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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 508: The Impact of Ostrogothic Warfare on Late Roman Italy

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Jeroen W.P. Wijnendaele, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Moderator/Chair:Guy Halsall, Department of History, University of York
Paper 508-a'State of Emergency': Odoacer and the Defense of Late Roman Italy
(Language: English)
Jeroen W.P. Wijnendaele, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Administration, Byzantine Studies, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 508-bWar, Displacement, and 'Disaster Ecclesiology' in Ostrogothic Italy
(Language: English)
Kristina Sessa, Department of History, Ohio State University
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Geography and Settlement Studies, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 508-cThe Gothic War and the Anxieties of Identity
(Language: English)
Brian Swain, Department of History & Philosophy, Kennesaw State University, Georgia
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Daily Life, Mentalities, Social History

Of all successor-kingdoms, Ostrogothic Italy showed the greatest continuity with the western Roman empire at the level of administration, culture, and geopolitical power.This is especially true for Theoderic, who managed to exert an unrivalled hegemony over Transalpine regions. Yet, Ostrogothic continuity with Rome and Theoderic's power were both forged and dismantled in two of the most vicious and consequential wars of Late Antiquity, the understudied war between Theoderic and Odoacer (489-493) and the Gothic War (535-554). This session will look at governmental, ecclesiastic, cultural, and local community responses to the fall-out of warfare in Italy during this era.