Heineken-lezing door prof. dr. Rosamond McKitterick: Romeinse geschiedenis en Romeinse geschiedschrijving in de vroege Middeleeuwen

Datum:
22 september 2010 van 15:00 tot 16:30 uur
Locatie:
Academiegebouw Universiteit UtrechtDomplein 29, Utrecht
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Prof. McKitterick zal spreken over de overdracht van Romeinse keizerlijke geschiedschrijving via vroege Middeleeuwse verhalen naar het pausdom: de paus als culturele makelaar.

Dr. Remco Breuker, winnaar van de eerste Heineken Young Scientists Award voor Geschiedenis geeft vanuit zijn expertise een korte reactie. <br><br>Voertaal: Engels

In this lecture, Rosamond McKitterick will consider the historical context for the initial composition of the Liber pontificalis or Book of the popes, first compiled in the sixth century. The original conception and structure of the Liber pontificalis provide important clues concerning the historiographical context of the Liber pontificalis in the Early Middle Ages.

Professor McKitterick will discuss the available precedents for historical writing in the sixth century -especially writing about the history of Rome - on which the Liber pontificalis's author(s) may have been able to draw. These enhance and augment our understanding of the Liber pontificalis's ideological purposes and the degree to which the Liber pontificalis not only altered perceptions of Rome in the Early Middle Ages but played a crucial role in the formation of papal identity.

The particular perception of the Christian past in the Liber pontificalis reflects a determined effort to change its audience's understanding of Roman history. As Christian, and christianized, Roman history it not only precipitated many new associations and emulators, but itself played a major role in reorienting perceptions of the popes, Rome, and the Roman past.