Session1025
TitleImperial Perceptions of Frontier People: Identity Formation on the Eastern and Western Borders of the Roman World
Date/TimeWednesday 6 July 2022: 09.00-10.30
 
SponsorEU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Individual Fellowship
 
OrganiserLusine Margaryan, School of History, University College Cork
 
Moderator/ChairJesse Harrington, School of History, University College Cork
 
Paper 1025-a From Barbarians to Heretics: Late Antique Perceptions of the Western Periphery
(Language: English)
Damian Bracken, School of History, University College Cork
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Historiography - Medieval
Paper 1025-b Missionary Activity of Frontier Apostles Ulfila and Mesrop Mashtots: Translation of Holy Texts into National Languages
(Language: English)
Lusine Margaryan, School of History, University College Cork
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Historiography - Medieval; Theology
Paper 1025-c The Rimland as an Environment for the Origin and Formation of Religious and Confessional Movements on the Example of the Euphrates Zone
(Language: English)
Ervand Margaryan, Department of World History & Foreign Regional Studies, Russian-Armenian University, Yerevan
Index Terms: Byzantine Studies; Historiography - Medieval; Military History; Theology
 
AbstractThe incorporation of barbarians within the Christian oecumene was controversial for the Church that was firmly tied to Roman culture. The session will explore the influence of imperial Roman taxonomies of barbarians on Christian attitudes to the 'barbarians' of the geographic fringes, in particular the British. On the other hand, the attempt of 'barbarians' to be integrated into the Christian civilized world and preserve national identity at the same time, also missions of frontier apostles St. Ulfila and St. Mesrop Mashtots in that context will be examined. Likewise, imperial margins became the place where anti-imperial movements, such as Paulicanism, were born. The ideology of the spiritual and social movement, as well as the environment which gave birth to it, will be discussed in the session.