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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 306: Punitive Miracles in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, III

Monday 3 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Wydział Historii, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Organisers:Juliana Santos Dinoa Medeiros, Wydział Historii, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Robert Wiśniewski, Instytut Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Moderator/Chair:Carine van Rhijn, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 306-aPunitive and Healing Miracles in the Life of Maurilius
(Language: English)
Juliana Santos Dinoa Medeiros, Wydział Historii, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities
Paper 306-bRitual Violence: Punitive Miracles in Early Byzantine Miracle Collections
(Language: English)
Stavroula Constantinou, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Greek
Paper 306-cWere Some Saints More Punitive Than Others?
(Language: English)
Bryan Ward-Perkins, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Comparative, Mentalities
Abstract

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. Session 3 will focus on the function of punitive miracles within hagiographical narrative. The goal is to see how hagiographers used punitive miracles to emphasize key elements of their message.