Session1307
TitleEpigraphies of Pious Travel: Pilgrims' Inscriptions, Movement, and Devotion between Byzantium and Rus'
Date/TimeWednesday 6 July 2022: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserAndreas Rhoby, Abteilung Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
 
Moderator/ChairAndreas Rhoby, Abteilung Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
 
Paper 1307-a Pilgrims in Peril: Requests for Divine Intervention in the Informal Epigraphy of the Late Antique East
(Language: English)
Rachael Banes, Abteilung Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index Terms: Byzantine Studies; Epigraphy; Religious Life
Paper 1307-b Pilgrims' Inscriptions and How to Find Them: Methodologies and Challenges of Distinguishing Visitors' Graffiti at Bawit, Middle Egypt
(Language: English)
Arkadiy Avdokhin,
Index Terms: Byzantine Studies; Epigraphy; Language and Literature - Greek; Language and Literature - Other
Paper 1307-c Greek Inscriptions from a Pilgrimage Centre in Lazica
(Language: English)
Andrey Vinogradov,
Index Terms: Byzantine Studies; Epigraphy; Language and Literature - Greek; Local History
 
AbstractThe material culture of late antique and medieval pilgrimage has received increasing scholarly attention in recent years. Nevertheless, to date there has been no attempt to systematically document the epigraphy associated with Christian pilgrimage. This session will introduce the newly launched 'Epigraphies of Pious Travel', a joint Austrian and Russian project which seeks to compile pilgrimage inscriptions from Byzantium and medieval Russia (with emphasis on informal graffiti and dipinti). The session will take a comparative approach, examining inscriptions in Greek, Coptic and Nubian to introduce the key research questions of the project: What motivated pilgrims to document their presence? How did pilgrims identify themselves? And how personal was this form of religious worship?