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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 602: RomanIslam, II: Imperial Religion versus Local Beliefs

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:RomanIslam - Center for Comparative Empire & Transcultural Studies
Organiser:Nathalie Klinck, RomanIslam - Center for Comparative Empire & Transcultural Studies, Universität Hamburg
Moderator/Chair:Daniel Syrbe, Research Project 'Constraints & Traditions: Roman Power in Changing Societies', Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Paper 602-a'The indispensable archives of memory': Sectarian Hagiographical (Re-)Writing during the Donatist Controversy
(Language: English)
Eric Fournier, Department of History, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Religious Life
Paper 602-bMartyrs on Tour: The Cults of Salsa of Tipasa and Marciana of Caesarea between North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula
(Language: English)
Alice van den Bosch, Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Exeter
Nathalie Klinck, RomanIslam - Center for Comparative Empire & Transcultural Studies, Universität Hamburg
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hagiography, Religious Life
Paper 602-cRoman Polytheism in Provincia Baetica during the Late Empire, Late 3rd-4th Centuries
(Language: English)
José Carlos López Gómez, Departamento de Ciencias Históricas e Historiográficas, Universidad de Málaga
Index terms: Pagan Religions, Religious Life

The session will discuss the entanglement of imperial religion and local beliefs on the Iberian Peninsula and in North Africa from Late Antiquity to Early Islam. By incorporating the written and archaeological sources, the cultural and political connection to religion will be highlighted as well as how different groups have harnessed certain elements. The paper will focus on the martyr literature and its intertextual use and recurring patterns based on cultural memory and trauma; female martyrs of Mauretania and their entanglement into local and interregional veneration; and an examination of the sacralization of space as foundation for a comprehensive database and interactive map.