IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1609: Law and Order in the Balkans: Saints, Policies, and the Military

Thursday 6 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Daniel Syrbe, Research Project 'Constraints & Traditions: Roman Power in Changing Societies', Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Moderator/Chair:Daniel Syrbe, Research Project 'Constraints & Traditions: Roman Power in Changing Societies', Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Respondent:Jonathan Shepard, The Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford
Paper 1609-aBarbarised Wasteland or Roman Military Zone?: The Impact of Legislative and Administrative Reforms in the Balkans during and after the Age of Attila, 395-602
(Language: English)
Alexander Sarantis, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Index terms: Administration, Byzantine Studies, Law, Military History
Paper 1609-bA Balkan Policy of Constans II, 641-668?
(Language: English)
Federico Montinaro, Sonderforschungsbereich 923 'Bedrohte Ordnungen', Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Administration, Byzantine Studies, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1609-cCreating Order by Cults of Saints
(Language: English)
Trpimir Vedriš, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Liturgy, Religious Life

Keeping up an order and adapting it to processes of change can be an essential for maintaining long term stability. This session asks for means of creating political, social, and military order in the Balkan area during Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages; its focus will be on questions of military hierarchies, the organisation of the late Roman/early Byzantine frontier area along the Danube as well as the role of saints cults in creating political and social order. The first paper will look at interdependencies of legislative and administrative processes and their results for the social, economic, and political development of the Balkan provinces in the time of Justinian I. The second paper pieces together the political activity of Constans II from literary sources and numismatic evidence, attempting to clarify the place of the Balkan provinces within Byzantine strategy of the mid-7th century, a time of serious crisis in the Byzantine Empire. The third paper discusses the role of Saints cults in connecting sub-regions of the Balkans with each other and the wider world.