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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1220: Spiritual Nourishment: Late Antique and Early Medieval World Chronicles, III - West

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste, Düsseldorf
Organisers:Jonas Borsch, Seminar für Alte Geschichte, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen / Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Heidelberg
Christian Gastgeber, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Christine Radtki, Seminar für Alte Geschichte, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen / Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Heidelberg
Moderator/Chair:Steffen Patzold, Seminar für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Paper 1220-aEutropius: Writer of History or Poliorcetics?
(Language: English)
Jonathan Groß, Seminar für Klassische Philologie, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Military History
Paper 1220-bThe Chronicler as Part of the Chronicle: Explaining Some Differences in the Accounts of Latin Chronicles of the 5th Century
(Language: English)
Jan-Markus Kötter, Lehrstuhl für Alte Geschichte, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin

The three sessions will approach the conference theme from the angle of the 'spiritual nourishment' which following generations could derive and recompose with new ingredients. The point of departure will be late antique and early medieval chronography; the main issue up for discussion shall be how in this literary genre the past was constructed and used as a foil for the present. With a view to the authors's provenance (Eastern or Western part of the Roman empire) it shall be analysed how the late antique and early medieval authors's living conditions influenced their conception and interpretation of the past and how the description of past and present times could be used to provide potential addressees with 'spiritual nourishment'. For several chronographers an intense confrontation with the own contemporary history can be noticed, in which particular events such as catastrophes (famines, earthquakes, epidemics) are treated with extraordinary interest and in which those events are associated with a meaningful impact - always related to the authors's individual conception of the world.

Session III will focus on chronicles in the Latin speaking west. Covering a range from Eutropius (4th century AD) over the early world chronicles of Prosper, Hydatius, and the Anonymous of 452 (5th century), to Merovingian chronicles of the 6th and 7th century, the section highlights the shaping of narratives through factors such as the author's working conditions and contemporary discourses on political, religious, and theological issues.