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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 535: Political Networks and Ecclesiastical Entanglements in the 350s

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Nicola Ernst, School of Historical & Philosophical Inquiry, University of Queensland
Moderator/Chair:Richard Flower, Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Exeter
Paper 535-aMagnentius and the Meanings of Liberation in 350
(Language: English)
Rebecca Usherwood, School of Classics, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Byzantine Studies, Epigraphy, Political Thought
Paper 535-bNetworks Not Working?: Episcopal Entanglements in Imperial Politics in the Roman West under the Constantinian Emperors
(Language: English)
Mark Humphries, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Paper 535-cFilial Entanglements: The Case of Constantius Gallus
(Language: English)
Nicola Ernst, School of Historical & Philosophical Inquiry, University of Queensland
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Politics and Diplomacy

The 350s saw great change and tumult within the Constantinian Roman Empire: they began with the death of Constans at the hands of the usurper Magnentius, followed by attempts to reaffirm dynastic legitimacy by Constantius II, who also convoked a number of contentious church councils in his quest for religious unity. The papers in this session will discuss three aspects of entanglements in this period: Usherwood will examine Magnentius' presentation of his regime as one that liberated the west from the tyranny of Constans, drawing upon the ideology of Constans' own father, Constantine; Holm will examine the political and filial entanglement of the Caesar Gallus whose short reign was marred by political intrigue; Humphries will consider the ecclesiastical responses to Constantius' visit to the West in the late 350s and the episcopal entanglements this caused.