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Marginalisation from Rome to Byzantium - 27/06/2018, Roma (Italy)



The ancient and medieval worlds contained a well-known catalogue of groups, professions, and individuals who were time and again relegated to the margins. While many of these have been the subject of extensive discussion, far less attention has been paid to the methods by which marginal identities were created, expressed, and rewritten over time. Through the organisation of this conference, we aim to bring together a body of experts to investigate the evolution of marginalisation practices across the Roman and Byzantine Empires over an extended chronological timeframe, covering broadly speaking the first millennium AD and encompassing watersheds such as the rise of Christianity, the ‘fall’ of Rome (476), and Justinian’s sixth-century legislation, all of which led to significant shifts in common assumptions about where social, political, and religious margins were located.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 27/06/2018


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: British School at Rome (Roma, Italy)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Maroula Perisanidi (Leeds); Jack Lennon (Leicester)

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Panel 1:  09.30-11.00 

Costas Panayotakis – University of Glasgow

 Marginalising the Actor in the Roman World


Jack Lennon – University of Leicester

Hierarchies of Impurity in Roman Society


Coffee break


Panel 2: 11.30-13.00

Victoria Pagán – University of Florida

Conspiracy Theory and the Fire of 64 C.E.


Simon Corcoran – Newcastle University

Making Outsiders within the Law in Justinian’s Empire 


Lunch break


Panel 3: 14.00-15.30

Brian Swain – Kennesaw State University

Massacre at the Margins: Gothic Ethnicity and the Gothic Pogroms of the 4th and 5th Centuries


Anthony Kaldellis – Ohio State University

Ethnic Minorities in Eleventh-Century Byzantium


Coffee break 


Panel 4: 16.00-17.30 

Fabio Nolfo – University Of Macerata

Myth and the Marginalisation of Women in Late Antique Poetry and Society


Maroula Perisanidi – University of Leeds

Equines and the Margins of Power: Some Examples from the Middle Byzantine Period


Coffee Break 


Keynote: 18.00-19.00


Peter Sarris (University of Cambridge)

Defining the Orthodoxos Politeia: Justinian’s “Novels” and the Assertion of Imperial Authority at the End of Antiquity


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