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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1119: Renovatio in the East Roman and Byzantine World, I: Renovatio at the Centre and at the Periphery

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Byzantine Society, University of Oxford
Organiser:Andrew Mackenzie Small, Kellogg College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Andrew Mackenzie Small, Kellogg College, University of Oxford
Paper 1119-aReconquering Lost Africa: 'Renovatio et africanae gentes fideles'
(Language: English)
Esther Sánchez-Medina, Departamento de Historia y Filosofía, Universidad de Alcalá
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1119-bThe Pragmatic Renewal of Ecumenical Claims and of Relations with the West under Manuel I Komnenos
(Language: English)
Samuel P. Müller, Historisches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1119-cJustinian's Ecclesiastical Law
(Language: English)
Teodor Tăbuș, Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Canon Law, Law, Theology
Paper 1119-dTranslation and Adoption of Greek-Roman Law in the Slav-Byzantine Empires
(Language: English)
Paolo Angelini, Faculty of Law, KU Leuven
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Slavic, Law

A blurred program of reform presented as renewal, renovatio was an extremely important concept for the Classical Roman Empire, and remained so for the entire history of its eastern continuation. As emperors sought to establish their legitimacy through issuing law codes, building programs, and reconquering lost lands, both the reality and the rhetoric of renovatio had a fundamental impact on the Byzantine view of themselves and their state. Evidence of these programs for restoration resonates today throughout surviving texts, coins, and art and architecture, strongly influencing our historiographical reconstructions.