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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 206: Punitive Miracles in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, II

Monday 3 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Wydział Historii, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Organisers:Juliana Santos Dinoa Medeiros, Wydział Historii, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Robert Wiśniewski, Instytut Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Moderator/Chairs:David Hunter, Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures, University of Kentucky
Bryan Ward-Perkins, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Paper 206-aPunitive Miracles of the Child Jesus: What Does the Textual Transmission of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas tell us?
(Language: English)
Marijana Vukovic, Instytut Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Theology
Paper 206-bThe Grotesque Body in Hell and in Punitive Miracles Stories in the Byzantine Hagiographical Literature
(Language: English)
Emmanouela Grypeou, Institutionen för etnologi religionshistoria och genusvetenskap, Stockholms universitet
Index terms: Anthropology, Byzantine Studies, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Greek
Paper 206-cPunishing Magicians through Miracles: The Motif of Trial by Fire in Greek Hagiography
(Language: English)
Julie van Pelt, Afdeling Latijn en Grieks, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Greek

Miracles are a common feature of Christian narrative in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. But while some people were healed, exorcised or protected by the power of God or his saints, others were punished. Punitive miracles tell us a lot about models of sanctity and functions of literary texts, but also about religious, social and economic fears of the period. These session aims to discuss various ways of how punitive miracles were perceived in Christian mentality and used in narrative. Examining evidence from hagiography and other types of Christian literature, Session II will focus on who was punished, why and how.