IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 544: Cultural Memory in Late Antiquity, I: Negotiating Christian and Classical Memory

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Richard Flower, Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Exeter
Robin Whelan, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Robin Whelan, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge
Paper 544-aRemembering a Christian Past in Didymus the Blind and the Tura Papyri
(Language: English)
Blossom Stefaniw, Theologische Fakultät, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Rhetoric
Paper 544-bChristianising the Romans of Rome: Exempla in Augustine, City of God, 1
(Language: English)
Teresa Röger, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Rhetoric
Paper 544-cRe-Membering Rome: Biblical Sarcophagi in the Tradition of Roman Funerary Commemoration
(Language: English)
Miriam Hay, Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Warwick
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
Abstract

For Christians in late antiquity, the negotiation of their relationship with the memory of the Roman past presented a variety of problems: to what extent should a good Christian continue, adapt, confront, or reject the classical past as ‘pagan’ and thus foreign to their own identity? These three papers explore a range of answers to that question, examining different attempts to interpret the historical, literary, and artistic legacy of Rome and to find ways to make it relevant and useful to new Christian circumstances.