IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 138: An Empire Worthy of a Tragedy: The Many Collapses of Rome

Monday 3 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Cooperative Centre for the Centrality of Peripheries
Organiser:Hervin Fernández-Aceves, School of History, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Daniele Morossi, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 138-aThe Enemy Within: The Rise and Influence of Conspiracy Theories in Rome before the Gothic Sack, 410
(Language: English)
Ioannis Papadopoulos, School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Mentalities, Political Thought, Rhetoric, Social History
Paper 138-bDeserters and Brigands: The Social Consequences of Military Failures in the Later Roman Empire
(Language: English)
Michael Burrows, School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Military History, Political Thought, Social History
Paper 138-cBe Prepared for the Death of the King: The Passing of Attila and the Fall of Rome
(Language: English)
Otávio Luiz Vieira Pinto, School of History, University of Leeds / Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
Index terms: Military History, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy, Rhetoric
Paper 138-dBeyond Rome's Fall: (Re)Building Integration in the Visigothic Kingdom of Toledo
(Language: English)
Paulo Pachá, Departamento de História, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy, Rhetoric
Abstract

The Western Roman Empire did not fall in 476; it had already been toppling for the previous century or more. In this series of papers, we will investigate some of the less obvious factors that affected the decline of imperial authority in the 4th and 5th centuries. The impact of political developments beyond the borders of the empire will be considered, especially the fallout that resulted from the death of Attila, alongside the social results of military campaigns and defeats within the borders of the empire, and the eschatological ideas that were circulating in Rome around this period. It is hoped that by assessing these disparate issues in conjunction we will be able to develop a more plausible synthesis regarding the final decades of an empire which had lasted for over seven centuries.