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Memory Sanctions and 'damnatio memoriae', c. 200 AD - c. 800 AD

September 5, 2017 - September 6, 2017
Trinity College, Cambridge

Old Combination Room
Trinity Street,
Cambridge CB2 1TQ
United Kingdom

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This two-day conference  will explore the changing concept of memory sanctions in late antiquity and the early middle ages. The process of memory sanction in the Roman world has been widely studied as damnatio memoriae (literally ‘damnation of memory’), almost exclusively understood as a process of destroying and defacing images and of removing names from honorific inscriptions. By contrast, in the early middle ages the issue of memory sanctions and the destruction of images has been mainly studied through the history of Byzantine Iconoclasm, but there is no systematic study of memory sanctions in the post-Roman world, either in the east and in the west. This conference therefore aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars with different regional, chronological, and cultural focusses to bridge the gap between Roman and medieval practices of memory sanction. This will be achieved by charting out instances of conscious and intentional attempts, however conceived, to suppress memory between c. 200 AD – 800 AD.

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September 5, 2017, 9:00am BST

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