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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 307: The Acts of the Ecumenical Councils, II: The Proceedings in Context

Monday 6 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:British Academy 'Projet Volterra on Roman Law', University College London
Organiser:R. W. Benet Salway, Department of History, University College London
Moderator/Chair:Simon Corcoran, Department of History, University College London
Paper 307-aThe Acts of the Early Ecumenical Councils as Sources for the Historian
(Language: English)
Richard M. Price, Heythrop College, University of London
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy, Theology
Paper 307-bImperial Public Speaking in Late Antiquity: Documentary Records and Literary Rewriting
(Language: English)
Luisa Andriollo, ERC Project ACO, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Greek, Language and Literature - Latin, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 307-cTowards a New Hänel
(Language: English)
Peter Riedlberger, ERC Project ACO Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Index terms: Administration, Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Latin, Law

The multi-layered and generically diverse documents that comprise the Acta Conciliorum Oecumenicorum crossed and re-crossed the linguistic and doctrinal frontiers of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages. The Acts include (purportedly) verbatim minutes of the proceedings, a formal framework, and documents subsequently appended. These papers represent work emerging from the ERC-funded ACO Project (, an in-depth study of proceedings from the perspective of cultural history, tracing the destinies of the Acts' texts, from oral utterance to the manuscript texts we have today. This panel collects papers reflecting on the historical, literary, and legal contexts of the Acts.