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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 740: Late Antique Materialities, III: Monastic Materialities

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Adrastos Omissi, School of Humanities (Classics), University of Glasgow
Rebecca Usherwood, School of Classics, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Bonnie Effros, Department of History, University of Liverpool
Paper 740-aSpilled Beer and Broken Vessels: On Negligence and Domestic Accidents
(Language: English)
Albrecht Diem, Department of History, Syracuse University, New York
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 740-bVineyards, Wine, Women, and Writing: Materiality in the Communication of 6th Century Eastern Monastic Settlements
(Language: English)
Luise Marion Frenkel
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 740-c'Then he went again from the lavra to the desert of Rouba…': Discovery of a Decorated Monastic Hermitage in the Dead Sea Escarpment
(Language: English)
Yanina Tchekhanovets, Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Monasticism

Monastic communities provide some of our richest and most rewardingly circumstantial documentation for everyday material culture in late antiquity. At the same time, questions of the legitimacy of material wealth and production run as a fault line through late ancient discussions of the monastic life. These papers consider different approaches to the fascinating problems posed by monasteries as material environments: the problems of maintaining (breakable) communal possessions in an institution dedicated to individual poverty (Diem); the intersection of property, social networks, and religious dedication in the monasteries of the Fayum (Frenkel); and the recent archaeological discovery of a new hermitage in the Dead Sea Escarpment (Davidovich, Porat, Tchekhanovets).