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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1720: Entangled Semantics of Power between East and West, III: Multilingualism and Byzantine Cultural Heritage in Documentary Sources from Medieval Italy

Thursday 6 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Luisa Andriollo, ERC Project ACO, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Cristina Rognoni, Dipartimento Culture e Società, Università degli Studi di Palermo
Moderator/Chair:Maria Cristina Rossi, Dipartimento di Civiltà e Forme del Sapere, Università di Pisa
Paper 1720-aGraeca in Medieval Roman Documents
(Language: English)
Serena Ammirati, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Education, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1720-bBetween Norman Administrators and Local Advocates: Archontes in Greek Archival Sources of Southern Italy in the 11th and Early 12th Centuries
(Language: English)
Nathan Leidholm, Department of History, University of Chicago, Illinois
Index terms: Administration, Byzantine Studies, Charters and Diplomatics, Social History
Paper 1720-cMultilingualism in the Greek Documents of Norman Sicily
(Language: English)
Francesca Potenza, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza, Università degli Studi di Palermo
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics, Language and Literature - Comparative, Manuscripts and Palaeography

Between the 7th and the 11th century, many Italian regions were gradually lost to the Eastern Roman Empire or progressively emancipated themselves from its control, until the ultimate eradication of Byzantine presence in Italy in 1071. Yet the use of Greek language and script in documentary sources often survived Byzantine political domination. The session will focus on unexpected or anachronistic uses of Greek in territories whose ties with Constantinople were loose or broken. Papers will shed light on the re-molding of Byzantine social, political, and cultural heritage, investigating the reasons behind such linguistic choices.