Power and Legitimacy in Rome and Byzantium: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

Power and Legitimacy in Rome and Byzantium: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

Sat 3 Aug 2019 8:00am6:00pm


Forgan Smith West, UQ St Lucia

The fields of Roman and Byzantine Empires are typically treated as distinct entities by modern scholars. This is in spite of the fact that Byzantines considered themselves Romans and part of an unbroken chain of history dating back to the first kings of Rome. Moreover, leaders of both empires employed similar tactics to secure legitimacy in the eyes of their subjects. Whether gaining the support of the military, employing popular religion, using numismatic iconography and statuary, or employing rhetoric and panegyric, the tools used by Roman and Byzantine leaders to acquire and maintain authority changed very little in form over time.

This workshop seeks to bring together established scholars and students of any field examining the topics of Roman and Byzantine legitimacy, broadly conceived, to share ideas and promote cooperation.

Scholars and postgraduate students interested in participating may submit an abstract of 250 words or less to Dr. Ryan Strickler by 19 July 2019. Postgraduates are invited to participate in a special session with the keynote speakers, even if they do not give a paper. Postgraduates travelling from outside Queensland to participate are invited to apply for a competitive travel stipend by submitting a CV with their abstract.

Cost: $40 waged, $20 Unwaged, Free for students. Includes registration, morning and afternoon teas.

To register please contact Dr. Ryan Strickler by 28 July 2019 at r.strickler@uq.edu.au

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Gwynaeth McIntyre (University of Otago), “All in the Family: Legitimisation and the coins of Caligula”
  • Prof. David Olster (University of Kentucky), “The Something or Other that Occurred in the Trullan Hall in 691-692: The Legitimacy of the So-Called ‘Quintisext Council’”
  • Prof. Bronwen Neil (Macquarie University), “Byzantine Leadership in an Age of Crisis (500-750 CE): Managing the Impending Apocalypse”

This event is co-sponsored by the Australasian Association for Byzantine Studies, The Queensland Friends of the Australian Archaeological Institute in Athens, the UQ Friends of Antiquity, and the Australasian Society for Classical Studies.