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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1013: Roma Sacra, I: The Sacred Capital of the City - Patrons, Relics, and Cults in and Beyond Early Medieval Rome

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Dorine van Espelo, Faculteit der Letteren, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Giorgia Vocino, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Rosamond McKitterick, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Paper 1013-aRoman Generals and the Churches of Rome in the 5th Century
(Language: English)
Meaghan McEvoy, Abteilung für Alte Geschichte, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Epigraphy, Language and Literature - Latin, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1013-bRoman Relics in Early Medieval Relic Collections
(Language: English)
Julia M. H. Smith, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Liturgy, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1013-cRoma Sacra on Demand: Exporting and Appropriating Roman Saints through Hagiography and Liturgy, 8th-9th Centuries
(Language: English)
Giorgia Vocino, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Liturgy, Manuscripts and Palaeography

Paper -a will focus on the return of the emperor to Rome in the middle decades of the 5th century. This was accompanied by renewed efforts in the field of imperial benefaction to churches in the city, but emperors and their families were not the only patrons. This paper will examine the benefactions of high-ranking Roman military men (frequently of semi-barbarian descent and sometimes even of non-orthodox Christian faith) in the area of ecclesiastical building and renovation at Rome in the 5th century. Paper -b will use surviving 7th-9th century relic labels to assess the circulation of relics originating in Rome in the early medieval West. It will seek to ascertain whether any regional and chronological patterns of circulation can be detected, and will address the vexed question of whether relic labels were written at the relics’ place of origin or deposit. Paper -c will examine Carolingian collections of saints’ lives and liturgical books set up for the commemoration of those martyrs venerated in early medieval Rome. It will raise the question of whether a Roman passionary existed in the Carolingian age and if it was a Roman or a Frankish product.