Friday, August 6, 2010

410 - The Sack of Rome. The event, its context and its impact, Rome, November 4-6, 2010

Le sac de Rome par les barbares en 410.
Joseph Noël Sylvestre. Musée Paul
Valéry, Sète.

The Visigothic sack of Rome in 410 A.D. has traditionally played a crucial role in narratives of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. From Augustine and Orosius to the modern age the sack has left an indelible mark in Western intellectual history, as a symbol of the decline of the Eternal City. However, scholars have recently revised the importance and magnitude of the sack, playing down its impact on the city of Rome and in late imperial history in general. At the same time, late antique history and archaeology have experienced important developments, and our knowledge of the city of Rome in the 5th century has been greatly expanded. 

The aim of this conference, generously sponsored by the Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation, the University of Munich and the German Archaeological Institute, is to cast a new look on the events and historical processes surrounding the sack, from an interdisciplinary perspective. The conference will seek to provide an up-to-date evaluation of the evidence available for destruction in the city, as well as to assess the agents involved in this event. 2010 will mark the 1600th anniversary of the sack of Rome, and this is an ideal occasion to bring together  scholars of different nationalities and specialities with the aim of assessing and discussing not only the sack and the destruction that is generated (or not), but also its impact in the history of Rome. 

This conference is one of two events dedicated to the theme of Alaric's sack of Rome in 410. From 7 to 9 October, the Swiss Institute at Rome has organised the conference 'The Fall of Rome in 410 and the Resurrections of the Eternal City', in which the questions of representation and depiction of the event and its reception will be considered primarily from a historical and literary-philological perspective. The joint opening of both conferences takesp place on the evening of 7 October in the presence of notable prominent invited guests at the British School at Rome. 

Organizers: Philipp von Rummel (German Archaeological Institute Rome), Carlos Machado (Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo), Johannes Lipps (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München). 


Thursday, 4 November 2010, Museo Nazionale Palazzo Massimo (Roma) 

09:00 Welcome address
Rita Paris (Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Massimo)
Henner von Hesberg (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Rom)

09:15 Introduction
Philipp von Rummel (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Rom), Die Eroberung 410 als archäologisches Problem
Christoph Riedweg (Istituto Svizzero di Roma), Die Tagung "Der Fall Roms 410 und die Wiederauferstehung der ewigen Stadt" am Istituto Svizzero

I. Context

10:00 Roman Contexts 
Arnaldo Marcone (Università degli Studi di Roma 3), Roma caput mundi. Il significato simbolico della città inconquistata
Carlos Machado (Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo), The Roman Aristocracy before and after the sack 
Mark Humphries (Swansea University), Alarich and Honorius: the sieges of Rome and the challenge to imperial authority in the West 

11:20 Coffee break 

11:50 A Gothic threat ? 
Guy Halsall (University of York), The Goths as a society 
Michael Kulikowski (Penn State University), The failure of Roman arms
Claire Sotinel (Université Paris Est), The Walls of Rome 

II. Event 

14:50 The sack and its sources 
Ralph Mathisen (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), The conquest of Rome: the event 
Mischa Meier (Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen), Alarich - Die Tragödien Roms und des Eroberers 
Andrea Augenti (Università di Bologna), L'archeologia degli insediamenti, stacco fra le fonti 

16:10 Coffee break 

16:40 The Monumental centre and beyond 
Johannes Lipps (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), The Forum Romanum 
Roberto Meneghini, Antonella Corsaro (Sovraintendenza comunale di Roma), Alessandro Delfino (Università di Roma "La Sapienza"), Ilaria De Luca (Roma), Nuovi dati archeologici per la storia del Foro di Cesare tra la fine del IV e il V secolo
Fedora Filippi (Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma), Nuovi dati da Campo Marzio e da Trastevere 

Friday, 5 November 2010, Museo Nazionale Palazzo Massimo (Roma) 

09:00 The Quarters 
Carlo Pavolini (Università degli Studi della Tuscia), Le conseguenze della crise urbana sulla sommità del Celio
Alessandra Capodiferro (Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma), Aventino 
Simon Malmberg (Svenska Institutet i Rom), The Esquiline 

10:20 Coffee Break 

10:50 Churches and religious buildings
Franz Alto Bauer (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Rom im 5. Jahrhundert: Öffentliche und kirchliche Bauten 
Giorgio Filippi (Musei Vaticani), Il contributo delle iscrizioni con date consolari della Basilica di San Paulo fuori le Mura 
Paolo Liverani (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Le statue distrutte dai Goti nella basilica lateranense 

13:50 Archaeology and the structures of daily life (I)
François Baratte (Université Paris IV-Sorbonne), Le trésor de l'Esquilin : un témoin du sac de 410 ?
Roberto Meneghini (Soprintendenza communale di Roma), Le vicende del 408-410 e la comparsa delle sepolture urbane a Roma
Riccardo Santangeli Valenzani (Università degli Studi di Roma 3), Dall'evento al dato archeologico: il sacco del 410 attraverso la documentazione archeologica 

15:10 Coffee break 

15:40 Archaeology and the structures of daily life (II)
Stefania Fogagnolo (Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma), Una domus non finita di San Pasquale di Baylon 
Clementina Panella (Università di Roma "La Sapienza"), Il sacco alariciano dal punto di vista della cultura materiale
Alessia Rovelli (Università degli Studi della Tuscia), 410, il sacco di Roma e la testimonianza delle monete

III. Impact 

17:00 Aftershocks 
Michelle R. Salzmann (University of California Riverside), Memory and meaning: Roman elites, Christian sermons and 410 
Christine Delaplace (Université de Toulouse II), La stratégie des Goths après 410 et leur installation par l'Empire en Aquitaine (416-418), état de la question 
Neil McLynn (University of Oxford), The Battle for Rome: Jerome, Orosius, and their Goths

Saturday, 6 November 2010, Museo Nazionale Palazzo Massimo (Roma) 

09:00 Rome and Italy after the sack 
Elio Lo Cascio (Università di Roma "La Sapienza"), La popolazione di Roma prima e dopo il 410 
Silvia Orlandi (Università di Roma "La Sapienza"), 410 and the epigraphic habit
Bryan Ward-Perkins (University of Oxford), 410 and the fate of civic life in Italy: the statue habit
Axel Gering (Humboldt-Universität Berlin), Ostia and Portus 

10:40 Coffee break 

11:10 The sack of Rome revisited 
Peter Heather (King's College London), 410 and the End of Civilization 
Walter Pohl (Universität Wien), 410 and the Transformation of the Roman World

12:10 Final discussion 

Guests most welcome. Please register in advance:
Modifications of this programme are possible. The website will be updated regularly.