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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(last updated 20 October 2016)

Early Ethiopian and Other Eastern Illuminated Gospel Books: Text and Image

Saturday 5 November 2016

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’

Full programme


Anna Lampadari, La conversion de Gaza au christianisme: La Vie de S. Porphyre

Please join us for a presentation and discussion to celebrate the publication of this new critical edition, French translation, and commentary of Mark the Deacon’s Life of Porphyrios

Monday 7 November 2016, Sutro Room, Trinity College at 5pm

The Life, the new edition, and the historical context of Gaza will be discussed by Anna Lampadaridi (IRHT, Paris), Catherine Saliou (EPHE, Paris), and Ine Jacobs (Oxford)

This event will close with a drinks reception


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

Saturday 5 November 2016 to Sunday 18 December 2016

Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm
(on weekdays please phone 01865 288391 to check hours, due to teaching)
Saturday and Sunday: 11am–3pm
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

The metaphysics of the soul–body relation underpinning Gregory of Nyssa’s anthropology and political thought

Saturday 10 December 2016 in the Ryle Room, 1st Floor, Faculty of Philosophy, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road

With the support of the John Fell Fund and the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity

Neil McLynn (University of Oxford):
Title to be confirmed 
Commentator: Sophy Tuck (University of Oxford)

Ilaria Ramelli (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan):
Hylomorphism in Origen as a Background to Gregory’s Anthropology
Commentator: To be confirmed

12.45pm: Lunch (at one’s own cost) at Al Andalus in Little Clarendon Street

Mark Edwards (University of Oxford):
Gregory of Nyssa and Aristotle
Commentator: Anna Marmodoro (University of Oxford)

Morwenna Ludlow (University of Exeter):
Spiritual formation and the body-soul relation in Gregory of Nyssa 
Commentator: Vito Limone (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University)

Sophie Cartwright (University of Oxford):
Vulnerability as the Secret of Self-determination in Gregory of Nyssa
Commentator: Jonathan Hill (University of Exeter)

Further information:

Organisers: Anna Marmodoro and Sophie Cartwright, University of Oxford

Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar

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

19 October (Week 2)
Johannes Pahlitzsch (Mainz) [Special OCBR Lecture]:
Andronikos II and an-Nāsir Muhammad: Byzantine–Mamluk relations and the situation of Orthodox Christians under Mamluk rule at the beginning of the 14th century

26 October (Week 3)
Maria Vassilaki (Crete):
Working-drawings of Icon Painters

2 November (Week 4)
Ufuk Kocabaş and Işıl Kocabaş (Istanbul):
The Byzantine harbour and shipwrecks at Yenikapı, Istanbul: Recent research

9 November (Week 5)
Vera von Falkenhausen (Rome):
At the periphery of the Empire: the Byzantine provinces of southern Italy and Constantinople

16 November (Week 6)
Averil Cameron (Oxford):
Byzantium and Empire

23 November (Week 7)
Jim Crow (Edinburgh) [SPBS Autumn Lecture]:
Not Just Cheese and Potatoes: Recent Research on Naxos and the Byzantine Aegean

30 November (Week 8)
Niels Gaul (Edinburgh):
All the Emperor’s Men (and His Nephews): Paideia and Networking Strategies at the Court of Andronikos II Palaiologos, 1290–1320

Conveners: Marek Jankowiak and Marc Lauxtermann

Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar

Fridays, 11am–12:30pm of Weeks 1–7 in Michaelmas Term 2016
The Ioannou Centre, First-Floor Seminar Room

21 October (Week 2)
Dejan Gorgievski (Kumanovo):
Saint Eustratios of Sebasteia – the intercessor? The appearances of Saint Eustratios on the ivory triptychs and wall paintings in the Middle and Late Byzantine period

28 October (Week 3)
Maria-Nectaria Antoniou:
Church Donor Portraits: Motives for and modes of prayer in Byzantium. A study of their chronological evolution

4 November (Week 4)
Simon Ford:
Evidence for the Conversion of Synagogues in Late Antiquity

11 November (Week 5)
Masue Kato (Rikkyo):
The art of Pope Gregory III (731–741): early medieval Rome between Byzantium and the Lombard kingdom

18 November (Week 6)
Paul Wordsworth:
The legacy of a Sassanian frontier? Barda’a (Azerbaijan), capital of Arran in the early Islamic period

25 November (Week 7)
Marek Jankowiak:
The invisible commodity. Identifying archaeological traces of the early medieval slave trade.

2 December (Week 8): No seminar

Conveners: Ine Jacobs and Marek Jankowiak

Late Roman Seminar

Thursdays at 5pm in Michaelmas Term 2016
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College

20 October (Week 2)
Rafał Toczko (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun):
Discrediting his opponents – Augustine’s epistolary polemics with the Donatists

27 October (Week 3)
Gillian Clark (University of Bristol):
The Late Roman res publica and the City of God

3 November (Week 4)
Mattias Gassman (Queen’s College, Cambridge):
(Note: in the Rainolds Room, this week only)
A Pagan Rome under Christian Emperors: Rethinking Symmachus on the Altar of Victory

10 November (Week 5)
Alan Ross (University of Southampton):
Eremitic aemulatio: genesis of genre in Jerome’s Vita Pauli

17 November (Week 6)
Jaś Elsner (Corpus Christi College, Oxford):
The Muse casket from the Esquiline Treasure

24 November (Week 7)
John Haldon (Princeton University):
Euchaïta and St Theodore: some recent field research

1 December (Week 8)
Peter Heather (King’s College, London):
Decline, Fall, and the Cultural Turn

Conveners: Neil McLynn and Bryan Ward-Perkins

Medieval Archaeology Seminar

Mondays at 3pm in Weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8 in Michaelmas Term 2016
Institute of Archaeology Lecture Room

The following three seminars in this series are relevant to Late Antiquity:

17 October (Week 2)
Letty ten Harkel:
Who was who in the early medieval emporium and ringfort of Domburg (NL)? Old historical questions and new scientific results

31 October (Week 4)
Toby Martin:
The Origins of Early Medieval Europe: A Gendered Perspective

28 November (Week 8)
Adam McBride:
Kingdom Formation and the Distribution of Material Wealth in Early Wessex: a quantitative approach to large-scale power dynamics

Conveners: Helena Hamerow and Letty ten Harkel

The Cult of Saints in the First Millennium

Fridays, 5.00–7.00 pm in Weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7 of Michaelmas Term 2016
Radcliffe Humanities Building: Colin Matthew Room (ground floor)

28 October (Week 3)
James Palmer (Saint Andrew’s)
Beyond Cults and Hagiographies: Collecting Saints’ Stories in the Early Medieval West

11 November (Week 5)
Francesca dell’ Acqua (Birmingham):
The Girdle of Mary: from Jerusalem, to Constantinople, Prato and … Pisa?

25 November
Alan Thacker (London):
The Origin of the Cult of Saints: The Evidence from Salona

Convener: Efthymios Rizos

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

Tuesdays, 2.30–4 pm in Weeks 4–8 of Michaelmas Term 2016
 Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

The following two seminars in this series are relevant to Late Antiquity:

1  November (Week 4)
Dr Benjamin Williams (KCL):
Genesis Rabba on the cursing of the ground

22 November (Week 7)
Dr Eitan Klein (Israel Antiquities Authority):
Relations between Judaean and Galilean communities in the late Roman period: the archaeological evidence

Convener: Martin Goodman


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