IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 242: Fame: Patrons and Memories in Byzantium, II

Monday 2 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Francisco Lopez-Santos Kornberger, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, Department of Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Birmingham
Jessica Varsallona, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Francesca Dell'Acqua, Dipartimento di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Università degli Studi di Salerno
Paper 242-aRemembering Constantinople in Middle English Literature
(Language: English)
Ruth Caddick, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 242-bCap in Hand: The Church of Jerusalem and the Pre-Crusader West
(Language: English)
Daniel K. Reynolds, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Byzantine Studies
Paper 242-cShort Memory?: The Use of Stucco Spolia in Late Byzantine Buildings of Mistra and the Epiros
(Language: English)
Flavia Vanni, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, Department of Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Architecture - General, Art History - Decorative Arts, Byzantine Studies
Abstract

The evocation of the past in Byzantium, far from being restricted to a purely individual sphere, constitutes a collective process. It was used by groups of individuals to shape their identities, explain the current state of affairs, and legitimise future policies. When memories from the past are evoked, ongoing narratives, symbols, and conventions are reshaped and acquire new meanings, often as a way to legitimise a vision of the world and to make a point about the present. The aim of this panel is to explore, through a multidisciplinary approach, how Byzantines perceived, transmitted, and used the past. The extent to the patrons’ agency is key to memory (re)formation of the Byzantine past.