Research stay at UC3M: DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITIES: GEOGRAPHY, CONTEMPORARY HISTORY AND ART
Project: Between emperors and bishops. The anatomy of power in Late Antiquity (III –VI c.)
The present research project aims to invigorate the scientific discussion about the shift from Roman paganism to a Christian Empire in an era of change between the ancient and medieval world that left its mark on the historical developent of Europe.
This research project centers on the growing influence and the progressive assumption of the spheres of power by the Christian clerics and the interferences with the political powers within the Roman Empire. The complex relation between religion and politics in the Late Empire can shed light on later actors and historical processes which, since the Middle Ages, have shaped Western Civilisation in an irreversible and indelible way.
These aspects reflect only some of the most relevant issues that could be considered. They serve here to illustrate the method adopted in the research project, which will combine historical analys with sociology of religion, theology with history of law. Throug an precise and minue reconstruction of social reality, theology and politics which influenced emperos and bishops alike, we can obtain new insights into the working mechanisms of the politics of the age.
We can confidently state that, if our hypothesis can be confirmed, on the one hand a strong fabric continued imperial traditions while, on the other hand the strong innovative power of an epoch left its imprint of the dichotomy between church and state, shaped during these centuries as in no other time since.
Stay Period: SEP 12 - MAR 13