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Landscapes of Power

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


Edited By 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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DR PETER FRANKOPAN is Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research and has been Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford since 2000. His most recent book, The First Crusade: The Call from the East was shortlisted for the Criticos Prize and the Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone Prize and was described as ‘the most significant contribution to re-thinking the origins and causes of the First Crusade for a generation’.

ADRASTOS OMISSI completed his doctorate, Usurpation and the Construction of Legitimacy in Imperial Panegyric, 289–389, at the University of Oxford in January 2013. His project considers the way that public oratory and ceremonial were used as political weapons during the late third and fourth centuries and is currently under consideration for publication. He teaches for the History Faculty of Oxford and is working on a future project examining the processes and effects of memory sanctions in the late Roman period.

MARIANA BODNARUK is a doctoral candidate studying Late Antiquity at the Medieval Studies Department, Central European University (Budapest). She is currently working on a doctoral project titled ‘Production of Distinction: Aristocratic Self-representation in the Later Roman Empire, 306–395’. She is also a research assistant at the Visual Culture Research Center in Kyiv (Ukraine). Her research interests include the socio-political role and representations of senatorial élites in the Later Roman Empire, late-antique epigraphy, cultural history, cultural and visual studies.

MORGAN DI RODI is reading for a DPhil in History at St...

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