IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1123: Remembering the Saints, II: Forgotten and Ephemeral Saints

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Cult of Saints Project, University of Oxford
Organisers:Bryan Ward-Perkins, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Robert Wiśniewski, Instytut Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Moderator/Chair:David Hunter, Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures, University of Kentucky
Paper 1123-aHow to Tell the Story of Obscure Martyrs?: Eupsychius, Mamas, and Gordius at Caesarea in Cappadocia
(Language: English)
Aude Busine, Département d'Histoire, Arts et Archéologie, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography
Paper 1123-bSyrian and Byzantine Saints in a 12th-Century Syriac Manuscript
(Language: English)
Christian Sahner, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Hagiography, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Manuscripts and Palaeography

These five sessions of ‘Remembering the Saints’ are all focused on the central theme of the 2018 IMC. They explore how the memory of saints was first moulded, and then progressively modified to fit changing circumstances. In most cases this was a successful process of adaptation; but there were also some saints who were quietly forgotten. A final session explores how the memory of late antique and early medieval saints has been presented and used in modern times – in colonial politics, in the cinema, and online.