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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1640: Material Narratives of Late Antiquity, II: Continuity and Change

Thursday 4 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:DFG Center for Advanced Studies 'Migration & Mobility in Late Antiquity & the Early Middle Ages', Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Organisers:James Michael Harland, Department of Arts, Design & Social Sciences, Northumbria University
Andrew Welton, University Writing Program, University of Florida
Moderator/Chair:Richard Flower, Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Exeter
Paper 1640-aThe Politics of Public Portrait Sculpture in Late Antique Greece
(Language: English)
Amelia R. Brown, School of Historical & Philosophical Inquiry, University of Queensland
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - Sculpture, Byzantine Studies
Paper 1640-bIntegrating Evidence and Challenging Narratives: A Study of Apotropaic Protection in Byzantium
(Language: English)
Deniz Sever Georgousakis, Research Centre for Anatolian Civilzsations, Koç University, Istanbul
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Byzantine Studies, Canon Law, Social History
Paper 1640-c'Qué será cera?': Tracking Beekeeping Materially in Late Antique and Medieval Aragon
(Language: English)
David Wallace-Hare, Department of Classics, University of Toronto
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Economics - Rural, Economics - Urban, Epigraphy

‘Late Antiquity' as a coherent historiographical concept owes its existence to reassessments of patterns of social continuity and change. These three papers speak directly to that tradition by offering new methods or new types of evidence by which to make such reassessments. Brown assesses changes in the scale and nature of statuary production and their relationship with the transformation of civic into religious discursive narratives. Sever Georgousakis examines how material evidence overturns literary narratives of the Byzantine Church's defeat of apotropaic ritual. Wallace-Hare examines the practice of bee-keeping in late and post-Roman Aragon to consider changes in the political economy of that region in this turbulent period.