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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 540: Late Antique Materialities, I: Imperial Materialities

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 09.00-10.30

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 540-aWhere Now Are the Names of the Jovians and Herculians?: Materiality and the Memory of the Great Persecution
(Language: English)
Rebecca Usherwood, School of Classics, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Epigraphy, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life
Paper 540-bThe Construction of Julian Augustus's Public Image in Inscriptions and Milestones
(Language: English)
Gabriel Gabbardo, School of Classics, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Byzantine Studies, Epigraphy, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 540-c4th-Century Pilgrimage: Jerusalem in the Constantinian Imagination
(Language: English)
Giselle Bader, Department of Studies in Religion, University of Sydney
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Biblical Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life

Few figures left their mark upon the material remains of antiquity as fulsomely as the emperors of Rome. This panel explores the materiality of the late imperial court, asking how it shaped the material world around it and how the material remains left by successive regimes can be used to understand them. Our first paper looks at how the Great Persecution was understood in material terms by those generations of Christians that came after (Usherwood). Our second paper then explores how the material record can be used to enliven our understanding of reactions to the controversial reign of the emperor Julian (Gabbardo). Our last paper explores how the landscape of Jerusalem and the Holy Land impressed itself upon the imaginative world of Christians in the time of Constantine (Bader).