TitleInternal Borders in the Late Antique, Early Medieval, and Byzantine World, I: Imperial Power and Politics in Late Antiquity
Date/TimeThursday 7 July 2022: 09.00-10.30
SponsorSouth West & Wales 'Late Antique, Early Medieval & Byzantine Network' (SWW LAEMB)
OrganiserAlice van den Bosch, Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Exeter
Moderator/ChairRichard Flower, Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Exeter
Paper 1513-a The Borders of Official Religion: Conformity and Officeholding in Theodosian Legislation
(Language: English)
Robin Whelan, Department of History, University of Liverpool
Index Terms: Administration; Ecclesiastical History; Law
Paper 1513-b Between Imperial Centre and the Local Populace: The Provincial Aristocrat of Kekaumenos
(Language: English)
Arie Neuhauser, St Cross College, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Byzantine Studies; Politics and Diplomacy
AbstractThis panel will explore aspects of Imperial power and politics in Late Antiquity that interacted with and transcended with complex theological, administrative, and conceptual borders. The first paper will explore the 'border' established by the Theodosian dynasty which excluded non-Orthodox Christians from holding administrative positions, and the reasoning behind their moves to limit positions of state power to Orthodox Christians. Our second paper will discuss the role of provincial aristocrats in mediating relationships between local communities and Constantinople in the 11th century, exploring internal borders between centre and province. Finally, the panel's third paper will address the late Roman ritual of adoratio, and the changing presentation of the status of the Emperor, which negotiated, constructed and presented the boundaries of imperial power and person.