Session1318
TitleWriting Letters in Climates of Conflict during Late Antiquity
Date/TimeWednesday 7 July 2021: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserDaniel Knox, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest/Wien / Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
 
Moderator/ChairDanuta Shanzer, Institut für Klassische Philologie, Mittel- und Neulatein, Universität Wien
 
Paper 1318-a Μηδὲν ἀποδεῖν ἀραχνίου: Basil of Caesarea, Bishop between State and Church
(Language: English)
Matthijs Zoeter, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Language and Literature - Latin; Social History
Paper 1318-b A Bishop in Unstable Times: Conflict in the Letters of Sidonius Apollinaris
(Language: English)
Madeleine St Marie, Department of History, University of Califonia, Riverside
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Language and Literature - Latin; Social History
Paper 1318-c Ennodius of Pavia's Letters during the Laurentian Schism, 498-503
(Language: English)
Daniel Knox, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest/Wien / Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Language and Literature - Latin; Social History
 
AbstractFrom the 4th to 6th centuries, letters were written, collected, and circulated in a wide variety of social, religious, and political contexts that reflected the shift from a monolithic state-structure to a plurality of independent and dependent polities. A constant theme for writers such as Basil of Caesarea, Sidonius Apollinaris, and Ennodius of Pavia was conflict. Conflicts both affected the personal circumstances of writers - who often acted as brokers in conflicts, and provided a fertile field for rhetorical embellishment in letters. This session will explore the wide range of late-antique letter writers and the conflicts that shaped their work.