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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1021: Marriage in the Late Roman Empire: Risks and Rewards in Relationship Networks

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Jeroen W.P. Wijnendaele, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Moderator/Chair:Ian N. Wood, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 1021-aThe Empress Justina as Bride and Marriage Broker
(Language: English)
Kate Cooper, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Index terms: Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
Paper 1021-bMarriage and Social Mobility in the Late Roman Army of Ammianus
(Language: English)
Jeroen W.P. Wijnendaele, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Military History, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
Paper 1021-cKnots and Loose Ends: Late Antique Usurpers and Their Wives
(Language: English)
Julia Hillner, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
Abstract

Dynastic strategy and kinship have been the focus of interesting work on networks since the days of Lévi-Strauss, yet the distinctive importance of kinship bonds in times of political and military crisis has often been taken as self-evident. This session will explore the opportunities – and dangers – of marriage as a strategy for power, influence, and survival in the highest military and political echelons of the Late Roman Empire.