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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 245: Writing Stones: Describing Urban Materialities in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, I

Monday 1 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Jakob Ecker, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Mateusz Fafinski, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Jakob Riemenschneider, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Moderator/Chair:Ralph Mathisen, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Paper 245-aRavenna at the Time of Theoderic: A City Entangled between Romans and Ostrogoths
(Language: English)
Clemens Steinwender, Institut für Alte Geschichte und Altorientalistik, Universität Innsbruck
Index terms: Daily Life, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 245-bThe Eternal City in the Mind of Her Provincial Subjects
(Language: English)
Willum Westenholz, Institut für Klassische Philologie, Mittel- und Neulatein, Universität Wien
Index terms: Architecture - General, Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities
Paper 245-cMedium for Transmission: Ciampini on Late Antique Mosaic Decoration in Rome
(Language: English)
Stephanie Hagan, Department of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
Index terms: Art History - General, Historiography - Modern Scholarship

The post-Roman city had serious implications on the dynamics of identity and power. Its materiality could influence the way patterns of authority coalesced in the late and post-Roman world. In researching this interface particular attention must be given to the relationship between the written descriptions of those spaces and their archaeological remains. From the focal role of Ravenna as a basis of both Roman and Gothic identity, to provincial perception and emotional charging of the Roman topography, to the personal statement of Junius Bassus' basilica projecting from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern times, material urbanity shapes the immaterial attitudes in this session.