University of Cambridge: ‘Securing Power in the Sixth-Century Roman Empire’

Workshop programme ‘Securing Power in the Sixth-Century Roman Empire’, University of Cambridge (online), 7-8 December

Organisers: Silvio Roggo and Matt Hassall (University of Cambridge)



10:00 Opening Remarks (Matt Hassall & Silvio Roggo, Cambridge)


Conceptions of Imperial Power

10:20 Securing Legitimate Power: Roman Jurisprudence, God’s Justice, and the Res Publica

(William Bunce, Oxford)

11:10 The Multiple Bases of Imperial Power in the Justinianic Dialogue On Political Science

(René de Nicolay, Zürich)

12:00 Lunch


Literature at the Imperial Court

13:00 A Slayer of Tyrants: Celebrating Victory at the Court of Justin II

(Sihong Lin, Sheffield)

13:50 Navigating a Culture Clash at the Court of Justinian I

(Matt Hassall, Cambridge)

14:40 Break


Beyond Constantinople

15:00 Accession Oaths and the Dynamics of Power: The Parallel Cases of Anastasius and Athalaric

(Michael Wuk, Lincoln)

15:50 Gregory of Tours and Imperial Power

(Catherine-Rose Hailstone, York)

16:40 Imperial Power Negotiation in the Acts of Titus

(Michael Scott Robertson, Twickenham)

17:30 Close of Play




Church Politics

11:00 The Miaphysite Persecution of the 570s and the Patriarchs of Constantinople

(Silvio Roggo, Cambridge)

11:50 Roman Emperors and Christian Doctrine: Some Remarks Based on the Monothelete Controversy

(Nadine Viermann, Durham)

12:40 Lunch


Civil and Sacred Administration

13:40 Holy Civil Servants: Monks and Monasteries as Key Elements of the Roman Fiscal Infrastructure in Sixth-

Century Egypt

(Thomas Laver, Cambridge

14:30 Scribing Late Antique Orthodoxy: The Cleric-Notary and his Functions in Fifth- and Sixth-Century Conciliar


(Norman Underwood, New York)

15:20 Break


The Politics of Sacred Space

15:40 For Power and Prestige: The Political Dimensions of Anikia Juliana’s Ecclesiastical Matronage in Sixth-

Century Constantinople

(Maureen McGuire, California, Santa Cruz)

16:30 Paul the Silentiary’s Description of the Hagia Sophia: Ekphrasis and Encomium as Means of Political

Authority in Late Antiquity

(Manolis Spanakis, Crete)

17:20 Closing Remarks

(Matt Hassall & Silvio Roggo, Cambridge)

17:40 Close of Play


Registration is FREE via Eventbrite.

Questions can be directed to Matt Hassall ([email protected]) and Silvio Roggo ([email protected])