IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 308: Against Deserters, Defectors, and Collaborators: Military Law and Loyalty in Late Antiquity

Monday 9 July 2012, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Sonderforschungsbereich 'Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood', Freie Universität Berlin
Organiser:Stefan Esders, Geschichte der Spätantike und des frühen Mittelalters, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Moderator/Chair:Stefan Esders, Geschichte der Spätantike und des frühen Mittelalters, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Paper 308-aDesertion in Late Roman Egypt: Theory Meets Reality
(Language: English)
Anna Maria Kaiser, Institut für Alte Geschichte und Altertumskunde, Papyrologie und Epigraphik, Universität Wien
Index terms: Administration, Byzantine Studies, Law, Military History
Paper 308-bDefection without Punishment?: The Gothic Wars in Italy
(Language: English)
Kai Grundmann, Sonderforschungsbereich 700 'Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood', Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Law, Military History, Social History
Paper 308-cCollaboration in Roman and Bavarian Law
(Language: English)
Stephan Ridder, Geschichte der Spätantike und des frühen Mittelalters, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Administration, Law, Military History
Abstract

Despite the increasing professionalism of the later Roman army, desertion and defection, even collaboration, proved to be a problem in peace and war alike. Three case studies from different theatres will examine what governmental actions were taken to avert and punish these crimes.
The thorough persecution of deserters in a rather peaceful Egypt stands in contrast with the benevolent treatment of defectors in a war-torn Italy. Early medieval Bavaria provides a special comparison since its laws against collaboration also aim at civilians although (possibly) making use of military law in late Roman tradition.