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Late Antiquity

This interdisciplinary seminar brings together faculty and advanced graduate students whose research lies in the Mediterranean world of late antiquity. The range of the seminar includes the Mediterranean world of the third century C.E., defined primarily by the dominant Roman Empire; the fundamental transformations that characterized the fourth and fifth centuries, from the development of Christianity as a political power, to the collapse of the western empire and its division into various barbarian kingdoms, to the establishment of a single imperial power in Constantinople; and the new religion of Islam and further momentous transformations that ended the fundamentally Roman unity of the late antique period. The participants in this seminar are not only based in different departments, but also come from different disciplinary backgrounds. Each possesses specialist knowledge, language skills, and methodological approaches to textual and material evidence that can help inform the research of the others.

Meetings will be held in the Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall unless otherwise indicated.

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Fall 2017

  • Friday, August 25, 2017 3:30-5:00 P.M.
    Alison Vacca
    “A CONQUEST KOINE: The Oral and Written Transmission of Reports on the Islamic Conquest of Duin”
  • Friday, September 15, 2017, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
    Discussion of a work-in-progress by Tina Shepardson
    “Spinning Violence: Narrating the Persecution of Early Anti-Chalcedonian Saints”
  • Friday, October 20, 2017
    ReLACs at Vanderbilt
  • Friday, November 10, 2017, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
    Benjamin Graham, University of Memphis
    Discussion of paper, "Modeling Wood Fuel in Ancient Rome," co-written with Ray Van Dam
  • Friday, December 8, 2017, 12:30-2:00 P.M.
    Discussion of What’s Divine about Divine Law? by Christine Hayes

Spring 2018

  • Friday, January 12, 2018, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
    Carrie Schroeder, University of the Pacific
    "Monastic Genealogies" 
  • Friday, February 9, 2018, 3:30-5:00 P.M
    Gregor Kalas
    “Portraits of Late Antique Poets in the Forum of Trajan"
  • Monday, March 26, 2018, 1:00-2:30 P.M.
    David Potter, University of Michigan
    Discussion of Dexippus and the Gothic Invasions: Interpreting the New Vienna Fragment lead by David Potter
  • Monday, March 26, 2018, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
    David Potter, University of Michigan
    Public Lecture: “The Empress Theodora and the Management of Empire”
    Lindsay Young Auditorium, Hodges Library
  • Friday, April 13, 2018, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
    Jacob Latham
    "Public Performance in Classical Antiquity”
  • Friday, May 4, 2018, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
    Yuliya Minets, University of Alabama
    “Languages of Holy Men and Demons Speaking in Tongues”
  • Thursday, May 10, 2018, 1:30-3:30 P.M.

    Discussion of City of Demons by Dayna Kalleres

Fall 2016

  • Friday, August 26, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
    Jacob Latham
    "Ritual and the Christianization of Urban Space"
  • Friday, September 16, 3:30-5:00 P.M
    Book: Noel Lenksi, Constantine and the Cities, Penn Press, 2016
  • Friday, October 21
    ReLACs@UKY (Tina Shepardson)
  • Monday, October 24, 3:00-4:30 P.M.
    Susanna Elm, University of California, Berkeley
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
    5:30 P.M.
    Susanna Elm, University of California, Berkeley
    Public Talk:  "New Romes:  Salvian of Marseilles and the Government of God"
    Art and Architecture, Room 109
  • Friday, December 2
    Gregor Kalas

Spring 2016

  • Friday, January 22, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
    Stefan Hodges-Kluck
    "Imposter Syndrome in Late Antiquity: The Emperor Julian, Basil of Caesarea, and Gregory of Nazianzus on Unmasking False Intellectuals"
  • Friday, February 19, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
    George Demacopoulos
    The Invention of Peter: Apostolic Discourse and Papal Authority in Late Antiquity (UPenn, 2013)
  • Wednesday, March 9, 3:30-5:00 P.M., Melrose F-203 (*note room)
    Tom Heffernan
    "Gender and the Sources of Authority in St. Augustine's Sermons on Perpetua and Felicity"
  • Wednesday, April 20, 3:30-5:00 P.M., Melrose F-203 (*note room)
    George Demacopoulos
    Fordham University
    "War, Violence and the Feast of the Holy Cross in Byzantium"
  • Friday, May 6, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
    Gregor Kalas
    "Institutional Charity at Santa Maria Antiqua and the Diaconiae of Rome."

Fall 2015

  • Friday, September 4, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
    Jacob Latham

    "Rolling out the Red Carpet, Roman-Style: Adventus, occursus and the Christianization of Rome"

  • Friday, October 2, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
    Tina Shepardson

    "Representing the Saints: John of Ephesus's Lives and the Polarization of the Chalcedonian Conflict"

  • October 22-23, 2015 The Third Regional Late Antiquity Consortium (ReLACs)
  • October 22,  3:30 P.M. 
    Michel R. Salzman
    University of California, Riverside
    "The 'Falls' of Rome: The Transformations of Rome in Late Antiquity"
    (Lindsay Young Auditorium, Hodges Library), followed by a reception
  • October 23, 10:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
    Late Antiquity symposium
    West Room, Haslam Business Building
    presenters include (in alphabetical order):
    • Adam Bursi, Jimmy and Dee Haslam Postdoctoral Fellow, the Marco Institute, University of Tennessee: "Muhammad's Body and Sacred Space"
    • David Hunter, Cottrill-Rolfes Chair of Catholic Studies, University of Kentucky: "Priesthood and Purity: Rethinking the Origins of Clerical Sexual Continence"
    • David Michelson, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University: "Diligent and Angelic Readers: The Material Role of Texts in the Syriac Monastic Tradition"
    • Michele Salzman, Professor of History, University of California, Riverside: "Vandalizing Rome: The Sack of 455 and Roman Responses to Crisis"
  • Friday, November 13, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
    Book discussion, Between Empires: Arabs, Romans and Sasanians in Late Antiquity by Greg Fisher (OUP, 2011)
  • Friday, December 4, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
    Douglas Boin
    Assistant Professor, St. Louis University
    Work in progress

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