IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1737: Praise Discourse in the Late Antique and Early Medieval Court

Thursday 4 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Robert Smith, Department of History, University of York
Moderator/Chair:Matthew Bryan Gillis, Department of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Paper 1737-aOur Man in Trier: Symmachus and His Panegyrics to Valentinian I
(Language: English)
Joel Leslie, School of Humanities (Classics), University of Glasgow
Joel Leslie, School of Humanities (Classics), University of Glasgow
Joel Leslie, School of Humanities (Classics), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Rhetoric
Paper 1737-bRiddles and Praise: Paul the Deacon's Poetic Epistles to Charlemagne
(Language: English)
Maria Merino Jaso, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Maria Merino Jaso, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Maria Merino Jaso, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Rhetoric
Paper 1737-cHow to Praise Humility: John Scottus Eriugena and Charles the Bald
(Language: English)
Robert Smith, Department of History, University of York
Robert Smith, Department of History, University of York
Robert Smith, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Rhetoric
Abstract

Learning how to praise (and when not to praise) a ruler was an important art in the early medieval court. This panel will explore both the techniques courtiers employed in giving praise, how these defined representations of good rulership, and the problems inherent in adopting praise-giving as a discourse. By offering a snapshot of praise-giving from the 4th, 8th and 9th Centuries, the panel will also invite a diachronic approach to understanding the evolution of a political discourse.