IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 242: Frontiers and Crossroads in Italy, II: The Italian South In-Between

Monday 6 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Project 'At the Crossroads of Empires: The Longobard Church of Sant'Ambrogio at Montecorvino Rovella (Salerno), Italy', University of Birmingham
Organiser:Clemens Gantner, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Edoardo Manarini, Deutsches Historisches Institut, Roma
Paper 242-aMonastic Border Communities in Southern Italy: Montecassino and San Vincenzo al Volturno between Lombards and Carolingians
(Language: English)
Giulia Zornetta, Dipartimento di Studi storici, geografici e antropologici, Università di Padova / School of History, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Historiography - Medieval, Monasticism, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 242-bFranks and Byzantines: The Italian South as Contact Zone, 842-75
(Language: English)
Clemens Gantner, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 242-cThe Wisdom of the Virgin: Mary as Cultural Mediator between Carolingians and Langobards in Langobardia Minor
(Language: English)
Francesca Dell'Acqua, Dipartimento di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Università degli Studi di Salerno
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - Painting, Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

Giulia Zornetta will provide insight into the gradual Carolingian takeover of the two most important monasteries placed at the border between the northern kingdom of Italy and the southern principate of Benevento, San Vincenzo al Volturno, and Montecassino. She will then analyse this further drawing on the relatively well-documented dispute over Abbot Poto in the late 8th century. Clemens Gantner will continue from that point and discuss Carolingian policies and politics with regards to the Beneventan/Salernitan south as it developed during the rule of Louis II of Italy, the most active Carolingian ruler in the area. Special attention shall be laid on the relations with the Byzantine Empire, ever keen on regaining influence in one of its former dominions, oscillating between co-operation and conflict. Francesca Dell’Acqua will then speak about the visual representation of the Virgin Mary at the local church Sant’Ambrogio alla Rienna near Salerno, in a border zone between Langobardia Minor and the Carolingian Empire. There, the Theotokos was flanked by four principal Milanese saints, a unique display in the Italian south, which prompts the question of northern ‘influence’ in this transitional region of the south.