Moving through time: processions from the classical past to Byzantium

Moving through time: processions from the classical past to Byzantium
6 June 2018, 9.30am - 5.00pm
Room 349, Third Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Processions have been fundamental to many cultures as a form of communal activity, both secular and religious. While they are of great importance, they are hard to capture – the sources for different periods offer different kinds of evidence, whether written, visual or material. The aim of the colloquium is to examine the kinds of evidence available to us from the Greco-Roman and Byzantine worlds – from the depiction of a 5th century BCE procession in the Parthenon marbles to the Typikon of the Great Church from 10th century Constantinople. During the course of the colloquium, invited speakers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds will draw selectively upon a variety of textual, visual and material evidence in order to introduce a series of case studies which will enhance our understanding of the history of processions and their social and cultural significance in their respective historical context.

Attendance is free, but registration is essential

Provisional programme

Opening remarks 9:15


Classical processions, 9:30-11:00

Chair Hannah Cornwell

Ellie Mackin Roberts, University of Leicester [title tbc]


Hugh Bowden, King’s College London, When is a Procession not a Procession? The Megalesia and Related Festivities

Constanze Graml, University of Munich, Getting in the way of processions - Religious coping strategies for hindered ritual movement in ancient Athens

 Coffee break  11:00-11:30

Roman processions 11:30-12:30



 Chair [tbc]


Katherine Crawford, University of Southampton, Visualizing the Invisible: Rethinking Urban Processional Movement at Ostia Antica

Hannah Cornwell, University of Birmingham/ICS “As if in triumph”: Processions as Negotiation between Parthia and Rome


Lunch break 12:30-13:30

Late antique and Byzantine processions 13:30-16:30



Chair: Tassos Papacostas


Rebecca Falcasantos, Florida State University, Ritual Confusion and Violence in the Processions of Late Antique Constantinople

Florian Woller, Centre for Advanced Studies LMU Munich Moving through good old times? Processions in Libanius’ Antioch

Ioannis Papadogiannakis, King’s College London, [title tbc]

 Coffee break 15:00-15:30

Vicky Manolopoulou, King’s College London Exploring the spatialities of litanic troparia in tenth-century Constantinople

Daniel Reynolds, University of Birmingham “Dead men’s bones”: Muslim responses to Christian festivals in early Islamic Palestine

Final remarks- open discussion 16:30-17:00,

Chair: Tony Eastmond




Valerie James
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