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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1007: Erasure in Late Antiquity, III: Erasing the Dead

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Postgraduate & Early-Career Late Antiquity Network
Organisers:Kay Boers, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Becca Grose, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Robin Whelan, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge
Paper 1007-aJulian's Funeral Law and the Erasure of the Memory of St Babylas
(Language: English)
Nicola Ernst, School of Historical & Philosophical Inquiry, University of Queensland
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Law, Pagan Religions, Rhetoric
Paper 1007-bFrom Beast's Belly to Saintly Sepulcher: Ignatius of Antioch's Remains in Romans and Its Reception
(Language: English)
Kelly Holob, Divinity School University of Chicago
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Greek, Rhetoric
Paper 1007-cDefining the Afterlife: The (Attempted) Conceptual Erasure of Ghosts in Late Antiquity
(Language: English)
Ryan Denson, Department of Classics & Ancient History University of Exeter
Index terms: Folk Studies, Mentalities, Theology

In Late Antiquity, erasure could take many forms. In this session we will see that processes of erasure not only pertained to the living, but also the dead. The first paper (Denson) will explore how attempts to narrow the semantic range of terms like δαίμων contributed to the conceptual erasure of ghosts and spirits. The second paper (Holob) will look at how Ignatius of Antioch, through the image of the destroyed body, rejected Greco-Roman ideas about earthly glory. The last paper (Ernst) will look at the emperor Julian's funeral law as an attempt to censor Christian practices, obliterate the memory of St Babylas, and transform Antioch into a truly pagan city.