IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1502: Horses in the Orient

Thursday 5 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Anastasija Ropa, Department of Management & Communication Science, Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga
Moderator/Chairs:Timothy Dawson, Independent Scholar, Leeds
Sunny Harrison, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1502-aThe Role of the Horse in Tangut Society
(Language: English)
Romain Lefebvre, Centre de recherche Textes et Cultures, Université d'Artois, Arras
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Military History
Paper 1502-bWas The Horse Collar Invented in China?
(Language: English)
Gail Brownrigg, Independent Scholar, Dorking
Index terms: Art History - General, Daily Life, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Technology
Paper 1502-cInformation of Middle Byzantine Hagiographical Texts about Horses
(Language: English)
Alexia-Foteini Stamouli, Independent Scholar, Patras
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Daily Life, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Greek

This is one of four sessions dedicated to the medieval horse. Horses were indispensable in both European and Asian medieval societies; this session on horses in the orient considers the role of horses across territories ranging from Byzantium to China and across the Islamic cultures. The papers highlight the ubiquity of equines in all spheres of medieval life, from hagiography to warfare, as well as the impact of equestrian practices on areas as varied as architecture and religious thought. The symbolic and practical influence of horses on medieval societies is further discussed in other sessions of the series (‘Horses across Europe’, ‘Equestrian Equipment’, and ‘Horses in Courtly Literature’).