IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1044: Imperial Memories in Late Antiquity, I: The Memory of Roman Emperors

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Adrastos Omissi, School of Humanities (Classics), University of Glasgow
Moderator/Chair:Richard Flower, Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Exeter
Paper 1044-aTwo Letters of the Usurper Magnus Maximus (383-388): The Contested Memory of an Orthodox Christian and a Political Heretic
(Language: English)
Adrastos Omissi, School of Humanities (Classics), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1044-bImperial Archetypes in Cultural Memory
(Language: English)
Rebecca Usherwood, School of Classics, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1044-c'Thou hast conquered, Galilean!': Julian's Death Narratives
(Language: English)
Victoria Hughes, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, Newcastle University
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

In late antiquity, few memories were as routinely and intently sifted as the memories of Roman emperors. In the panel, three papers examine how imperial memories were preserved and were reimagined, how political circumstance in the present created the emperors of the past, and how imperial archetypes were created through engagement with the stock virtues and vices of the imperial person. The papers will examine both how emperors sought to present themselves and how their subjects reacted to and interpreted those presentations.