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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 608: Taste and Disgust in Late Antiquity, II: Inclusion and Exclusion

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Postgraduate & Early-Career Late Antiquity Network
Organiser:Ella Kirsh, Department of Classics, Brown University
Moderator/Chair:Henry Anderson, Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Exeter
Paper 608-aTrends and Transitions: Cultural Identity Networks in the Late Antique Trans-Rhine
(Language: English)
Teifion Gambold, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Daily Life, Mentalities, Military History, Social History
Paper 608-b'Taste and see': Cultivating an Appetite for Late Antique Visual Aesthetics in Miracles of Bread and Wine
(Language: English)
Miriam Hay, Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Warwick
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Biblical Studies, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
Paper 608-c'He died as he taught!': The Death of 'Heretics' and the Feeling of Disgust in Late Antiquity
(Language: English)
Karl Heiner Dahm, Department of Classics, King's College London
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Religious Life

This panel explores how late ancient cultural tastes constructed the boundaries around self and other. The first paper (Gambold) analyses taste within the Rhine garrisons, as soldiers developed shifting ways of categorising outsiders. The second paper (Hay) examines late Roman funerary culture, showing that sarcophagi were designed to telegraph the decedent's group affiliations and personal tastes, while also deflecting the viewer's disgust by concealing a decaying corpse within a beautiful object. The final paper (Dahm) argues that graphic accounts of the deaths of heretics were ultimately intended to stimulate the reader's disgust against the theological content of heresies as well as the bodily fates of their proponents.