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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 708: Taste and Disgust in Late Antiquity, III: Elite Life

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Postgraduate & Early-Career Late Antiquity Network
Organiser:Henry Anderson, Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Exeter
Moderator/Chair:Ella Kirsh, Department of Classics, Brown University
Paper 708-aSymmachus' Taste in Epistolary Practice: Breuitas and Maturum aliquid et comicum
(Language: English)
Maria Lubello, Dipartimento di Storia, Archeologia, Geografia, Arte e Spettacolo, Università degli Studi di Firenze
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - Latin, Pagan Religions, Rhetoric
Paper 708-b'Ne gustus quidem causa': Barbarians and Roman Tastes - A Note about Codex Justinianus 4.41.1 (373)
(Language: English)
Paolo Costa, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza, Università degli Studi di Genova / Facoltà Biblica, Pontificio Istituto Biblico di Roma
Index terms: Administration, Law, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 708-cA Taste of Wine at the Court of Athalaric: Some Remarks from Cassiodorus, Variae XII, 4 on the Spread of Vinum rusticum in Ostrogothic Italy
(Language: English)
Daniele Reano, Classe di lettere e filosofia, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
Index terms: Mentalities, Social History

This session explores Late Antique elite tastes and how these tastes both shaped society and were themselves regulated and controlled by elites. The first paper (Lubello) seeks to identify the epistolary tastes of Symmachus, and how they impacted his correspondence, through an analysis of instructive letters sent to his son. The second paper (Costa) tracks Valentinian I's legislative efforts to place limitations on trade with barbarians in order to prevent their development of tastes for Roman produce. The third paper (Reano) attempts to reconstruct aspects of Roman-Ostrogothic elite society through its appreciation and use of wine, focusing on its impact on economic activities and trade beyond Italy.