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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 142: Frontiers and Crossroads in Italy, I: Central Italy, Borders, and the Elements

Monday 6 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Project 'At the Crossroads of Empires: The Longobard Church of Sant'Ambrogio at Montecorvino Rovella (Salerno), Italy', University of Birmingham
Organiser:Francesca Dell'Acqua, Dipartimento di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Università degli Studi di Salerno
Moderator/Chair:Christopher Heath, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University
Paper 142-aEnvironmental Boundaries of Italy
(Language: English)
Edward Schoolman, Department of History, University of Nevada, Reno
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Economics - General, Geography and Settlement Studies, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 142-bThe Relic Translations of Pope Sergius II, 844-47
(Language: English)
Giandomenico Ferrazza, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy, Theology
Paper 142-cThe Lands of St Peter and the Sea: Processes of Bordering in Contested Spaces
(Language: English)
Kordula Wolf, Abteilung Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Deutsches Historisches Institut, Roma
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Maritime and Naval Studies

This session is the first in two sets, dealing with the normative and narrative frameworks of frontiers in the Italian peninsula. First, Edward Schoolman will give an overview of new research on the paleo-ecological history of early medieval Italy through an analysis of written sources and the records of fossil pollen extracted from the sediment of bodies of water. He will illustrate, how from both human and natural archives, it becomes clear that there were stark differences in medieval landscapes and how they were managed. Giandomenico Ferrazza will then retrace the religious policy of Sergius II and its ideological foundations. He will focus his analysis on relic transfer in 9th-century Rome, and demonstrate that the Eternal City remained a node in a sizeable exchange network. Kordula Wolf will add a maritime dimension to the land-fixed history of the early medieval Papacy. She tackles the dynamics of frontier creation in the coastal regions of Campania and the contest for maritime access for the City of Rome and the Pope.