Session325
TitleImagining Frontiers in Early Medieval Italy: Discourses and Identities
Date/TimeMonday 4 July 2022: 16.30-18.00
 
SponsorProgetti di Ricerca di Interesse Nazionale (PRIN) Project 'Ruling in Hard Times: Patterns of Power & Practices of Government in the Making of Carolingian Italy'
 
OrganiserFrancesco Borri, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
 
Moderator/ChairWalter Pohl, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
 
Paper 325-a Waiting for the Barbarians: Ostrogothic Frontiers in Cassiodorus' Variae
(Language: English)
Marco Cristini, Classe di Lettere e Filosofia, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
Index Terms: Archaeology - Sites; Geography and Settlement Studies; Historiography - Medieval; Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 325-b Wild, Wild East: Italy's Frontiers in Central Europe between the 8th-9th Centuries
(Language: English)
Francesco Borri, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Military History; Politics and Diplomacy; Social History
Paper 325-c Monastic Border Communities in Southern Italy between Lombards and Carolingians: San Vincenzo al Volturno and Montecassino, 8th-9th Centuries
(Language: English)
Giulia Zornetta, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
Index Terms: Charters and Diplomatics; Historiography - Medieval; Monasticism; Politics and Diplomacy
 
AbstractFrom the 6th century onwards, frontiers became increasingly important in the Italian political landscape as preferential places for cultural encounters, identity negotiation, economic exchanges, and military confrontations. The panel explores their shifting role between Late Antiquity and the Carolingian period according to three case studies. The first deals with the boundaries of the Ostrogothic Kingdom and their ideological function; the second with the aristocracies of north-eastern Italy, their identity and perceived role; the third with the southern edges of Carolingian Italy and the function of monasteries.