TitleBorders, Place-Names, and Inscriptions
Date/TimeThursday 7 July 2022: 11.15-12.45
OrganiserIMC Programming Committee
Moderator/ChairAlaric Hall, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of English, University of Leeds
Paper 1634-a Dykes, Ditches, and Drains: Borders and Place-Names on the Isle of Axholme
(Language: English)
Kathryn Faye Bullen, School of English, University of Nottingham
Index Terms: Geography and Settlement Studies; Language and Literature - Old English; Language and Literature - Scandinavian; Local History
Paper 1634-b Inscriptions on the Borders of Medieval Byzantine Cappadocia
(Language: English)
Elena Ene Draghici-Vasilescu, Independent Scholar, Oxford
Index Terms: Byzantine Studies; Historiography - Medieval; Teaching the Middle Ages
AbstractPaper -a:
The Isle of Axholme is defined by the surrounding network of interconnected rivers and waterways which form its external borders. Considering the landscape as a dynamic entity, this paper will consider the naming of both natural and man-made physical borders within this formerly marshy environment. I will ask what the effect of controlled human activity has been on the naming of borders internally and externally, discussing the impact of language, history, and landscape. It will be demonstrated that perception of the landscape at the time of place-name formation is key to understanding the borders on Axholme, their place-names, and name-givers.

Paper -b:
Some more inscriptions from Cappadocia have come to light even after the comprehensive volume by Richard P. Harper Tituli Comanorum Cappadociae Iterum Suppleti was re-issued in 2013. Such epigraphic testimonials were mentioned in one of my articles published in 2019. This type of historical evidence (inscriptions) is organized within the specialist literature according to various criteria, but not corresponding to how it was distributed along the borders of this province. After researching the above-mentioned book as well as the Corpus Inscriptionum Graecarum, the Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, and the edited volume by Andreas Rhoby Inscriptions in Byzantium and Beyond (2015), it became apparent that a part of the Cappadocian inscriptions could be mapped along the Byzantine frontiers of the region. This is what the present paper intends to do. That the borders of the region partly changed from time to time during the era of Byzantine rule will be taken into consideration. In any case, despite the fact that these moved to a certain extent, the most important cities close to or along them, where the inscriptions were numerous, remained the same. This fact makes a scholarly enterprise as this possible.