IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 844: Cultural Memory in Late Antiquity, IV: Building Late Antique Communities through Memory

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Richard Flower, Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Exeter
Robin Whelan, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Adrastos Omissi, School of Humanities (Classics), University of Glasgow
Paper 844-aMemories of Migration?: So-Called 'Anglo-Saxon' Burial Costume of the 5th Century
(Language: English)
James Michael Harland, Department of Arts, Design & Social Sciences, Northumbria University
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Historiography - Medieval, Social History
Paper 844-bThe Onomastics of Ancestry in the Self-Celebrating Strategies of the Late Antique Aristocracy: The Case of the Valeri
(Language: English)
Mara Mudu, Independent Scholar, Cagliari
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Rhetoric
Paper 844-cMaking Memory from Silence: John of Damascus on Inter-Ecclesiastical Disputes and the Shaping of Church Memory
(Language: English)
Petros Tsagkaropoulos, Department of Classics, King's College London
Maria Dolores Casero Chamorro, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Greek, Sermons and Preaching

Members of many late-antique communities used versions of their pasts to make claims about the definition and the prestige of their own groups. Such claims which were often reinforced and normalised within the routine collective activities of the group. These three papers consider processes of late-antique communal formation: the material embodiment of scriptural and hagiographical stories in the rituals of Holy Land pilgrimage and liturgy; the use (or invention) of illustrious ancestors in the 4th-century aristocracy; and the self-conscious forgetting of earlier ecclesiastical disputes in an 8th-century Palestinian Christian community.