Presentazione del libro Archeologia dell’Italia Medievale” 5 maggio (Crypta Balbi)

Giovedì 5 maggio, alle ore 17,30
Museo Nazionale Romano - Crypta Balbi
presentazione del volume
di Andrea Augenti
Vincenzo Fiocchi Nicolai, Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata"
Daniele Manacorda, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Alessandra Molinari, Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata"
Introduce il direttore del Museo, Mirella Serlorenzi.

Draping the Sacred: Veils in Early Christianity: Susanna Drake at Harvard April 28

The next and final meeting of the semester for the Boston Patristics Group will be on April 28th, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., in Andover Hall Chapel, located on the second floor of Andover Hall, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, Mass.

We welcome Susanna Drake, who is Visiting Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Early Christianity 2015–16 at Harvard Divinity School. Prof. Drake will be discussing the second chapter from her book project on veiling practices in early Christianity, "Draping the Sacred: Veils in Early Christianity" (flyer)

Patristica Bostoniensia is a colloquium of the BOSTON THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, an association of nine theological schools in the Greater Boston area.
For more information, please, contact Annewies van den Hoek, Harvard Divinity
School, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 (

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2016-2017 Cardinal Bea Centre Scholarships in Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations

2016-2017 Cardinal Bea Centre Scholarships

The Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies at the Gregorian University in Rome is pleased to announce scholarships to students who will register for the 2-year Postgraduate Degree Program in "Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations" for the Academic year 2016-2017.  Each scholarship amounts to Euro 9,000.00.

Taking the name and inspiration from the far-seeing vision of the Jesuit Augustin Bea, the principal promoter of Vatican II's Nostra Aetate, the Cardinal Bea Centre is dedicated to encourage the understanding of Judaism and the exploration of Jewish-Christian relations, in particular the development of a Christian theology that takes into account its Jewish roots.

The 2-year Postgraduate Degree Program at the Cardinal Bea Cenre includes courses in the areas of Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations, as well as interdisciplinary courses in Jewish-Christian History and Culture using the resources of the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and the Pontifical Oriental Institute.  Scholarship holders will receive library privileges and other services granted by these institutions.

Application requirements: Applicants Italian or from abroad, have to be maximum thirty years of age.  Admission requires a BA degree and sufficient knowledge of the Italian language (Italian language courses will be held at the Gregorian University before the beginning of the academic year).  The Cardinal Bea Centre may assist scholarship holders with housing arrangements in Rome.

Applicants are required to send to the following documents:

  1. A Personal Statement (approx. 500 words), explaining motivation and expectations with regard to the scholarship.
  2.  A Curriculum Vitae, giving details of education and language skills and any information the applicant considers relevant.
  3. A copy of identification
  4. Academic transcripts obtained during previous studies.
  5. A letter of reference from an Ecclesiastical or Academic authority.

Application deadline si May 30, 2016.  A decision will be announced by June 15, 2016.

Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies
Piazza della Pilotta, 4 00187 Rome, Italy


Christianity Underground: May 5 Seminar with N. Denzey Lewis, J. Dello Russo on the Catacombs of Rome

The Ethyle R.Wolfe Institute for the Humanities,
in cooperation with the Departments of History, Anthropology and Archaeology, Art, and Classics
Christianity Underground: Death, Ritual and the Catacombs of Ancient Rome

Thursday, May 5, 2016. 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Amersfort Lounge, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn College Student Center
Campus Road and East 27th Street

In this symposium, Professors Nicola Denzey Lewis and Jessica Dello Russo will consider the latest research on the Christian catacombs of ancient Rome. By presenting the results of their archaeological studies in Roman subterranean catacombs, both Professors Denzey Lewis and Dello Russo will reveal surprising features of Christian burial practices of earlier and later antiquity, which suggest otherwise unrecognized features of popular religion in ancient Rome and beyond.

Nicola Denzey Lewis is visiting associate professor of religious studies at Brown University, an International Catacomb Society director, and former Shohet fellow. She works on the intellectual and social history of Christianization in the context of the Roman Empire, with special attention to Gnosticism, “lived religion,” and practices around death and burial. The author of three books and one edited volume, Denzey Lewis’s next projects include Ordinary Christianity: Lived Religion in the Age of Constantine and another book on the early Modern invention of the “Christian” catacombs of Rome.

Jessica Dello Russo is executive director of the International Catacomb Society, a non-profit organization for the documentation of societies and cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, and a doctoral candidate at the Vatican’s Institute for Christian Archaeology in Rome.

For information: 718.951.5847 Twitter:


Vatican Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Archaeology in Rome

Vatican Scholarship for non-Italian students to pursue masters or doctoral studies in Christian Archaeology at the Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana in Rome, Italy.

The Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana (PIAC) is launching a three-year scholarship for non-Italian students to enroll in its master's or doctoral program in Christian Archaeology.  The sponsoring institution, the Vatican Secretary of State, will provide euro 9,000.00 annually for a period of three years, which includes tuition and study tours.

Students who are not Italian citizens may apply for this scholarship to attend either the PIAC's two-year Licentiate (Master's) program, plus the first year of the doctoral program or the three-year doctoral program.  More information about these programs is found here.

An excellent command of Italian, Greek, and Latin is required, as well as at least four years of university study for admission to the Licentiate degree or the equivalent of a Master's or Licentiate degree in Archaeology or a related discipline for admission to the PIAC's doctoral program.  The scholarship competition is also restricted to students under 35 years of age.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is May 31, 2016.

To apply, please send certified copies of the following to:

Rector of the Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana
viale Napoleone III, 1 00185, Rome, Italy

  1. Documentation of name, birthplace, residence, citizenship, and current contact information, including email
  2. University diplomas and transcripts (with grades)
  3. Copies of undergraduate and/or graduate theses and any published or unpublished works to be taken into consideration
  4. Curriculum vitae including research experience and language proficiency.
  5. Recommendation letter from at least one professor familiar with the applicant's academic work.
  6. Documentation of any activity in the field of archaeology, including excavations, participation in conferences, awards, publications, etc.
  7. Seven passport-size photographs.

All documents must be submitted in Italian or English.

Please refer to the PIAC website for all questions or clarifications about the application process.

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2016 Boston Area Roman Studies Conference (with ICS Director John Bodel)

2016 Boston Area Roman Studies Conference: Representations: the world of the word in Late Republican Rome (honoring Ann Vasaly)
Boston University, Department of Classical Studies, 745 Commonwealth Ave., B19, Boston MA 02215
Fri., Apr. 22, 2016, 3:15 – 7 p.m.
The conference is open to anyone interested and is free of charge. Following the conference is a dinner, and those wishing to attend must pre-register. The dinner charge is $30.00 ($20 for graduate students with school ID) and the registration deadline (for dinner only) is April 14, 2016. Register at:
Talks by:
Fred Ahl (Cornell University)
John Bodel (Brown University)
John Dugan (University at Buffalo (SUNY))
Mary Jaeger (University of Oregon)
Roundtable with Ann Vasaly
Sponsored by the Department of Classical Studies and the Boston University Center for the Humanities
For more information, contact Zsuzsa Varhelyi at or Melissa Parno at or 617-353-2427.

Archaeology Field School in the Catacombs of San Giovanni, Siracusa (June-July 2016)

Field School in Archaeology: Roman Catacombs of St. John (Syracuse, Sicily)
A fantastic opportunity to excavate in the Catacombs of Siracusa for a minimum of 2 weeks to a maximum of 8. Learn excavation techniques, documentation and cataloguing, 3D scanning and more.

Field Supervisors: Dr Ilenia Gradante & Dr Tiziana Gioacchina Ricciardi

2016 Season: June 6 to July 31

Application deadline: May 15 to:
Susi Kimbell (Sicily Center for International Education)
Palazzo Borgia, Via Pompeo Picherali 10
Siracusa, Sicily  Italy 96100
Telephone:  +39 446262

Anniversary celebration of the public opening of the Catacombs of Pietro and Marcellino in Rome on 17 April 2016


The Cavanis Institute and the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archaeology are celebrating the second year anniversary of the re-opening of the Catacombs of Marcellino and Pietro with a special conference by Mons. Ennio Apeciti, Rector of the Pontifical Lombard Seminary, on "Come Dio e l'Uomo si Raccontano."  This event will take place on Sunday, April 17 at 10 am at the Cavanis Institute on via Casilina, 600, Rome.  Please RSVP by April 10 to: or 339.652887.

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L’Istituto Cavanis e la Pontificia Commissione d’Archeologia Sacra festeggiano il secondo anno d’apertura al pubblico delle Catacombe dei SS. Marcellino e Pietro. Per ricordare questo evento siamo lieti di annunziare un incontro che si terrà domenica 17 Aprile alle ore 10.00 presso l’Istituto Cavanis in Via Casilina, 600.

La conferenza studio presenterà l'evento giubilare che si svolge ogni ultima domenica del mese nelle Catacombe dei SS. Marcellino e Pietro per tutto questo Anno Santo straordinario. Attraverso gli interventi dei relatori verranno illustrati approfondimenti storici, culturali e catechetici in relazione agli affreschi delle catacombe.

Nella stessa giornata della conferenza i partecipanti interessati potranno visitare nel pomeriggio le Catacombe dei SS. Marcellino e Pietro.
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Si chiede gentile conferma alla partecipazione.
E-mail: ̶ cell. 339.6528887

Si ricorda che le Catacombe dei SS. Marcellino e Pietro sono aperte tutti i giorni con prenotazione obbligatoria. Giovedì: giorno di chiusura.
I turni di visita stabiliti sono alle ore 10.00 – 11.00 – 14.00 – 15.00 – 16.00.

Il biglietto intero costa euro 8.00 e il biglietto ridotto costa euro 5.00.

La visita guidata è compresa nel biglietto d’ingresso.
Informazioni e prenotazioni: 339.6528887 – 06.2419446.

La segreteria delle Catacombe SS. Marcellino e Pietro - Mausoleo di Santa Elena

P.S. Ingresso libero fino ad esaurimento posti.
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Marginality and Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean World – Corcoran Chair Conference at Boston College 3-4 April 2016

The 2016 Corcoran Chair Conference - Marginality and Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean World
April 3-4, 2016 on the Boston College Chestnut Hill Campus (program).
This conference examines the idea of “hybrid identities” and its component terms—hybridity and
identity—by considering a selection of individuals and groups whose activities, allegiances,
and/or ideas straddle the boundaries constructed by ancient Jewish, Christian and pagan leaders. Free and open to the public.  RSVP to:

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Adele Reinhartz (University of Ottawa and Boston College)
Hybrid Identities in the Ancient Mediterranean World
Jonathan Klawans (Boston University), Respondent

2:00-2:30 p.m. Coffee break

2:30-4:00 p.m.
Yonder Gillihan (Boston College)
King Areios of Sparta Recalls the Discovery of Written Evidence for Spartan-Judean
Kinship (1 Makkabees 12:19-23)
Tessa Rajak (Oxford University)
How to Praise a Jewish Mother of Martyrs in a Greek City: The Panegyric in 4
Maccabees 15-16

4:00-4:30 p.m. Coffee break

4:30-6:00 p.m.
Karin Schlapbach (University of Ottawa)
Christian Dance and Ancient Mysteries (Acts of John)
Andrew Jacobs (Scripps College)
“Alone Among His Gens”: Jews, Christians, and the Hermeneutics of Conversion in a
Late Antique Inscription

6:00-6:30 p.m. Reception – all are invited
6:30-8:00 p.m. Dinner for presenters and invited guests

9:00-10:30 a.m.
Paula Fredriksen (Hebrew University)
Christ and Cosmos: God’s Kingdom as Conquest (1 Corinthians 15)
Maia Kotrosits (Denison University)
Subjects in Translation: Crises of Sovereignty and Language Between Life and Death
(the uses of Aramaic in the Gospel of Mark)

10:30-11:00 a.m. Coffee break

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Joshua Burns (Marquette University)
Passing and Failing: The Jewish Dilemma in Ancient Rome (Persius, Satires 5.176-184)
Steven Fine (Yeshiva University)
Between Titus, the Temple and Redemption: The Apostasy of Yosef Meshita (Genesis
Rabba 65, 26)

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30-3:00 p.m.
David Frankfurter (Boston University)
Between Christian and Hellene/Heathen/Local (Shenoute & Pseudo-Athanasius plus
terracotta images from 5th century Egypt)
Adele Reinhartz, Final Reflections