OCLA: Seminars & Events

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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 activities

Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity

Please join us for a discussion to celebrate
the publication of the print volume

The Last Statues of Antiquity’

Friday 20 May 2016
Ertegun House, 37a St Giles’ at 5pm

The discussion of the book will be led by Averil Cameron, Jaś Elsner, and Charlotte Roueché
The event will close with a drinks reception


ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies:
Conference on Ancient Churches of the Levant

Oriental Institute, Oxford 18–20 July 2016

The available details of this conference, and of future ARAM conferences,
can be found here

Rulers and Saints. Concepts of ‘dynasty’ and ‘sanctity’ from Late Antiquity to the Late Middle Ages

Workshop organised by the research fellows of the ‘Cult of Saints’ and the
‘Jagiellonians’ research projects, and generously supported by the
Oxford Medieval Studies Programme and the Sanderson Fund

Friday 13 May 2016, 9.15am to 6pm, followed by wine reception

The event takes place in St Luke’s Chapel at the Radcliffe Humanities Building and in the Seminar Room of the Building (Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG)

The workshop is free, including refreshments, but it is essential to have registered by 10 May, by emailing: marta.tycner@history.ox.ac.uk

Full programme

Workshop on Religious Interaction in Antiquity

Under the auspices of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and
Jewish Studies and the University of Paris-Sorbonne

Thursday 9 June 2016, 9am–3pm
at the Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

Full details of programme


A colloquium to celebrate the publication of Fergus Millar, Empire, Church and Society in the Late Roman Near East. Greeks, Jews, Syrians and Saracens
 (Collected Studies, 2004–2014)
(Leuven, 2016)

Monday 23 May 2016 from 2.30 to 6pm
 in the Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

Poster with full programme

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies:
Israel in Egypt: The land of Egypt as concept and reality for the Jews in Antiquity and the early medieval period”

Seminar series

Tuesdays of  Weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7 in Trinity Term 2016, 2.30–4pm
in the Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

The following seminar is relevant to Late Antiquity:

Week 7 (7 June)
Professor Galit Hasan-Rokem (Hebrew University of Jerusalem):
Remembering Alexandria in the Galilee: Local Adaptation of
Regional Folklore

Conveners: Professor Sarah Pearce and Professor Alison Salvesen

Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies:
Israel in Egypt: The land of Egypt as concept and reality for the Jews in Antiquity and the early medieval period”

Workshops and Project Seminars

, 10am–12 noon in the Clarendon Institute. All welcome

The following two workshop/project seminars are relevant to Late Antiquity:
Week 5 (25 May)
Professor Alan Bowman (University of Oxford):
Seminar: The Jews of Alexandria and Egypt in the papyri

Week 8 (15 June)
Dr Marie Legendre (Aix-Marseille Université):
Seminar: Jews in Egyptian papyri of the early Islamic period

Conveners: Professor Miriam Frenkel, Professor Sarah Pearce and Professor Alison Salvesen

Faculty Of Oriental Studies

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

Tuesdays 2.30–4 pm in the Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

The seminars in Weeks 4, 5 and 7 cover late-antique themes

3 May (Week 2)
Anthony Rabin:
When was a convert not a convert? The puzzle of Josephus's Adiabene narrative

10 May (Week 3)
Dr Ben Wright (Lehigh):
The Letter of Aristeas and Greek paideia

17 May (Week 4)
Professor Catherine Hezser (SOAS):
Speaking with their bodies: non-verbal communication in rabbinic texts

24 May (Week 5)
Professor Tal Ilan (FU Berlin):
Julia Crispina between Ein Gedi and the Fayum

31 May (Week 6)
Professor John Collins (Yale):
Temple or taxes: the causes of the Maccabean Revolt

7 June (Week 7)
Professor Galit Hasan-Rokem (Hebrew University of Jerusalem):
Remembering Alexandria in the Galilee: local adaptation of regional folklore
[also appears above under the Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies]

14 June (Week 8)
Professor Kenneth Atkinson (Northern Iowa):
The perplexing reign of John Hyrcanus in the War and Antiquities of Josephus

Conveners: Professor Martin Goodman, Professor Alison Salvesen and Professor Sarah Pearce

Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar

Wednesdays at 5pm in Trinity Term 2016
in the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66, St Giles’

4 May (Week 2)
George Woudhuysen (All Souls):
The Fall of the House of Constantine, 324–366 A.D.

11 May (Week 3)
Silvia Ronchey (University of Rome):
Eustathios at Prodromos Petra? Some remarks on the manuscript  tradition of the Exegesis in Canonem Iambicum Pentecostalem

18 May (Week 4)
Christian Sahner (St. John’s College, Cambridge):
Violence against Christians and Shi'is in the Early Islamic Period: Formation of a Persecuting Society?

25 May (Week 5)
Tia Kolbaba (Rutgers University):
Reading about writing about heretics:  Recent scholarship on heresiology and some ideas for moving forward  (OCBR Special Lecture)

1 June (Week 6)
Michael Jeffreys (University of Sydney / Oxford):
The lives of the women of the Komnenian house under Manuel I, as seen in the poems of Mangeneios Prodromos

8 June (Week 7)
Dominic Brookshaw (Wadham):
Title to be confirmed

15 June (Week 8)
Elena Ene Draghici-Vasilescu (Oxford):
Cappadocian churches: hubs of monasteries or civic shrines?

Conveners: Marek Jankowiak, Marc Lauxtermann, and Mark Whittow

Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

Thursdays of Weeks 2–8, 11am–12:30pm  in Trinity Term 2016
St John’s College, New Seminar Room

5 May (Week 2)
Andrew Poulter (Nottingham):
Continuity in churches of Late Antique  Bulgaria

12 May (Week 3)
David Kennedy:
Christianity in the hinterland of Roman and  Philadelphia (Amman)

19 May  (Week 4)
Simon Ford:
Mount Gerizim and the Christian Conversion of Jewish and  Samaritan Holy Sites in Late Antiquity

26 May (Week 5)
Stefanie Lenk (Oxford, ‘Empires of Faith’):
Pre-Christian imagery in  baptisteries in Late Antique Iberia and North Africa – A paradox ?

2 June (Week 6)
Kristina Terpoy:
Between coast and hinterland: settlement development in Late Antique Lycia.

9 June (Week 7)
Agnieszka Lic:
The stucco torso from a church in Koke (Seleucia-Ctesiphon and the art of Byzantium

16 June (Week 8)
Andrea Zerbini and Michael Fradley:
Endangered Archaeology in Yemen: the  role of satellite imagery analysis in surveying the inaccessible

Conveners:  Ine Jacobs and Marlia Mango

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

Thursdays in Trinity Term 2016
Ertegun House, 37a St Giles’, at 5pm

5 May (Week 2)
Filip Doroszewski  (Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Warsaw):
Alexandrian theology in Nonnus’ biblical epic

12 May (Week 3)
Marta Szada (‘Presbyters’ project, University of Warsaw):
Conversion from Nicene to Homoian Christianity in the barbarian kingdoms

19 May (Week 4)
Sergey Minov (‘Cult of Saints’ project, Oxford):
The Syriac Life of Mar Yareth the Alexandrian: Imagining a holy man in early medieval Mesopotamia

26 May (Week 5)
Christian Boudignon (University of Aix-Marseille):
Who wrote the first part of Nicephorus’ Short History?

2 June (Week 6)
Phil Booth  (Theology and Religion, Oxford): 
A circle of Egyptian bishops at the end of Roman rule (c.600 CE): sources and contexts

9 June (Week 7)
Erica Buchberger (College of Charleston. South Carolina):
Identifying Others in the Life of Caesarius of Arles

16 June (Week 8) OCLA Special Lecture
Scott Johnson (Oklahoma State University):
Syriac: a language and culture without empire

Conveners: Phil Booth and Bryan Ward-Perkins

Patristic Seminar

Tuesdays, 4–5.30pm in Trinity Term 2016
Christ Church, Room 2

May 3 (Week 2)
Matthew Thomas:
Fellow-workers against the Law? Works of the Law in the Epistle of Barnabas and its Correspondence with Pauline Deabtes

May 10 (Week 3)
Christopher Beeley:
Christological Metaphysics and the communicatio idiomatum

May 17 (Week 4)
Kirsten Mackerras (short presentation): Justice in Lactantius
Eric Hoff (short presentation): To be arranged

May 24 (Week 5)
Dimitrios Pallis:
From Monastic Cell to Lecture Hall: the Journey of the Areopagite in Modern Greece

May 31 (Week 6):
Andrew Radde-Gallwitz:
To be arranged

June 7 (Week 7):
Claire Hall:
Prophecy in Origen

June 14 (Week 8):
Susanna Elm:
Augustine and the Extra-Ordinary

Conveners: Professor Carol Harrison and Professor Mark Edwards

The Cult of Saints in the First Millennium

Fridays, 5.00–7.00pm in Weeks 1, 5, and 7 of Trinity Term 2016
Radcliffe Humanities Building – Collin Matthews Room (Ground floor)

27 May (Week 5)
Simon Loseby (University of Sheffield)
Thinking about saints with Gregory of Tours

10 June (Week 7)
Robert Wiśniewski (University of Warsaw)
The burials ad sanctos

Convener: Efthymios Rizos

Gregory of Nyssa: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

Wednesdays, 5.00–6.30pm in Trinity Term 2016
Corpus Christi College Seminar Room

4 May (Week 2)
Johannes Zachhuber (University of Oxford):
The Soul as Dynamis in Gregory of Nyssa’s De Anima et Resurrectione

11 May (Week 3)
Christopher Beeley (University of Yale):
Predication, Metaphysics, and Divine Impassibility in Gregory of Nyssa’s Christological Exegesis

18 May (Week 4)
Sophie Cartwright (University of London):
Vulnerable Minds and Vulnerable bodies as the Secret of Strength in Gregory of Nyssa

25 May (Week 5)
Neil McLynn (University of Oxford):
The two Gregories: Nyssen and Nazianzen

1 June (Week 6)
Andrew Radde-Gallwitz (University of Notre Dame):
Gregory of Nyssa and the Medical Art

8 June (Week 7)
Anna Marmodoro (University of Oxford):
Gregory of Nyssa on the Trinity

15 June (Week 8)
Susanna Elm (University of California Berkeley):
New Romans: Gregory of Nyssa’s life of Moses
Conveners: Neil McLynn and Anna Marmodoro

Supported by the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity and the Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity in Corpus Christi College

Roman Discussion Forum

The following two lectures in Trinity Term 2016 have late antique elements. Note the different day and time for the first lecture

Venue for both lectures: Institute of Archaeology, Beaumont Street

Thursday 5 May (Week 2), 2–3pm
Jean-Pierre Brun:
Exploitation of natural resources and long-distance Oriental trade in the Eastern Desert of Egypt: 2. From the Roman conquest to Late Antiquity

Wednesday 15 June (Week 8), 1pm
Dr Antionio Jakimovski (Ss Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, Faculty of Philosophy, Skopje):
The Roman theatre in Scupi: recent finds from excavations

Organisers: Andrew Wilson, Jelena Jaric, and Maggie Burr with the support of the Faculty of Classics, the School of Archaeology, and All Souls College

Medieval History Seminar

Mondays at 5pm in the Wharton Room, All Souls College

The following two seminars have a late antique element:

2 May (Week 2)
Jo Story: Lands for lights in early medieval Rome

13 June (Week 8)
Leslie Brubaker
The cult of the Virgin, 400–1200: a comparative perspective (Catholic, Orthodox, Islam)

Conveners: Mark Whittow and Chris Wickham


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