IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 540: Memories of Empire

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval & Early Modern Studies
Organiser:Vanessa Wright, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Vanessa Wright, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 540-aSallust, Caution
(Language: English)
Philippa Byrne, St John's College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Political Thought, Rhetoric
Paper 540-bMagic and the Pagan World in the French Family of Reine Sébile Texts
(Language: English)
Stephanie Hathaway, Faculty of Medieval & Modern Languages, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Social History
Paper 540-cMaxen Wledig versus Beli Mawr?: Remembering Rome in Medieval Welsh Tradition
(Language: English)
Celeste Andrews, Department of Celtic Languages & Literatures, Harvard University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Celtic, Literacy and Orality
Paper 540-dThe Malleable Roman Poet: Authorship, Authority, and Antiquity in the Misattributions of a Late Antique Text
(Language: English)
Sean Tandy, Department of Classical Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Manuscripts and Palaeography

This panel discusses the ways in which individuals or collectives used, or were influenced by, recollections and remnants of the Roman Empire. Medieval ideas about education and civic duty were heavily influenced by Roman authors, for example, while Roman ruins were continuously used in Medieval buildings. Medieval theologians constantly grappled with the legacy of their ancient pagan forebears, while poets sought to establish authority and prestige by placing themselves in the classical tradition through emulation and imitation. In Medieval memories and imaginations, the Roman Empire served as not only a past point of reference, but as an aspirational destination.