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Conf/Prog - Ruling an Empire in a Changing World Studies on Origin, Impact, and Reception of the Notitia Dignitatum, 20-23 November 2019, Germany

Publish Date: Mar 11, 2019

Event Dates: from Nov 20, 2019 12:00 to Nov 23, 2019 12:00

„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 at the University Freiburg is hosting, from 20-23 November 2019, a conference on the source value of the Notitia Dignitatum. The venue of the conference is Haus zur Lieben Hand, Löwenstraße 16, D-79098 Freiburg i. Br.

This conference is the first such event in 45 years to focus on this document which remains crucial for a thorough understanding of Late Antiquity. Digitisation of all known fragments and manuscripts of the Notitia has enabled scholars to critically examine and compare all extant manuscripts, challenging interpretations that have been built upon use of fewer manuscripts. Moreover, due to its many illustrations, the Notitia Dignitatum is a unique document necessitating interdisciplinary collaboration between various study fields of antiquity. Speakers from 13 different countries will present their research in the disciplines of Ancient History, Epigraphy, Papyrology, Archaeology of the Roman Provinces, Archaeology of Late Antiquity, Art History, and Medieval History – achieving a truly interdisciplinary perspective!

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: 

Conference organisers

Marko Jelusic, Universität Freiburg

Anna Kaiser, Universität Wien

Silvio Roggo, University of Cambridge



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

Public evening lecture

18.15 h    Opening and Welcome


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


12.45 h possible Lunch time



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