Workshop: "Rome, Byzantium, and the Visigothic Kingdom of Toledo: Imitation, Reinvention, or Strategic Adoption?"

May 3, 2019, 1:30 pm1:30 pm
Scheide Caldwell House, Room 209


Event Description



1:30: Welcome and Workshop Introduction

2:00-3:15: Material Culture and Identity

Merle Eisenberg (Princeton University): Copy and Paste? Imitative and Pseudo-Roman Coinage in the Visigothic Kingdom

Cecily Hilsdale (McGill University): The Roman Jewel in the Visigothic Crown: Reassessing the ‘Byzantineness’ of the Guarrazar Treasure

3:15-3:45: Coffee Break

3:45-5:00: Local and Courtly Politics

Ian Wood (University of Leeds): The Development of the Visigothic Court in the Hagiography of the Fifth and Sixth Centuries

Graham Barrett (University of Lincoln, UK): Mérida and Toledo Revisited


9:30-10:45: Capitals

Damián Fernández (Northern Illinois University): Kingly City, the King’s Seat, or the Kingdom’s Seat: Capitalhood in the Visigothic Kingdom

Ann Christys (Independent Scholar): Toledo and Cordoba after 711

10:45-11:15: Coffee Break

11:15-12:30: Legal and Economic Connections

Jamie Wood (University of Lincoln, UK): Beyond Presence and Influence: The Byzantine Empire and Post-Roman Spain

Margarita Vallejo Girvés (Universidad de Alcalá): Asylum, Fugitives and Exiles in Roman and Visigothic legislation

12:30-1:30: Lunch Break

1:30-2:45: Religious Exchanges

Molly Lester (US Naval Academy), The Journey from the East: Roman Liturgical Tradition in Visigothic Iberia

David Addison (All Souls College, Oxford), The Martyr, the State, and Christian Government: Re-imagining Roman Persecution in the Visigothic Passions

2:45-3:15: Coffee Break

3:15-4:30: The Construction of Roman and Visigothic identities

Santiago Castellanos (Universidad de León): Romanis parentibus progenitus. The new identities of local memories in Visigothic Iberia: the case of Emerita.

Erica Buchberger (University of Texas, Rio Grande): Visigothic Ethnicity and Imitatio Imperii: A Question of Agency

4:30-5:00: Concluding Discussion

  • Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity
  • Center for Collaborative History
  • Program in the Ancient World
  • Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies