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

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Conference: Syriac Intellectual Culture in Late Antiquity: Translation, Transmission, and Influence

Friday 30–Friday 31 January 2015
Ertegun House, Oxford


Oxford University Byzantine Society’s
XVII International Graduate Conference
Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Byzantine World, c.300–1500

Friday 27–Saturday 28 February 2015
Faculty of History, George Street

For more details about registration, please see the OUBS website: https://oxfordbyzantinesociety.wordpress.com

Conference: Early Islamic Balkh:
History, landscape and material culture

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 January 2015
at Wolfson College, Oxford

Register by email


Seminar: Heresy from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages

Saturday 14 March 2015
TORCH Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road

Registration essential
Poster with full details

Special Seminar

Friday 13 February, at 5pm
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’

Joost Hagen (Leiden/Leipzig);
Four Coptic letters from Qasr Ibrim concerning the relations between Christian Nubia, Muslim Egypt and the Blemmyes/Beja in the summer of 760 AD

Dr Hagen will begin his paper with general remarks about Qasr Ibrim and its archive of documents

Convener: James Howard-Johnston

Late Roman Seminar

Thursdays in Hilary Term 2015
Sutro Room, Trinity College at 5pm

29 January (Week 2)
Hannah Probert (Sheffield):
Fathers and family property in Francia c.400-700

5 February (Week 3)
Simon Corcoran (UCL):
Honorius and the freedmen: Sirmondian 19 and security of status in the fifth century

12 February (Week 4)
Gavin Kelly (Edinburgh):
Why do we need a new text and translation of Ammianus Marcellinus?

19 February (Week 5)
David Lambert (Oxford):
Heraclea, 515: The ecumenical council that never was

26 February (Week 6)
Phillippe Blaudeau (Angers):
Liberatus of Carthage’s Breviarium (566?): very special history with very special purpose

5 March (Week 7)
Robin Whelan (Oxford):
A separation? Gelasius, the “two powers”, and Christian politics in the late fifth century

12 March (Week 8)
Rebecca Littlechilds (KCL):
Chaste cohabitation in Late Antiquity: ascetic ideals and social practice

Conveners: Conrad Leyser and Bryan Ward-Perkins

Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar

Wednesdays in Hilary Term 2015
in the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, at 5pm

28 January (Week 2)
Jaś Elsner (Corpus Christi College):
The Origins of the Icon

4 February (Week 3):
Tony Eastmond (Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London)
The court of saints, and the great ivory triptychs of the tenth century

11 February (Week 4)
Marjolijne Janssen (Cambridge):
The Cambridge Grammar of Medieval Greek Project

18 February (Week 5)
Michael Jeffreys (University of Sydney/Oxford):
Michael Psellos and Constantine X: Pacifism, Philosophy and Provincial government

25 February (Week 6)
Robert Wisniewski  (University of Warsaw)
Displaying, seeing and hiding relics in Late Antiquity

4 March (Week 7)
Ida Toth (Wolfson College)
Eastern Prose Fiction in Byzantium: a case study

11 March (Week 8)
Martin Hinterberger (University of Cyprus):
Phthonos/Envy and the Emotional World of Homo Byzantinus

Conveners: Marc Lauxtermann and Mark Whittow

Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology
and Art Seminar

Thursdays of Weeks 2–8 in Hilary Term 2015
St John’s College, New Seminar Room, 11am–12.30pm

29 January (Week 2)
Marlena Whiting:
Encountering the Word:  the inscriptions of Holy Land pilgrimage

5 February (Week 3)
Georgi Parpulov:
The Crucified Monk

12 February (Week 4)
Georges Kazan:
The Golden Gate at Constantinople: evidence and interpretation

19 February (Week 5)
Natalija Ristovska:
Enamelled metalware between Byzantium and the Islamic world : reconstructing the contexts of exchange (9th/10th–12th centuries)

26 February (Week 6)
Jim Crow (Edinburgh):
Research on the citadel at Sinope: reflections on Byzantine cities and the sea

5 March (Week 7)
Agnieszka Lic:
Stucco decoration of a church on Sir Bani Yas island, United Arab Emirates: Christian artistic production of Southern Mesopotamia and the Persian Gulf in Late Antiquity

12 March (Week 8)
Ine Jacobs:
Christian protective magic in archaeological context

Conveners: Ine Jacobs and Marlia Mango

Patristic and Late Antique Seminar
Patristic Exegesis of Pauline Epistles

Tuesdays in Hilary Term 2015
Christ Church, Room 2, 4.00–5.30pm

27 January (Week 2)
Professor Mark Edwards:

3 February (Week 3)
Dr Jenn Strawbridge:

10 February (Week 4)
Dr Stan Rosenberg:

17 February (Week 5)
James Cook:
Chrysostom’s sermons

24 February (Week 6)
Dr Susan Griffith:
ComPaul Project

3 March (Week 7)
Dr Julia Hudson:

10 March (Week 8)
Dr Elena Draghici-Vasilescu:
The use of Galatians in Byzantine Liturgy

Conveners: Dr Stan Rosenberg and Professor Mark Edwards

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

Tuesdays in Hilary Term 2015

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute Building, Walton Street, 2.30–4 pm

The following three seminars in the programme relate to Late Antiquity:

24 February (Week 6)
Dr Katharina Keim (Manchester):
The exposition of scripture in Pirqei deRabbi Eliezer

3 March (Week 7)
Professor Nicholas de Lange (Cambridge):
Greek Jewish bible translations in medieval Judaism: the ancient roots of the medieval translations [Grinfield Lecture]

10 March (Week 8)
Dr Alexander Panayotov (Aarhus):
Jewish everyday life in the late-Roman and early Byzantine Balkans

Convener: Professor Martin Goodman

Workshop: Freedom, self-reflection and
self-movement in neoplatonic philosophy

Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 March 2015
(starting at 11am on Wednesday and finishing by lunchtime on Thursday)

Corpus Christi College (seminar room)

Speakers: Pauliina Remes (Uppsala University); Jan Opsomer (University of Leuven); Frans De Haas (Leiden University); James Wilberding (Ruhr University Bochum); and

Ursula Coope (Oxford University)

Everyone welcome. If you intend to be there, please contact Ursula Coope so that she has some idea of numbers.

The workshop is funded by the British Academy

Medieval Church and Culture

TUESDAYS in Hilary Term 2015
Carpenter Room, Harris Manchester College
Refreshments at 5pm, papers at 5.15pm

The following seminars relate to Late Antiquity:

10 February (Week 4)
Bryan Ward-Perkins (Oxford):
The Cult of Saints Project: Ambitions and Problems

24 February (Week 6)
Trevor Morse (Oxford):
Wilfrid Unabased:  Church and State in Early 8th-century Northumbria

Conveners:  Margaret Coombe (HMC), Karl Kinsella (Keble),
Lesley Smith (HMC)

Medieval Archaeology Seminar

Mondays at 3pm in Hilary Term 2015
Institute of Archaeology Lecture Room

The following seminar is relevant to Late Antiquity:

9 February (Week 4)
Helena Hamerow:
Furnished Female Burial in Seventh-Century England: Gender and Sacral Authority in the Conversion Period'

Convener: Helen Hamerow

From Panopolis to Baghdad and back: Centres and Networks in the Classical, Late Antique and Medieval Near East

Thursdays in Hilary Term 2015
Swire Seminar Room, University College at 5pm

The following four lectures in the programme relate to Late Antiquity:

29 January (Week 2)
Ian Rutherford (Reading):
Centre and Periphery in Greek Religious Networks: The Case of Artemis of Ephesus

5 February (Week 3):
Ine Jacobs (Oxford):
A Small Town’s Networks. Production, Consumption and Distribution at Sagalassos (Pisidia)

12 February (Week 4): 
Jonathan Shepard (Oxford):
Imperial Fields and Market Forces: Creative Tensions and Byzantium

26 February (Week 6): 
Peter van Minnen (Cincinnati):
‘Only Connect … the Beast and the Monk’: Panopolis in the Late Antique World

This lecture series is organised by Lisa Kallet (Classics), Mark Smith (Egyptology) and Catherine Holmes (Medieval History) and sponsored by University College


The Oxford Celtic Seminar

THURSDAYS in Hilary Term 2015
Habakkuk Room, Jesus College
Tea and biscuits from 2.30pm, with papers starting at 3pm.

The following three seminars are relevant to Late Antiquity:

29 January (Week 2)
Dr Andy Seaman (Canterbury Christ Church):
Aaron and Julius, ‘citizens of Caerleon’: Wales’s Roman Martyrs?

26 February (Week 6)
Dr Alison Bonner (Jesus College):
Bede and Pelagius

For further information, email Benjamin Sadler

The Roman Discussion Forum

WEDNESDAYS in Hilary Term 2015

Institute of Archaeology, Beaumont Street, Lecture Room, 1.00pm

The paper by Mark Jackson in 1st Week is centrally focused on Late Antiquity, while several of the other papers will contain a late antique component

28 January (Week 2)
Miko Flohr, (Universiteit Leiden):
Tabernae and urban economies in Roman Italy: towards a history of commercial investment?

4 February (Week 3)
Professor Michael Fulford (University of Reading):
The Rural Settlement of Roman Britain Project

11 February (Week 4)
Paul Booth (Oxford Archaeology):
Maximising agricultural resources in the Oxfordshire Windrush Valley? A Roman nucleated settlement at Gill Mill and its environment

18 February (Week 5)
Oriol Olesti Vila (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona):
A marginal zone? Roman Mining in the Pyrenees

25 February (Week 6)
Janice Kinory (University of Oxford):
Living off the Romans in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

4 March (Week 7)
Tyler Franconi (University of Oxford):
Economic development along Rome's German frontier

11 March (Week 8)
Professor Jean-Pierre Brun (Collège de France):
Textile, leather and organic remains in the Roman forts along the routes to Myos Hormos and to Berenike

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

Nonnus’ Dionysiaca Reading Group

The group will read two books per week during term for the duration of the 2014–15 academic year, on Fridays 1–2 pm.

These sessions are a joint event with a parallel Nonnus reading group in Cambridge (through Skype). Each week two books will be covered in English translation, while focusing in on selected passages in Greek.

All are welcome; for more information contact: Laura Miguélez-Cavero and Pavlos Avlamis


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