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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 334: Ecclesiastical Networks and Actors: Linking Late Antique and Early Medieval Lifeworlds

Monday 3 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Veronika Egetenmeyr, Arbeitsbereich Alte Geschichte Historisches Institut Universität Greifswald
Moderator/Chair:Roland Steinacher, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Respondent:Uta Heil, Institut für Kirchengeschichte, Christliche Archäologie und Kirchliche Kunst, Universität Wien
Paper 334-aBetween Toledo, Carthage, and Constantinople: The Balearics in the Later 6th Century
(Language: English)
James Michael Harland, Department of Arts, Design & Social Sciences, Northumbria University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 334-bBy the Book: Keeping Ecclesiastical Networks Alive through Manuscripts in the Early Medieval West
(Language: English)
Mateusz Fafinski, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Administration, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Paper 334-cWith Friends like These: The Lifeworld of 6th-Century Mediterranean Elites
(Language: English)
Jakob Riemenschneider, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Greek

Throughout the 5th and 6th centuries the Western Roman Empire disintegrated. While in Italy, Gaul, Spain, Africa, and Britain successor states emerged, the East with Constantinople as its capital prolonged the imperial structures. Secular as well as ecclesiastical protagonists continued to perceive the Roman Empire as an unity. Elite networks not only provided an exchange of ideas and transferred knowledge, such linkages also created communities beyond political boundaries. Secular as well as ecclesiastical actors entangled their various 'lifeworlds' as part of a transformation of the Roman world. The networks and entanglements of both parts of the Roman Empire, fostered and nourished through individual actors, will be in the focus of our two sessions. The first session focuses on ecclesiastical networks, which discussed for instance questions of faith as well as the role of the church. The second session is dedicated to military, diplomatic, and aristocratic secular networks.