IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 602: Landscape Transformation and Representation

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Moderator/Chair:Hervin Fernández-Aceves, School of History / Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 602-aContinuities and Changes in the Landscape of the Visigoth Capital of Toletum, Spain: The Aristocratic Building of Los Hitos, 6th-8th Centuries
(Language: English)
Isabel Sanchez Ramos, Departamento de Prehistoria y Arqueología, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Jorge Morín, Departamento de Arqueología, Paleontología y Recursos Culturales, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Computing in Medieval Studies
Paper 602-bThe Transformation of the Roman Forum: Jewish Space through Christian Eyes
(Language: English)
Marie Thérèse Champagne, Department of History, University of West Florida
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Ecclesiastical History, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Local History
Paper 602-cSpace, Nature (and Landscape?) in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
(Language: English)
Manuel Magán, Departamento de Historia del Arte, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Index terms: Art History - General, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Philosophy

Paper -a:
With a strategic geographic location beside to the main Roman routes in the middle of the Iberian Peninsula, Toledo was the Visigoth capital from Theudas in 546 to the collapse of the Kingdom in the early 8th century. Evidences of power architecture are slim, and most of the well-known structures linked to new local elites (monasteries, burial memorials), such as Los Hitos, are placed in the hinterland of Toledo. Local elites are the key for understanding the social dynamics during the 5th and the 7th Centuries, and this paper will start out with the need to offer new ways of looking at and thinking about the countryside architecture and landscapes of Late Antique societies. Los Hitos was the rural burial place or pantheon for a figure and his family from the high nobility in Toledo on a latifundium that likewise could have held an important religious center.

Paper -b:
This paper looks at Christian perceptions of the meaning of the Arch of Titus and its relief sculptures from the imperial era through the 14th century. While a sign of degradation and defeat for the Jewish people, Christians thought the Forum Arch of Titus noteworthy enough to point out throughout the Middle Ages, while gradually re-signifying the space with Christian meaning.

Paper -c:
Abstract withheld.