IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 337: Remembering and Forgetting the Ancient City, III: Urban Myths

Monday 2 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

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/Chairs:Javier Martínez-Jiménez, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge
Respondent:Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge
Paper 337-aRemembering the First City: Freculf of Lisieux and the End of Innocence
(Language: English)
Sam Ottewill-Soulsby, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
Paper 337-bRemembering the Rose Red City: Pilgrimage, Storytelling, and the Shaping of Byzantine Petra
(Language: English)
Marlena Whiting, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Biblical Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
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 third and concluding session considers how ancient ideas of the city were adapted and reused. Sam Ottewill-Soulsby examines the Carolingian use of ancient authors to support the biblical narrative of the first city. In the subsequent paper, Marlene Whiting develops the importance of myths of the past to a specific case study, Petra, considering how very different urban communities used an imagined history. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill gives concluding remarks for all three sessions.