Session Title

Late Antiquity II: Barbarians, Communication, and Frontiers

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Society for Late Antiquity

Organizer Name

Ralph W. Mathisen

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

Presider Name

Genevra Kornbluth

Presider Affiliation

Kornbluth Photography

Paper Title 1

Incommodae Viae: Sidonius and Ennodius on Post-Roman Travel

Presenter 1 Name

Jonathan J. Arnold

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Tulsa

Paper Title 2

The Prosopography of Communication in Merovingian Gaul, ca. 560-610

Presenter 2 Name

Bernard S. Bachrach

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Paper Title 3

Circles of Trust: Late Antique Byzantine Generals and Their Officers

Presenter 3 Name

David Parnell

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Indiana Univ. Northwest

Paper Title 4

A Cultural Basin between Empires: Geography and Identity in Late Roman Arabia

Presenter 4 Name

David Harris

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

Start Date

12-5-2013 8:30 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 2030

Description

During the past 40 years Late Antiquity (ca. 200-800 CE) has become recognized as a new historical period with its own unique characteristics. With regard to religion, Late Antiquity is the first age of monotheistic religions represented by people seeking spiritual and emotional, not to mention material, satisfaction in religion. With regard to politics, Late Antiquity brought a retreat from centralized governments and a the tendency toward ever-larger empires that had been underway ever since the Bronze Age, and a movement toward localism even in the face of putatively strong central powers. Late Antiquity brought an expanded role of an underlying belief in the rule by law, seen in secular, canon, and vulgar law, at the same time that central authority seemed to be breaking down. Culturally, Late Antiquity is represented by artistic trends that focused on idealization, and the privileging of content/message over form. And with regard to literature, contrary to many past assumptions, Late Antiquity was marked by a great flowering of literary production, much of which survived because of the switch from the use of papyrus to parchment as the primary writing material. These sessions sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity demonstrate how these, and other factors, give Late Antiquity its unique identity.

Ralph Mathisen

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May 12th, 8:30 AM

Late Antiquity II: Barbarians, Communication, and Frontiers

Fetzer 2030

During the past 40 years Late Antiquity (ca. 200-800 CE) has become recognized as a new historical period with its own unique characteristics. With regard to religion, Late Antiquity is the first age of monotheistic religions represented by people seeking spiritual and emotional, not to mention material, satisfaction in religion. With regard to politics, Late Antiquity brought a retreat from centralized governments and a the tendency toward ever-larger empires that had been underway ever since the Bronze Age, and a movement toward localism even in the face of putatively strong central powers. Late Antiquity brought an expanded role of an underlying belief in the rule by law, seen in secular, canon, and vulgar law, at the same time that central authority seemed to be breaking down. Culturally, Late Antiquity is represented by artistic trends that focused on idealization, and the privileging of content/message over form. And with regard to literature, contrary to many past assumptions, Late Antiquity was marked by a great flowering of literary production, much of which survived because of the switch from the use of papyrus to parchment as the primary writing material. These sessions sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity demonstrate how these, and other factors, give Late Antiquity its unique identity.

Ralph Mathisen