IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 644: Cultural Memory in Late Antiquity, II: The Memory of Persecution

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Richard Flower, Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Exeter
Robin Whelan, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Veronika Wieser, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 644-aThe Memory of Persecution in Late Antique Polemical Literature
(Language: English)
Samuel Cohen, Department of History, Sonoma State University, California
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Rhetoric
Paper 644-bThe 411 Conference of Carthage in Donatist Memory
(Language: English)
Kevin Feeney, Department of History, Yale University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Rhetoric
Paper 644-cMobilisation or Maintenance?: Remembering Persecution in Late Antique Southern Gaul - The Cases of Sidonius Apollinaris and Avitus of Vienne
(Language: English)
Becca Grose, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht

The second panel in this set of late-antique sessions explores another facet of the memory of the pre-Constantinian Roman past: the historical and literary phenomenon of martyrdom. Despite the end of the persecution of Christians by ‘pagan’ emperors in the early 4th century, this period saw a great expansion in literary, artistic, epigraphic, and architectural memorialisation of these figures, as well as their continued reimagining for new purposes and contexts. The three papers in this panel explore their reuse in the Donatist controversy, the Pachomian communities of Egypt, and the theological struggles of the post-Roman West.