IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1009: Skint: Peasants and Poverty in Byzantium, I

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Anna C. Kelley, 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
Moderator/Chair:Daniel K. Reynolds, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Paper 1009-aDoes a Cheap Material Make a Patron Poor?: Reconsidering Stucco in Byzantine Architecture
(Language: English)
Flavia Vanni, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, Department of Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Architecture - General, Art History - Sculpture, Byzantine Studies, Economics - General
Paper 1009-bPoverty and Rusticity Transformed?: Some Byzantine Materials and Images
(Language: English)
Eunice Dauterman Maguire, Department of the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - General, Byzantine Studies, Daily Life
Paper 1009-cWhere Village and Court Collide: The Langobard Church of Sant' Ambrogio (Montecorvino Rovella) - A New Birmingham Project
(Language: English)
Francesca Dell'Acqua, Dipartimento di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Università degli Studi di Salerno
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Economics - Rural
Abstract

Byzantium as a political and cultural entity is one largely observed through the eyes and agency of its imperial and clerical elite. As the authors and commissioners of most of the documented sources that survive, the history of the Byzantine world of the 4th to 15th centuries, is essentially their history. Yet, such individuals and groups comprised only a fraction of the population living within the empire’s borders.

Harder to deduce are the roles and lives of its demographic majority: non-elites and the poor. Such groups are largely ignored in the written sources and therefore hold a diminished position in contemporary the scholarship. These sessions seek to remedy this issue. Scholars continue to develop new approaches for examining the daily interactions and activities of non-elite populations, including the peasantry, urban labourers, and the destitute. Equally fundamental are questions about how the poor were conceptualised and controlled by the primary custodians of wealth and power. Through a synthesis of archaeological, textual, and art historical remains this panel aims to explore a more dynamic understanding of poverty and the peasant condition within the pre-modern eastern Mediterranean.