OCLA: Seminars & Events

Pusey glass
Hercules and the Ceryneian hind, 4th-century
gold-glass from Rome.(Ashmolean Museum)

Listed here are forthcoming academic events within the field of Late Antiquity (individual lectures, seminars, conferences, etc.) being held in Oxford, or being organised outside Oxford by OCLA Researchers. If you are looking for events in a specific area of Late Antiquity (e.g. within ‘Islam and the Islamic World’, or ‘The Post-Roman West’), visit that section of our site, where you will find only the relevant events listed

PDF “booklet” with all this term's events
(last updated 30 April 2017)

Monumentality across Media in the Late Antique East

Thursday 15 June 2017
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LU

New Evidence for Late Antique Paintings in Lebanon and Syria
9.30 Julia Burdajewicz (Warsaw):
Late Antique wall-paintings from the basilica and residential district at Porphyreon (Jiyeh, Lebanon)
10.15 Ségolène de Pontbriand (Paris):
Murals from Europos-Dura (Syria): recent discoveries

11.00–11.30 Morning tea

Transmission of Imagery between Media in Monumental Art
11.30 Sean Leatherbury (Oxford/Ohio):
Multimediality in Late Antique Syria: Monumental Art Between Sculpture and Mosaics
12.15 Foteini Spingou and Judith McKenzie (Oxford),:
Weaving for Architecture: Late Antique Egyptian Hangings

This half-a-day workshop presents new evidence for late antique wall-painting from Lebanon and Syria, and explores the transmission of monumental art between different media.

Organised by Foteini Spingou and Judith McKenzie, in collaboration with the Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Archaeology Seminar, and sponsored by the ERC Advanced Project Monumental Art of the Christian and Early Islamic East, directed by Judith McKenzie.
Attendance and refreshments, including lunch, are free, but please book a place by emailing Foteini Spingou <foteini.spingou@classics.ox.ac.uk>

Ancient World Research Cluster, Wolfson College:
The spread of Greek Philosophy to Persia, Syria, Baghdad,
Spain and cross-cultural philosophy in Mughal India

Friday 9 June 2017

Haldane Room, Wolfson College, 2–5.30pm
(with tea, coffee, biscuits for 50 people at 3.30–4pm)

Professor Richard Sorabji: 2–3.30pm
Professor Peter Adamson, 4–5.30pm


Empires of Faith
Talking Religion: Discussing religious materiality

Wednesday 7 June 2017

TORCH Book at Lunchtime
Images of Mithra (Oxford University Press, 2017)
Venue: Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road
12.30–1pm      Lunch
1–2pm             Discussion of Images of Mithra
Chair: Jo Quinn; Panellists: Richard Gordon, Peter Stewart, Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis
2–2.30pm        Coffee
For further details and to confirm attendance visit:

Talking Religion: Discussing religious materiality
Venue: Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’
2.45–3pm        Introduction
3–4pm             Panel: Man-made artefacts: from silverware to stucco
Chair: Professor Richard Gordon (University of Erfurt
      3–3.20pm        Dr Richard Hobbs (British Museum)
      3.20–3.40pm   Agnieszka Lic (University of Oxford)
      3.40–4pm        Discussion
      4–4.30pm        Coffee
4.30–5.30pm   Panel: Harnessing nature: water in religion and ritual
Chair: Dr Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis (British Museum)
      4.30–4.50pm   Dr Eleanor Ghey (British Museum)
      4.50–5.10pm   Eris Williams-Reed (University of Durham)
      5.10–5.30pm   Discussion
Concluding remarks and general discussion:
      5.30–6pm        Professor Nicholas Purcell (University of Oxford)
6pm: Drinks reception
Registration not necessary, but expressions of interest are welcome

For further details email <Philippa.adrych@magd.ox.ac.uk>,
or visit https://empiresoffaith.com

After Rome Seminar: Aspects of the History and Archaeology
of the Fifth to Seventh Centuries

Thursdays at 5pm in the Sutro Room, Trinity College in Trinity Term 2017

8 June (Week 7)
Helena Hamerow (University of Oxford):
The circulation of garnets in the North Sea and Baltic zones, c.400–700

15 June (Week 8)
Mark Laynesmith (Lambeth Palace, Archbishop's Examination in Theology):
‘In the battle-line of Christ’, Gildas' martyrs: Alban, Aaron and Julius

Conveners: Phil Booth and Bryan Ward-Perkins

Patristic Seminar

Tuesdays at 5pm in Trinity Term 2017
Christ Church

6 June (Week 7)
Elena Ene D-Vasilescu:
Generation in Gregory Nazianzen’s poem On the Son

13 June (Week 8)
 Mark Clavier:
Augustine, Cicero and the Late Antique Episcopacy

Convener: Professor Mark Edwards

Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar

Wednesdays at 5pm in Trinity Term 2017
in the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’

Week 7 (7 June)
Georgi Parpulov (London-Oxford):
The Byzantine Text of the Greek New Testament

Week 8 (14 June)
Arianna Gullo (Durham):
Working on the Greek Anthology

Conveners: Marek Jankowiak and Marc Lauxtermann

Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

Thursdays, 11am–12:30pm in Weeks 2 to 7 of Trinity Term 2017
with a workshop in Week 8 from 9.30am to 1pm
The Ioannou Centre, First-Floor Seminar Room

8 June (Week 7)
Tassos Papacostas (KCL):
From Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, once more: making sense of a multi-period rural church in Cyprus

15 June (Week 8)
9.30am–1pm: Workshop: Full details above: booking required
Monumentality across media in the Late Antique East
(workshop organised by Foteini Spingou and Judith McKenzie)

Conveners: Ine Jacobs and Marek Jankowiak

‘Julian: historical and philosophical perspectives’

Wednesdays in Trinity Term 2017
Corpus Christi College Seminar Room, 5.00–6.30pm

7 June (Week 7)
Riccardo Chiaradonna (Roma Tre University):
Teaching Philosophy in the fourth century: Julian and the so-called “School of Pergamum”

14 June (Week 8)
Gabor Buzasi (ELTE, Budapest):
Emperor Julian's theology of the Sun

Conveners: Anna Marmodoro and Neil McLynn

The organisers are grateful to the Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity at Corpus Christi College for financial support

The Greek City under Rome

Tuesdays, 2–3.30 pm at the Ioannou Centre in Trinity Term 2017

This term’s Ancient History sub-faculty seminar will look at institutional, social and cultural changes in the Roman period Greek poleis, at the boundaries of what is ‘Greek’ in this period, and the impact and dynamics of their relationship with the imperial power. The seminar has been brought together in conjunction with the development of a new undergraduate paper on Greek City in the Roman World from Dio Chrysostom to John Chrysostom, now in its second year on the Oxford syllabus; we shall make available to the participants the resources related to this paper.

6 June (Week 7)
Ted Kaizer (University of Durham):
Oasis-polis: Tadmor-Palmyra as a Greek city (or not) in five episodes

13 June (Week 8)
Ine Jacobs (University College, Oxford):
Prosperity after disaster? The effects of the Gothic invasion in Athens and Corinth

Conveners: Neil McLynn (Corpus Christi) and Georgy Kantor (St John’s)

The Cult of Saints in the First Millennium

Fridays, 5.00–7.00 pm in Weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7 of Trinity Term 2017
Trinity College (Wk 1: Senior Common Room; Wk 3, 5, 7: Sutro Room)

Week 7 (9 June) (Sutro Room, Trinity College)
Leslie Brubaker (Birmingham):
Mary at Daphni

Convener: Efthymios Rizos

Seminar on Jewish History and Literature
in the Graeco-Roman Period

Tuesdays, 2.30–4 pm in Trinity Term 2017
 Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

The following seminar in this series is relevant to Late Antiquity:

6 June (Week 7)
Dr Donald T. Ariel (Israel Antiquities Authority)
The significance of the coin evidence from Judaea for Jewish history

Convener: Professor Martin Goodman

Stephen Davis (Yale):
‘At the periphery of texts, at the center of textual history: A study of Christian Arabic manuscripts at the monastery of the Syrians, Egypt’

Monday 12 June 2017 (Week 8) at 11.15am
in the Old Common Room, Balliol College

(part of the programme of John-Paul Ghobrial’s
‘New Perspectives on Mediterranean History’ seminar)

Exhibition: The Hidden Gospels of Abba Garima,
Treasures of the Ethiopian Highlands

Further extended: Now closes Friday 28 July 2017

Weekdays only Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm,
(please phone 01865 288391 to check hours, due to teaching)

Admission free

Outreach Room, Ground Floor,
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’

Organized by Judith McKenzie, Miranda Williams,
and Foteini Spingou with Michael Gervers’ photographs

Poster with full details


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