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 activities

OCLA Special Lecture

Scott Johnson (University of Oklahoma):
“Syriac: a language and culture without empire”

Thursday 16 June 2016 at 5pm
Ertegun House, 37a St Giles'


Special Lecture
Dr Levon Avdoyan (Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.):
Robert Thomson: The Quiet Revolutionary

Thursday 16 June 2016 at 7pm
Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College

This is the final lecture in the series commemorating the Armenian genocide and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Calouste Gulbenkian Chair in Armenian Studies. It will be preceded by a reception, starting at 5:30.

Nellie Wallace Lectures 2016
Rolando Ferri, University of Pisa
Three Literary Professions: Notaries, Teachers, Preachers

In this series of lectures and seminars, I will discuss aspects of the intellectual activities of three professional figures of the Roman world. Although not formally included in any canon of Latin literature, I would like to show that their work is of some interest to students of both literary production and the interpretation of literature in the Roman world. Firstly, I will dwell on the court recorders (notarii, exceptores) who composed the proceedings of public meetings and court sessions. I will then concentrate on teachers, especially of Roman law, and on what is known about the form of their teaching and their performances during class, not only in the Western but also, most crucially, in the Eastern, Greek-speaking, area of the Empire. Finally I will discuss some aspects of the exegesis performed by ancient biblical scholars, especially their adaptation of interpretative tools culled from study of the classical authors, typically Vergil and Terence, which they adapted to meet the challenge of a different class of texts, although at times the divergences proved not to be particularly marked.
In the seminar sessions, I will discuss a number of passages in samples of the texts under examination which are textually problematic or otherwise appropriate for class discussion.

Lectures (5 pm in the Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Classics Centre)

Thursday 2 June
Lecture 3: Teaching Roman Law in the ancient schools, East and West

Thursday 9 June
Lecture 4: Jerome’s Latin and the Vulgate

Seminars (5 p.m. in the Okinaga Room, Wadham)

Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Seminar 2
Image, Text, Captions in the Quedlinburg Itala

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

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

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 workshop/project seminar is relevant to Late Antiquity:

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 following seminars cover late-antique themes

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’

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

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 at 5pm at Ertegun House

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, 5–6.30pm [note new time] in Trinity Term 2016
Christ Church, Room 2

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)

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

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 lecture in Trinity Term 2016 has a late antique element

Wednesday 15 June (Week 8)
Institute of Archaeology, Beaumont Street at 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 seminar has a late antique element:

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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