of the Regula Benedicti as a normative text, as a ‘rule to be followed’. Kirsten Ataoguz analyzes how the Regula Benedicti may have influenced the production and the interpretation of the 9th century wall painting of the monastery of St John in Müstair, Switzerland. Matthieu van der Meer shows on the basis of an unedited glossary and commentary on the Regula Benedicti how this text was used as a teaching text and conveniently abbreviated and grammatically simplified for this purpose. Lari Akokas analyzes the role of the Rule for monastic identity politics in pre-Carolingian and Carolingian Italy.