Donatists in Oxford

Stanisław Adamiak will talk on 18th May at the After Rome Seminar in Trinity College in Oxford about the Donatists: who was actually rebaptised by them, and why?


Presbyters and their authority in Paris


On 12 May Robert Wiśniewski presented the project at the yearly meeting of the society Textes pour l’histoire de l’Antiquité Tardive in Paris. He also delivered a paper La construction de l’autorité presbytérale. Robert argued that the presbyters had a very limited access to the means of persuasion and their authority resulted rather from their reputation of religious experts. This in turn was based not so much on their alleged sanctity or moral superiority as on the growing conviction that they differed from the rest of the society in all aspects of their life.

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.

Ine Jacobs on the Christian attitude toward the classical statues

On Thursday, 11th May, on the Late Antique seminar Ine Jacobs from the University of Oxford will present the paper “Old statues, new meanings. Literary and archaeological evidence for Christian re-interpretation of classical statuary”.

The abstract of the paper:

In this paper I will review literary and epigraphic sources as well as material evidence for positive takes on ancient statuary in late antique centuries. I will argue that re-interpretation of statuary, in the sense of allocating new identifications to ancient statues, was much more common among late antique Christians than we currently assume. It is not something that occurred only from Mid-Byzantine times onwards, although Mid-Byzantine literary evidence has been given more attention.

The seminar, as usual, will take place in the library of the Department of Papyrology in the building of the Faculty of Law (Collegium Iuridicum I) at 4.45 PM.

Salvatore Liccardo on the ethnonyms on the Tabula Peutingeriana

On Thursday 27th April on the Late Antique seminar Salvatore Liccardo from the Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften will present the paper Filling in the Blanks: Ethnic Discourse, Ethnonyms and Roman Sense of Place in Geographica and on the Tabula Peutingeriana.


The abstract of the paper:

Drawing upon case studies from geographical texts and from the Tabula Peutingeriana, the paper aims to analyse the richness and the adaptability of ethnographic nomenclatures at the disposal of Late Antique and Early Medieval mapmakers, geographers and orators. Due to the vague definition of geography as a discipline and widespread lexical conservatism, authors describing the barbarian peoples could easily blur distinctions between genres, historical events and even languages. In Late Antique geographical works the names of coeval gentes sit alongside names of groups that had long disappeared from historiographical records, as well as monstrous races such as dog-headed or all-ears-men. Ethnonyms with mythological origins or a telling etymology triggered readers’ imagination and recalled familiar literary commonplaces capable of conjuring images of distant places.  The examination of several passages from Late Antique geographical treaties and of some sections of the Tabula Peutingeriana will shed light on the way ethnonyms function as conceptual tools in structuring and reinforcing ethnic discourses and political agendas.

The seminar, as usual, will take place in the library of the Department of Papyrology in the building of the Faculty of Law (Collegium Iuridicum I) at 4.45 PM.

Jamie Wood on the Iberian Monks

On Thursday 6th April 2017 on the Late Antique Seminar Jamie Wood from the University of Lincoln will present a lecture entitled “Formative Spaces: Making monks in early medieval Iberia”.



Monastery of San Pedro de Montes, Spain


The abstract of the paper:

Formative Spaces addresses the relationship between physical spaces and normative texts such a monastic rules in the formation of ascetic communities in early medieval Iberia. Rulebooks for monastic life propose a complicated disciplinary regime that seems to have been designed to train monks to adopt specific beliefs and practices, while an increasing number of monastic sites – the spaces in which monks were presumably trained in such practices – have been excavated in Spain and Portugal over recent decades. However, minimal attention has been devoted to understanding how the physical organisation of monastic space related to the rules that regulated ascetic life. There are two strands to the Formative Spaces project: (1) a synthetic analysis of a sample of the extant monastic archaeological sites of early medieval Iberia (6th-7th century); (2) a comparison of such sites with contemporary Iberian monastic rules. This scoping study prepares the ground for a fuller examination of the spatiality of monastic formation in early medieval Iberia, and of the relationship between ascetic theory and practice more generally.

The seminar, as usual, will take place in the library of the Department of Papyrology in the building of the Faculty of Law (Collegium Iuridicum I) at 4.45 PM.