IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1006: Petition and Response in the Late Antique West, I

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Eric Fournier, Department of History, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Moderator/Chair:Samuel Cohen, Department of History, Sonoma State University, California
Paper 1006-aAfter Fergus: 'Petition and Response' and the Roman Emperors 50 Years on
(Language: English)
Simon Corcoran, Department of History, University College London
Index terms: Administration, Law
Paper 1006-bWhere Did the Church Go?: Methods of Governing in the Early Medieval Burgundian State
(Language: English)
Merle Eisenberg, Department of History, Princeton University
Index terms: Administration, Law, Religious Life
Paper 1006-cPetition and Response in Victor of Vita
(Language: English)
Eric Fournier, Department of History, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Index terms: Administration, Law, Religious Life
Abstract

Fergus Millar and Malcolm Errington have argued that the Roman Empire was a reacting government that essentially responded to specific demands and petitions, and that their responses were often dictated by local conditions. The Millar-Errington model did not, however, consider the period beyond the reign of Theodosius (379-395 CE). In order to analyze the continuity of this petition and response model as a method of government in the post-Roman successor kingdoms of the late antique West, this session (in two parts, assembling 5 presenters and 1 respondent) assembles case studies from the late Roman legal perspective, as well as the Burgundian, Ostrogothic, and Vandal kingdoms.