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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1213: Medieval Roman Empires East and West, III: Imperial Pasts and Futures

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Organiser:Len Scales, Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:Björn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Paper 1213-aWhen Did the Roman Translatio imperii Take Place?: Alternative Byzantine Views of New Rome's Exclusive Claim to Romanness in the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Ioannis Stouraitis, Institut für Byzantinistik & Neogräzistik, Universität Wien / Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought
Paper 1213-bDefensor ecclesiae: Narratives of translatio imperii and Its Justification in Late Medieval Latin Historiography
(Language: English)
Lisa Rolston, Department of History University of Canterbury Christchurch
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1213-cEutychius, Gundeshapur, and Galerius' Invasion of the Sasanian Empire
(Language: English)
Byron Waldron, Department of Classics & Ancient History University of Sydney
Index terms: Military History, Politics and Diplomacy

The session examines how continuities with imagined Roman pasts were constructed in east and west, serving not only to legitimise but to 'future-proof' the respective empires by locating ideas of Romanness in relation to Judaeo-Christian prophetic explanatory traditions and frames of reference. It focuses on the the Empire's 'translation' as a key concept common to, but interpreted in different ways in, the eastern and western imperial traditions.