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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1319: Renovatio in the East Roman and Byzantine World, II: Emperors and Reform

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Byzantine Society, University of Oxford
Organiser:Andrew Mackenzie Small, Kellogg College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Adrastos Omissi, Oriel College, University of Oxford
Paper 1319-aNew Approaches on the Literary Value of the Palatinus Graecus 398
(Language: English)
Dimitra Eleftheriou, Ecole doctorale 'Milieux, cultures et sociétés du passé et du présent', Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek
Paper 1319-bPalaeologan Coins as a Source of Evidence: Tradition, Novelties, and Foreign Influences
(Language: English)
Pavla Drapelova, Faculty of History & Archaeology, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Economics - General, Numismatics
Paper 1319-cBalkan Renovatio in the Age of Justinian
(Language: English)
Alexander Sarantis, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Index terms: Administration, Byzantine Studies

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.