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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1616: The Annona, Charity, and the Materiality of Markets in Late Antiquity, II

Thursday 7 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Michele R. Salzman, Department of History, University of California, Riverside
Moderator/Chair:Caroline Goodson, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London
Paper 1616-aFrom Civic Right to Christian Charity: The Office of the Urban Prefect and the Annona of Rome, 4th-6th Centuries
(Language: English)
Michele R. Salzman, Department of History, University of California, Riverside
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1616-bThe Praefectus Annonae in Rome and Ostia during Late Antiquity
(Language: English)
Silvia Orlandi, Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità, Università degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza'
Index terms: Epigraphy, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1616-cThe Architecture of Munificence at the Diaconiae of Early Medieval Rome
(Language: English)
Gregor Kalas, College of Architecture & Design, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Historiography - Medieval

The panel focuses on the late antique sponsors of food distribution by examining those who set up inscriptions or sought other honors as the donors of civic charity. The session focuses on the officials who managed public assistance, including the prefects of Rome, the lay benefactors of Christian charity, and the prefects of the annona, the ancient food dole that underwent important post-classical transformations and the laws concerning these changes. Physical evidence will feature prominently with discussions analyzing public inscriptions, urban markets as spaces of civic euergetism, and the reuse of ancient buildings as diaconiae or Christian charity centers.