Publication – « Transformations of Romanness. Early Medieval Regions and Identities », éd. Walter Pohl, Clemens Gantner, Cinzia Grifoni, Marianne Pollheimer-Mohaupt

Roman identity is one of the most interesting cases of social identity because in the course of time, it could mean so many different things: for instance, Greek-speaking subjects of the Byzantine empire, inhabitants of the city of Rome, autonomous civic or regional groups, Latin speakers under ‘barbarian’ rule in the West or, increasingly, representatives of the Church of Rome. Eventually, the Christian dimension of Roman identity gained ground. The shifting concepts of Romanness represent a methodological challenge for studies of ethnicity because, depending on its uses, Roman identity may be regarded as ‘ethnic’ in a broad sense, but under most criteria, it is not. Romanness is indeed a test case how an established and prestigious social identity can acquire many different shades of meaning, which we would class as civic, political, imperial, ethnic, cultural, legal, religious, regional or as status groups. This book offers comprehensive overviews of the meaning of Romanness in most (former) Roman provinces, complemented by a number of comparative and thematic studies. A similarly wide-ranging overview has not been available so far.


Table des matières :

Aspects of Romanness in the early Middle Ages

Walter Pohl, Introduction: Early medieval Romanness – a multiple identity
Guy Halsall, Transformations of Romanness: The northern Gallic case
Yitzhak Hen, Compelling and intense: the Christian transformation of Romanness

The Late Antique and Byzantine Empire

M. Shane Bjornlie, Romans, barbarians and provincials in the Res Gestae of Ammianus Marcellinus
Richard Corradini, A stone in the Capitol: Some aspects of res publica and romanitas in Augustine
Johannes Koder, Remarks on linguistic Romanness in Byzantium
Ioannis Stouraitis, Byzantine Romanness: From geopolitical to ethnic conceptions

The City of Rome

Rosamond McKitterick, ‘Romanness’ and Rome in the early Middle Ages
Paolo Delogu, The post-imperial Romanness of the Romans
Veronica Ortenberg West-Harling, The Roman past in the consciousness of the Roman elites in the ninth and tenth centuries

Italy and the Adriatic

Giorgia Vocino, Looking up to Rome: Romanness through the hagiography from the duchy of Spoleto
Thomas Granier, Rome and Romanness in Latin southern Italian sources, 8th-10th centuries
Annick Peters-Custot, Between Rome and Constantinople: the Romanness of Byzantine southern Italy (9th-11th centuries)
Francesco Borri, Dalmatian Romans and their Adriatic friends: Some further remarks


Ralph W. Mathisen, ‘Roman’ identity in Late Antiquity, with special attention to Gaul
Ian Wood, Roman barbarians in the Burgundian province
Helmut Reimitz, Histories of Romanness in the Merovingian kingdoms
Jamie Kreiner, Romanness in Merovingian hagiography: A case study in class and political culture
Stefan Esders, Roman law as an identity marker in post-Roman Gaul (5th‒9th centuries)
Lukas Bothe, From subordination to integration: Romans in Frankish law

The Iberian Peninsula

Javier Arce, Goths and Romans in Visigothic Hispania
Ann Christys, ‘Made by the ancients’: Romanness in al-Andalus

Northern peripheries: Britain and Noricum

Ingrid Hartl, Walchen, Vlachs and Welsh: A Germanic ethnonym and its many uses
Robin Fleming, Four communities of pot and glass recyclers in early post-Roman Britain
Katharina Winckler, Romanness at the fringes of the Frankish Empire: the strange case of Bavaria

From Roman provinces to Islamic lands

Roland Steinacher, When not in Rome, still do as the Romans do? Africa from 146 BCE to the 7th century
Jack Tannous, Romanness in the Syriac East

Informations pratiques :

Walter Pohl, Clemens Gantner, Cinzia Grifoni, Marianne Pollheimer-Mohaupt (éd.), Transformations of Romanness. Early Medieval Regions and Identities, De Gruyter, 2018 (Millennium Studies, 71). xi, 586 pages. ISBN : 978-3-11-059838-4. Prix : 129,95 euros.

Source : De Gruyter

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