Session308
TitleBeyond the Invasion Narrative: The Roman World and Its Neighbours in Late Antiquity, II - Changing Minds?
Date/TimeMonday 11 July 2011: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserGuy Halsall, Department of History, University of York
 
Moderator/ChairGuy Halsall, Department of History, University of York
 
Paper 308-a Ethnicity and Its Discontents
(Language: English)
Walter Pohl, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 308-b Ta(l)king Up the Law: Rethinking Roman-Post-Roman Legal Practice in the West
(Language: English)
Caroline Humfress, School of History, University of St Andrews
Paper 308-c Shifting Identities and Marriage in Ostrogothic Italy
(Language: English)
Tommaso Leso, Dipartimento di Studi storici, Università Ca' Foscari, Venezia
 
AbstractThis session looks at developments in the mentalités of the late antique world in ways which attempt to move beyond the paradigms that
assign all change to incoming barbarians. Walter Pohl's paper responds to recent polemic against the deployment of ethnicity and identity as a means of explaining change, without invoking the traditional Völkerwanderung. The other papers, by Humfress and Leso look at two related areas: the law and ideas of marriage, to see how dynamics within the late Roman world and its relations with the world beyond the frontier helped to shape the precise changes detectable.