IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 642: Construction and Deconstruction of Memory in Byzantium

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Michael Grünbart, Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Paraskevi Toma, Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Moderator/Chair:Michael Grünbart, Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Paper 642-aMemory and Patronage: Commemorating the Patron in Dedicatory Inscriptions of Macedonia in the Middle Byzantine Period
(Language: English)
Nektarios Zarras, Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Art History - Decorative Arts, Byzantine Studies
Paper 642-bMemento mori: The Remembrance of Death in the Catecheses of Theodore the Studite
(Language: English)
Paraskevi Toma, Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 642-cSome Thoughts on Several Byzantine Codices in which Galen Appears as Member of the Roman gens Claudia
(Language: English)
Stefan Alexandru, Institut für Geschichte der Pharmazie, Philipps-Universität Marburg / The British School at Athens
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Medicine
Abstract

Is Byzantium, as we know it today, a sequence of casual episodic memories that build a cohesive whole or a conscious memory system willing to impose a collective identity? What is the role of politics and religion in promoting the ‘memorable’? The session recalls the material and textual data that construct, de- and reconstruct the function of memory in Byzantium. The focus will be on epigraphic evidence as a source for promoting patronage, on the remembrance of death as part of the worshiper’s life, and on recently spotlighted Byzantine medical codices supporting
Galen’s affiliation to the gens Claudia.