TitleLanguages as Barriers, Languages as Bridges: Intra- and Inter-Lingual Negotiations across Boundaries in the Late Antique and Medieval Mediterranean, III - The City and Its Hinterland
Date/TimeThursday 7 July 2022: 14.15-15.45
SponsorNational Science Centre, Poland / Uniwersytet Warszawski / Jacksonville State University, Alabama / University of Sheffield
OrganiserMirela Ivanova, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Paweł Nowakowski, Wydział Historii, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Moderator/ChairMirela Ivanova, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Paper 1720-a The Greek-Syriac Linguistic Divide as a Literary Construct: Bridging Barriers and Teaching Piety
(Language: English)
Yuliya Minets, Department of History & Foreign Languages, Jacksonville State University, Alabama
Index Terms: Byzantine Studies; Language and Literature - Greek; Literacy and Orality; Religious Life
Paper 1720-b Syriac, a Monkish Thing?: Revisiting a Passage from John Chrysostom
(Language: English)
Paweł Nowakowski, Wydział Historii, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Index Terms: Byzantine Studies; Epigraphy; Language and Literature - Greek; Monasticism
Paper 1720-c Languages in Contact at Hatra: A Textual and Archaeological Perspective
(Language: English)
Ilaria Bucci, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London
Index Terms: Archaeology - Sites; Epigraphy; Language and Literature - Other; Literacy and Orality
AbstractThis session explores the linguistic divisions between inhabitants of large settlements of urban character (cities, towns, etc), and the population of rural areas in their immediate surroundings. Yuliya Minets focuses on the ways in which the Greek-Syriac linguistic divide was depicted in early Christian literature, in particular on the rhetorical 'usage' of speakers of Syriac as a pedagogical tool to herd the Greek-speaking urban and apparently corrupt audience to piety. Paweł Nowakowski revisits a sermon by John Chrysostom drawing a sharp linguistic division between the people of Antioch and their fellow villagers or ascetics from the wastelands. Ilaria Bucci discusses the linguistic situation at Hatra, to explore how what we know about linguistic diversity (Hatran and Palmyrene Aramaic, Greek, Latin) in the city can help us detect the presence of particular groups and better understand the contexts where language contact occurred.