Corippus’ Triumphal Ethnography: another look at Iohannis II.28–161
journal contributionposted on 2020-04-16, 11:55 authored by Andy Merrills
The so-called ‘catalogue of tribes’ in Corippus, Iohannis, II.28–161 is central to the historical ethnography of Moorish North Africa in Late Antiquity, yet the sources behind this passage and its poetic function have never been directly addressed. The present paper argues that Corippus derived this material from the trophies carried in the triumphal procession that marked the successful conclusion of John Troglita's campaigns in 548. The evocation of this ceremony at the outset of Corippus’ narrative corresponds to the ironic tone which permeates the work, but also explains the eccentric form of the material included within the catalogue. The paper concludes with some observations about the implications of this for modern understanding of Moorish ‘tribal’ society in the later Roman and early Byzantine period.
CitationLibyan Studies, Volume 50 (2019), pp 153–163
Author affiliationSchool of Archaeology and Ancient History
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