XLV Incontro di Studiosi dell’Antichità Cristiana in Rome

Today the XLV Incontro di Studiosi dell’Antichità Cristiana started at the Institute Augustinianum in Rome. This year main topic is: “The Child in the Christian Sources (I-V Century)”. The member of our team, Stanisław Adamiak, is going to talk about the children of the clerics in the canons of the councils of the fourth and fifth century.
For the full program see HERE.

Presbyters on the IMC Leeds 2017

On the forthcoming International Medieval Congress in Leeds our project organises two sessions about the income and property of clerics in Late Antiquity.

Late antique clerics had diverse sources of income. Some of them were rich when they got ordained, but others had to earn their life. These sessions will seek to answer the following questions: How much did the clerics rely on church property and revenues? What were other sources of their income, either those linked with their religious expertise or unconnected with ecclesiastical activity? How were the frontiers fixed between not only private property and revenues of clerics and those of the church, but also between the resources of diverse groups of clergy?

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, 5 July, 9.00-10.30

Income and Property of Clerics in Late Antiquity, I (session 1031)

chair: Ralph W. Mathisen, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  1. David Hunter, Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures, University of Kentucky,  Ambrosiaster and the Problem of Clerical Profit
  2. David Natal Villazala, Departamento de Prehistoria, Historia Antigua y Arqueología, Universidad de Salamanca, Church and Private Property in Ambrose of Milan (d. 397)
  3. Marta Szada, Instytut Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski, The Workman Is Worthy of His Meat?: Economic Status of the Local Clergy in 7th-Century Spain

Wednesday, 5 July, 11.15-12.45

chair: Ralph Mathisen, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  1. Isabelle Mossong, Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, München, Income and Property of Late Antique Clergy: Epigraphical Realities
  2. Claire Sotinel, Centre de recherche en histoire européenne comparée (CRHEC), Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne, Financial Issues Concerning Presbyters in Papal Correspondence
  3. Robert Wiśniewski, Instytut Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Not a Grand Scandal, but Little Embarrassment: Paying Clerics for Ritual Expertise in Late Antiquity

See also at the IMC website: session 1, session 2

Session at IMC Leeds 2016

The Presbyters’ Project organized two sessions “Social Networks of Clergy in Late Antiquity” on the International Medieval Congress in Leeds.


Session 510

Tuesday 5 July 2016

09:00-11:30, Leeds Univeristy Union: Room 2 – Elland Road

1. Rivalry between Presbyters and Deacons in the Roman Church: The Witness of Ambrosiaster, De iactantia Romanorum levitarum (Q. 101)
David Hunter (University of Kentucky, US)
2. Competition within Clergy in Late Antique Epigraphic Evidence
Isabelle Mossong (Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik, München, Germany)
3. ‘Tam grande scandalum’: Concilium Arelatense in Causa Fausti, and the Dispute over the Right to Ordain Clerics – The Insight into the Relationships between Monastic and Non-Monastic Clergymen?
Jerzy Szafranowski (University of Warsaw, Poland)

Session 610

Tuesday 5 July 2016

11:15-12:45, Leeds Univeristy Union: Room 2 – Elland Road

1. Friends and Enemies: The Female Relationships of Late Antique Clerics in Exile
Julia Hillner (University of Sheffield, UK)
2. Eating with Heretics: Nicene Clergy toward Homoian Communities in the Successor Kingdoms
Marta Szada (University of Warsaw, Poland)
3. Managing Expectations in a Western Ascetic Network: Augustine, Paulinus of Nola, Sulpicius Severus
Michael Williams (Maynooth University, Republic of Ireland)
4. Open Courtesy and Hidden Rivalry in Salutatory Formulas of Clerics’ Letters in Late Antiquity
Stanisław Adamiak (University of Warsaw, Poland)

The Project workshop in Warsaw

We held a workshop of the Presbyters in the Late Antique West project at the Institute of History (room 101) on Friday (20 May, 3 p.m.-6.30 p.m.) and Saturday (21 May, 9.30-1 p.m.). We presented our guest the beta version of the database, collected feedback, and discussed on research problems concerning late antique clergy, and more generally on the application of the methods and tools provided by digital humanities in the late antique scholarship.

The list of invited guests included Philippe Blaudeau (Angers), Juliette Day (Helsinki/Oxford) Julia Hillner (Sheffield), Isabelle Mossong (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut), Przemysław Nehring (Toruń), Claire Sotinel (Paris 12 – Val de la Marne), Jakub Urbanik (Warsaw), Ewa Wipszycka (Warsaw).

An excellent account (with images!) of the meeting can be found on the blog The Migration of Faith Clerical Exile in Late Antiquity (325 – 600), run by Julia Hillner.

The schedule of the workshop:


3 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. Presentation of the project.
3.30 p.m. – 4.15 p.m. What has already been done? The main research and two
‘collateral’ projects (Marta Szada and Jerzy Szafranowski).
4.15 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Coffee break
4.30 p.m. – 6.30 p.m. Types of evidence and research problems: Short interventions
followed by discussion (each slot 15 minutes, including 8-10 minutes discussion)
Isabelle Mossong: epigraphy
Jakub Urbanik: law
Juliette Day: liturgy
Przemysław Nehring: property/poverty
Julia Hillner: mobility, interactions
Philippe Blaudeau: ecclesiastical politics
Claire Sotinel: church hierarchy, presbyters and bishops
Ewa Wipszycka: Egyptian perspective
7 p.m. Dinner at the Bibenda Restaurant, ul. Nowogrodzka 10


9.30 a.m. – 11 a.m. The database: Presentation, testing, feedback.
11 a.m. – 11.20 a.m. Coffee break
11.20 a.m. – 12.45 p.m. Discussion about the future research:
Questions we should ask (but possibly did not).
How our database can be used in other ways?
Is digital prosopography of Late Antiquity possible?
1 p.m. Lunch

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