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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1715: Sino-Byzantine Comparisons, Eurasian Entanglements, III: Creating Networks of Reference

Thursday 6 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:ERC Project 'Classicising Learning in Medieval Imperial Systems: Cross-Cultural Approaches to Byzantine Paideia & Tang/Song Xue' / Centre for Late Antique, Islamic & Byzantine Studies, University of Edinburgh
Organiser:Foteini Spingou, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:N Yavuz, Den Arnamagn√¶anske Samling, K√łbenhavns Universitet
Paper 1715-aCrafting Traditions: Antony of Tagrit, His 'Classics' and the Syriac Classicising Rhetorical Learning
(Language: English)
Mara Nicosia, Department of Classics & Ancient History, Durham University
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - Comparative, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Rhetoric
Paper 1715-bThe Bucolic Mode and Imperial Voice in 10th-Century Byzantium
(Language: English)
Paroma Chatterjee, Department of the History of Art, University of Michigan
Index terms: Art History - General, Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
Paper 1715-cLearning Geography in 12th-Century Byzantium: Alternative Models, Interconnected Networks
(Language: English)
Chiara D'Agostini, Centre for Medieval Literature, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)

Specialists in the Syriac, Byzantine and Song Chinese cultures discuss how literati used textual and visual quotations and references to ancient authoritative works to create networks (and anti-networks). By examining intriguing case-studies from the 9th to the 12th centuries and from different yet comparable socio-cultural contexts, the papers provide provocative insights into how referencing the past is tied to identity-making and efforts to secure community cohesion and relevance in the Eastern Mediterranean and West Asia. The panel's moderator responds to the papers by bringing parallels and insights from Song China.