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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 813: Multilayered Communities or Competing Networks in the Eastern Mediterranean?

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Nathan Websdale, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Catherine Holmes, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Paper 813-aMacedonian Networks in 11th-Century Byzantium
(Language: English)
Arie Neuhauser, Independent Scholar, Jerusalem
Index terms: Anthropology, Byzantine Studies, Social History
Paper 813-bArmenia after the Kingdom: Elite Change and Continuity in Byzantine / Seljuq Armenia, c. 1020-1170
(Language: English)
Thomas Alexander, Independent Scholar, Harpenden
Paper 813-cEpirote, Bulgarian, Vlach, or Romaíoi?: Attacks and Defences of the Ethnicity of the Entangled Communities of the Despotate of Epiros
(Language: English)
Nathan Websdale, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Anthropology, Byzantine Studies, Crusades, Social History

Beneath the learned eyes of authors swelled a great number of different peoples, who all had the potential to be classed as, and belong to, the Romaíoi of Byzantium. However, aside from instances of political or military unifying action the reality of day-to-day life could be quite different. The local, personal interest could override ideology in both civic and religious settings and provoke moments of unilateralism that offer a nuance to over-homogenised depictions of Byzantine life. This session investigates how we can approach these moments of particularism and investigate the influences exerted by competing networks and traditions.