Cult of Saints

Bryan Ward-Perkins

In 2014–2019, with collaborators in Warsaw and Reading, Oxford is hosting a major project on the origin and development of the cult of saints, funded by a grant from the European Research Council.  Through the work of five researchers, the project will chart the development of cult up to around AD 700 across all the christianities from which early evidence survives (the Syriac- and Coptic-speaking worlds, Georgia, Armenia, the Greek East and Latin West).  When completed, the project will have produced a number of monographs and a freely-available searchable database, on which all the evidence for the early cult of saints will have been collected and presented, in both its original language and English translation.

For further details, see Cult of Saints website.