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Landscapes of Power

Selected Papers from the XV Oxford University Byzantine Society International Graduate Conference


Maximilian Lau, Caterina Franchi and Morgan Di Rodi

This volume contains selected papers from the XV International Graduate Conference, highlighting the latest scholarship from a new generation of Late Antique and Byzantine scholars from around the world. The theme of the conference explored the interaction between power and the natural and human environments of Byzantium, an interaction that is an essential part of the empire’s legacy. This legacy has come down to us through buildings, literature, history and more, and has proved enduring enough to intrigue and fascinate scholars centuries after the fall of Constantinople. From religion and trade at the end of Antiquity, imperial propaganda and diplomacy at the end of the first millennium, to culture and conquest under the Komnenian and Palaeologan dynasties – this volume demonstrates the length and breadth of the forays being made by young academics into the still often undiscovered country of the Late Antique and Byzantine world.
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All the Contributors would like to take this opportunity to thank their families, friends and collegues for all their support through their studies, but on behalf of the editors we would like to thank a number of people in specific who made both the conference and this volume possible.

The conference was only made possible through the generous support of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity, the Oxford Centre for Medieval History, the Oxford Department for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, the Sub-Faculty of Byzantine and Modern Greek, the Department of History, the British Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies, the Italian e-journal Porphyra, and Keble College, Oxford for our conference dinner. The conference could not have been run without the organising committee: Adrastos Omissi, AnnaLinden Weller, Sergey Fadeev, Elizabeth Buchanan, Nicholas Matheou, Rachel McGoff and Wiktor Ostasz. Supplementing them were a fantastic team of volunteers: Lynton Boshoff, Nicholas Evans, Cecilia Palombo, Foteini Spingou, Kirsty Stewart, Brad Buchanan and Theofili Kampianaki.

Most particularly, we received a lot of support from members of the Late Antique and Byzantine Studies department for both the conference and for helping in the mammoth task of choosing the best papers and editing them, a small acknowledgement here is the least they deserve: Peter Frankopan (who deserves extra thanks for his introduction to this volume), Elizabeth Jeffreys, Michael Jeffreys, Marc Lauxtermann, Mark Whittow, Bryan Ward-Perkins, Ida Toth, Georgi Parpulov and Phillipp Niewoehner. We would also...

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