IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1611: Mountain and Otherness: Mystery, Misunderstandings, and Diplomacy on a Geographical Border in the Byzantine Early Middle Ages

Thursday 9 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Dipartimento di Italianistica, Romanistica, Antichistica, Arti e Spettacolo (DIRAAS), Università degli Studi di Genova
Organiser:Pia Carolla, Dipartimento di Italianistica Romanistica Antichistica Arti e Spettacolo Università degli Studi di Genova
Moderator/Chair:Pia Carolla, Dipartimento di Italianistica Romanistica Antichistica Arti e Spettacolo Università degli Studi di Genova
Paper 1611-aFrom Euripides' 'mountainous monster' to John Malalas's 'widow, named Sphinx': Byzantine Re-Interpretations of a Liminal Figure
(Language: English)
Agnese Fontana, Philosophische Fakultät Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen / Dipartimento di Italianistica Romanistica Antichistica Arti e Spettacolo (DIRAAS) Università degli Studi di Genova
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Greek, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
Paper 1611-bThe Mountain and the 'Other': Gregory of Nazianzus's Poems and Their Influence in Byzantine Theological Thought
(Language: English)
Marco Enrico, Faculté des Lettres Sorbonne Université Paris / Dipartimento di Italianistica Romanistica Antichistica Arti e Spettacolo (DIRAAS) Università degli Studi di Genova
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Theology
Paper 1611-cBetween Stereotypical Views and the Rise of a New Sensibility: The Perception of Mountain in Procopius's History of the Wars
(Language: English)
Omar Coloru, Dipartimento di Italianistica Romanistica Antichistica Arti e Spettacolo Università degli Studi di Genova
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1611-dFar Over: A Golden Mountain (or Two) among the Sogdian Turks and a Byzantine Perception of the 'Other' beyond the Borders
(Language: English)
Pia Carolla, Dipartimento di Italianistica Romanistica Antichistica Arti e Spettacolo Università degli Studi di Genova
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Pagan Religions, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

Starting from the mountain as a natural boundary, this session aims at exploring the implications, perceptions, and re-readings of a landscape which turns into a window to the Otherness. With a focus on myths and poems, as well as on misunderstandings and diplomacy, the approaches span from geography to theology, diplomacy, military history, literature, and philology. Different literary genres frame discussion about the ‘Other’ to be met beyond the geographical, chronological, and cultural borders of the Byzantine empire; paper-d touches the borders of Central Asia up to the 10th century and complements the Eurasian perspective.