IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 237: Remembering and Forgetting the Ancient City, II: Being a City

Monday 2 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:ERC Project 'The Impact of the Ancient City'
Organisers:Javier Martínez-Jiménez, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge
Sam Ottewill-Soulsby, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Caroline Goodson, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Paper 237-aFactors of Promotion and Demotion of Cities in Late Antique Spain
(Language: English)
Pablo Poveda Arias, Departamento de Prehistoria, Historia Antigua y Arqueología, Universidad de Salamanca
Pablo C. Díaz Martínez, Departamento de Prehistoria, Historia Antigua y Arqueología, Universidad de Salamanca
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 237-bWealth and the City in 7th- to 9th-Century Rome and Ravenna
(Language: English)
Thomas Langley, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Geography and Settlement Studies, Historiography - Medieval
Abstract

The relationship of the medieval city with the ancient city has received much debate in recent years. The theme of ‘memory’ offers new possibilities for considering how medieval people understood their cities in the context of those that had come before, whether by remembering them, or choosing to forget them. This second session examines the way in which city status was contested in the light of the ancient past. Pablo Poveda Arias considers the extent to which city status in Visigothic Spain was shaped by Roman categories. Thomas Langley then investigates the manner in which projects of civic euergetism allowed elites in early medieval Rome and Ravenna to retain a connection with their former status as imperial capitals.