IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1607: Dividing and Collecting Bodily Relics in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, II: Bones and Community Identity

Thursday 7 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:European Research Council Project ‘The Cult of Saints’, University of Oxford
Organisers:Julia M. H. Smith, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Bryan Ward-Perkins, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Janneke Raaijmakers, Afdeling Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 1607-aHoly Men on a Holy Mountain and a Holy Mountain in Holy Men
(Language: English)
Saskia Dirkse, Theologische Fakultät, Universität Basel
Saskia Dirkse, Theologische Fakultät, Universität Basel
Index terms: Hagiography, Religious Life
Paper 1607-bThe Forty Martyrs of Sebaste and the Paradigm of Division and Unity in Cult and Relics Veneration
(Language: English)
Efthymios Rizos, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Efthymios Rizos, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Hagiography, Religious Life
Paper 1607-cThe Circulation of Body-Part Relics in Pre-Carolingian Gaul
(Language: English)
Julia M. H. Smith, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Julia M. H. Smith, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Hagiography, Religious Life
Abstract

Relics played a central role in establishing and consolidating identity; but this could be done in different ways – for instance by dispersing relics and spreading their power, or by concentrating them in particular places. This session will examine concentration and dispersal across several cultures: Sinai, Asia Minor, and Gaul.