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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1747: Boundaries of Holiness, Frontiers of Sanctity, III

Thursday 9 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:National Science Centre Poland Project 'Epiphanies of Saints in Late-Antique Greek Literature'
Organiser:Julia Doroszewska, Instytut Historyczny Uniwersytet Warszawski
Moderator/Chair:Klazina Staat, Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte, Universiteit Gent
Paper 1747-aTelling Spaces and Stories: The Greek Narratives of the Passion of Agatha
(Language: English)
Anna Lampadaridi, Trinity College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Greek, Religious Life
Paper 1747-bPalestinian Holy Men at the Constantinopolitan Court: Spatial Boundaries of Holiness at the Turn of the 6th Century
(Language: English)
Maurits de Leeuw, Seminar für Alte Geschichte Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Greek, Religious Life
Paper 1747-cThe Changing Image of Heraclius as a Miraculous Emperor: Extension and Limitations of Imperial Holiness in Relation to Varying Spatial Contexts
(Language: English)
Nikolas Hächler, Institut d'histoire et civilisation de Byzance Collège de France Paris

This tripartite session aims at exploring the boundaries of holiness and their negotiation in Late Antiquity and Byzantium. Due to their intermediate position between God and the ordinary man, holy men need to operate between the spiritual world and this world. The question thus arises what is it that distinguishes them from both of these realms. The papers will address the following issues: how the saints transgress the boundaries of their humanity?; are these boundaries clear or blurred?; what are the markers of the holy?; does their holiness have a spatial dimension as well?