IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 805: Global Byzantium: Transitional Relations, 500-1453, IV

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, Department of Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Birmingham
Organiser:Lauren A. Wainwright, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Rebecca Darley, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London / Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Respondent:Jonathan Jarrett, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 805-aCoins, Conversions, and the Crimea: The Byzantine Northern Border Under Michael III
(Language: English)
Maria Vrij, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies / Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
Maria Vrij, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies / Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Numismatics, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 805-bClerical Marriage and the 1054 Schism
(Language: English)
Maroula Perisanidi, Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Nottingham
Maroula Perisanidi, Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Canon Law, Religious Life
Paper 805-cA 'Neglected' Material: The Use of Stucco Decorations in Byzantine Buildings and Their Evidence in Written Sources
(Language: English)
Flavia Vanni, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, Department of Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Birmingham
Flavia Vanni, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, Department of Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Art History - Sculpture, Byzantine Studies
Abstract

This is the fourth of four related panels. Byzantine relations with the states and nations that encircled the empire are a familiar topic of discussion and debate. But Byzantium’s geographical position and established political and economic networks meant that the empire was the central lynchpin for a complex and global web of transnational relationships as well. Byzantium linked the Vikings and Rus in the north; the Catholic lands of Europe and (after the mid-8th century) the Umayyad caliphate of al Andalus to the west; Abbasid and then Fatimid Egypt and the North African coast to the south (with tentacles reaching down the Nile to Ethiopia and through the Sahara to the Niger valley); and, to the east, Palestine, the caliphates of Damascus and then Baghdad, across the Sinai and Arabian peninsulas to the Indian Ocean and, along the so-called Silk Routes, China. These transnational relations manifested themselves in many ways, among others: economic links through trade routes; military and political links through conflict or diplomacy; and cultural links through the social mobility promoted by economic opportunity and transferrable expertise (the classic sub-field of transnational studies in contemporary history, which is however only part of the field as a whole).  With a few notable exceptions, however, Byzantine transnational relations have been little discussed, and never compared.