Colloque – Ruling an Empire in a Changing World. Studies on Origin, Impact, and Reception of the Notitia Dignitatum

The Department of Archaeology of the Roman Provinces of the University Freiburg will hold, from 20-23 November 2019, a conference on the Notitia Dignitatum, an administrative manual dating to the end of the 4th/beginning of the 5th century AD. The venue of the conference is Haus zur Lieben Hand, Löwenstraße 16, D-79098 Freiburg i. Br.

For the first time in 45 years, a conference will be devoted to this document, which remains crucial for a thorough understanding of Late Antiquity. Due to the different locations where the manuscripts are kept, researchers used to work, until only a few years ago, with those manuscripts or older editions of the Notitia Dignitatum that were most easily accessible to them. Now, however, the digitalisation of all known fragments and manuscripts has greatly eased access to the document, a development which is a precondition for source critical studies. Moreover, the Notitia Dignitatum is, due to its many illustrations, a unique document necessitating interdisciplinary collaboration between various fields of study. In order to achieve such an interdisciplinary approach, speakers from the disciplines of Ancient History, Epigraphy, Papyrology, Archaeology of the Roman Provinces, Archaeology of Late Antiquity, Art History, and Medieval History, representing 13 different countries, will present their research.

Conference registration

The conference is open for everyone interested, no registration fees are demanded. Due to space restrictions, we would like to ask you, however, to registrate until 1th November by sending an email to: notitiadignitatum2019@gmx.de

Conference organisers :
Marko Jelusic, Universität Freiburg – Anna Kaiser, Universität Wien
Silvio Roggo, University of Cambridge

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Programme :

Wednesday, 20th November 2019

Public evening lecture

18.15 h Peter Brennan, University of Sydney – The Notitia Dignitatum. The hidden history and riddles of a late Roman register of dignities and administrations

Thursday, 21st November 2019

I. Document and transmission history

09.15 h Charles Mériaux, Université de Lille – The Notitia Dignitatum and the use of late Roman administrative documents in the Early Medieval West
09.45 h Dominic Moreau, Université de Lille – Again on the composition, the dissemination and the dating of the Notitia Dignitatum
10.15 h Kirsten Wallenwein, Universität Heidelberg – Spätantike Schriftlichkeit und neuzeitliche Verschiebung. Zum Verhältnis zwischen überliefertem Text und historischen Kürzungssystem in der Notitia Dignitatum
10.45 h Coffee break (30 min)

11.15 h Joris Corin Heyder, Universität Bielefeld – Gleichzeitigkeit des Ungleichzeitigen. Zum Status der Kopien der Notitia Dignitatum im 15. Und 16. Jahrhundert
11.45 h Silke Diederich, Universität Köln – Tradition der römischen Kartographie anhand der Notitia und der Tabula Peutingeriana
12.15 h Lunch time (2 h)

II. Illustrations

14.15 h Stephan Johnson, London – The illustrations in the Notitia Dignitatum
14.45 h Javier Arce, Université de Lille – Civitates et castella in the Notitia Dignitatum
15.15 h Coffee break (30 min)

15.45 Jacek Wiewiorowski, University of Gdańsk – The effigies of fauna as the topographical allusions in the insignia oft he Notitia Dignitatum pars Orientis
16.15 Barbara Niemeyer, Staatliche Museen Berlin – Largitiones. Darstellungen in der Notitia Dignitatum und die Originale der Spätantike
16.45 Coffee break (15 min)

Keynote I

17.00 h Jeroen Wijnendaele, Ghent University – „An anti-user´s guide to the Notitia Dignitatum“ (or how not to study the fifth century western Roman army)

Friday, 22ed November 2019

III. Notitia as a source in military history

9.15 h Hannsjörg Ubl, Universität Wien – Zu welchem Zweck sind die Truppenlisten der Notitia Dignitatum schon lange vor ihrer Aufnahme in den illustrierten Prachtband des Codex Spirensis angelegt worden?
9.45 h Conor Whately, University of Winnipeg – Ammianus Marcellinus, Vegetius, and the Notitia Dignitatum
10.15 h Craig Caldwell, Appalachian State University – The Shadow of Civil War in the Notitia Dignitatum
10.45 h Coffee break (30 min)

11.15 h Michael Alexander Speidel, Universität Bern – Truppenverschiebungen und Stationierungsorte im Ostheer anhand der Notitia Dignitatum
11.45 h Karl Oberhofer, Universität Köln / Andreas Picker (BDA Abt. Archäologie) – Brecantia incognita. Zur archäologischen Fassbarkeit des spätantiken Bregenz im Lichte aktueller Forschungen
12.15 h Lunch time (2 h)

IV. Border defense and organisation

14.15 h Christian Witschel, Universität Heidelberg – Grenzverteidigung in den Nordwestprovinzen anhand der Listen in der Notitia
14.45 Paul Kucera, University of Central Florida – The Roman military presence in Egypt´s Western Desert in light oft he Notitia Dignitatum
15.15 : Coffee break (30 min)

15.45 Vujadin Ivanišević / Ivan Bugarski (both Institute of Archaeology Belgrad) – Notitia Dignitatum and the Limes of Moesia Prima. Strategic Relevance and Landscape
16.15 Alan Rushworth, Newcastle University – The North African Military Commands in the Notitia (ND Occ. XXV-XXVI, XXX-XXXI)
16.45 Coffee break (15 min)

Keynote II

17.00 h Bernhard Palme, Universität Wien – Civil Asministration and Military Organisation in Egypt. The Notitia Dignitatum and the Papyrological Evidence

Saturday, 23rd November 2019

V. Administration and structure

09.15 h Daniëlle Slootjes, Radboud University Nijmegen – Hierarchy and administrative geography in the Notitia Dignitatum
09.45 Michael Zerjadtke, Universität Hamburg – Der dux im 4. und 5. Jahrhundert und in der Notitia Digniatum
10.15 Rob Collins, Newcastle University – Archaeology and the Command oft he dux Britanniarum (ND Occ. XL)
10.45 Coffee break (15 min)

11.15 Maxime Emion, Université La Havre Normandie – Sub dispositione. Á propos d´une formule dans la Notitia Dignitatum
11.45 h Paweł Filipczak, University of Łódź – The „map“ of Dux Syriae et Euphratensis. Imaginations and reality in the Notitia Dignitatum

Summary and Concluding discussion
12.15 h Conference organisers

Summary

12.45 h possible Lunch time

Departure

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