Academy Colloquium

Peter, Popes and Politics. Expressions of power in the Late Antiquity and the early mediaeval world

29 May 2017  -  31 May 2017
Trippenhuis Building, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
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This Academy Colloquium brings together a select international group of researchers to discuss a topic of current interest.

This colloquium is dedicated to the figure of the apostle Peter and the ways in which he and his cult were employed and adopted by popes and secular leaders to affirm their political and religious authority (c. 200-800). It also aims to trace and map the representation, reception and effects of the Petrine traditions throughout the centuries.

Applying the concept of Anchoring Innovation, it delves more deeply into the various ways in which Peter was employed as an influential anchor for religious and secular representations of power, with the figure of the apostle being used, time and again, to legitimise changes in leadership and policies.

Additionally, the Petrine cult and tradition were constantly adapted to suit specific representational needs and to appeal to different groups in society, which allowed popes and political leaders of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages to firmly establish and validate their power base.


With a master class on 1 June 2017.


Prof. O.J. Hekster, Dr D. van Espelo, Dr R. Dijkstra (Radboud University)