öffentlicher Vortrag, WissenschaftsCampus Mainz 

Byzantinisches Handelsgewicht, 5.-7. Jh. n. Chr. (RGZM, Inv.-Nr. 0.29665, Foto RGZM).


29.05.2019, 18:15

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität
Philosophicum
Jakob-Welder-Weg 18
55128 Mainz

Der Vortrag findet im Hörsaal P6 statt.


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Reconstructing a 7th c. migration by way of manuscriptology. The case of the transmission of "On weights and measures" by Epiphanius of Cyprus (with a note on Epiphanius' witness on the use of weapons as coins)

Ein Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Filippo Ronconi (Paris).

The first part of the presentation will outline the historical context of the human migration that took place from Near-East to southern and central Italy in the 7th c. CE. Palaeographical, codicological and philological evidences will prove the importance of manuscriptology in the detection of such anthropic phenomena.
The second part will focus on the textual tradition of the work known as 'On weights and measures' attributed to Epiphanios, the Syriac-born Christian author made bishop of Cyprus between the 4th and 5th c. After demonstrating the contribution of the 7th c. migration to the survival of this text via its spread in many areas and its translation in several languages, we will focus on a paragraph of the work in which Epiphanios states the relationship between the ancient coin named obolos and the well-known ancient spear called belos. We will show how, in Epiphanios' view, the archaic use of weapons as coins is a confirmation of the fact that violence dominated the pagan world, this ancient practice thus being perceived as a symbol of primitivism, in its opposition to Christianity and more specifically to the new Christian order embodied by the Pax Romano-byzantina.

Ein Vortrag im Rahmen des Graduiertenkollegs 2304 Byzanz und die euromediterranen Kriegskulturen.