IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 209: Bringing in the Alans, I: Alans and the Outside World

Monday 3 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Department of History, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Organisers:Nicholas Evans, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
John Latham-Sprinkle, Department of History, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Nicholas Evans, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 209-aThe Alans in the West and Assimilation
(Language: English)
John Latham-Sprinkle, Department of History, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 209-bThe Rise of Christianity in North Caucasian Alania
(Language: English)
Andrey Vinogradov, School of History, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Paper 209-cThe Last Charge of Alan Cavalry in the West
(Language: English)
Agusti Alemany, Departament de Ciències de l'Antiguitat i de l'Edat Mitjana, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Military History
Abstract

This is the first of two sessions on the Alans, a people of the steppe and North Caucasus, and the state they founded there, Alania- one of the least-known of all medieval kingdoms. One of the more remarkable facets of Alan culture were the repeated movements of both individuals and wider groups. Moreover, the outside world exerted a powerful influence on Alania, most notably in the state adoption of Christianity. This session aims to provide insights into how far we can understand Alania through these processes of interaction, and how far Alania provides an exception to these processes at large.