The 13th Biennial meeting of Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity: “Communal Responses to Local Disaster: Economic, Environmental, Political, Religious” March 14-17, 2019 at Clarmont-McKenna College, Claremont, CA.

The 13th Biennial meeting of Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity: “Communal Responses to Local Disaster: Economic, Environmental, Political, Religious” March 14-17, 2019 at Clarmont-McKenna College, Claremont, CA.

Source: The Society for Late Antiquity is pleased to announce the 13th biennial meeting of Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity, to be held at Claremont McKenna College, in Claremont, California. Specialists in art and archaeology, literature and philology, history and religious studies, working on topics from the 3rd to the 8th century CE, are invited to submit paper proposals. Scholars with any related interest are invited to attend.

The 2019 meeting will examine the impact of disasters on late-antique communities, including their susceptibility to disaster, the means by which they coped, and factors that increased resilience and facilitated recovery from disasters. In order to foster the thematic breadth and interdisciplinary perspective for which Shifting Frontiers is known, we invite papers concerned with the full range of traumatic events, and also long-term processes, that could distress communities: economic, environmental, political and religious. The aim of this conference is to move beyond the descriptive and stimulate analytical and theoretical approaches to understanding how distressed communities behaved in the short and long term.

Local communities developed daily and seasonal rhythms to mitigate vulnerabilities and fragility. The dread of disaster shaped the late-antique psyche and, in some ways, the cultural landscape of communities. And disasters of various kinds had a wide range of impacts, depending upon severity and the nature of communal resilience. We encourage papers to consider the extent to which the economic, cultural, political or religious resources of communities (or their lack) determined levels of susceptibility, impact, response or resilience. To what extent do late-antique sources acknowledge vulnerability and fragility? What mechanisms created durability and resilience? What were the emotional and intellectual responses to disaster? Does an awareness of the psychological impact of fragility and disaster alter our interpretation of various forms of evidence in Late Antiquity?

We are also pleased to announce that the keynote lectures will be given by Kyle Harper (University of Oklahoma) and Laura Nasrallah (Harvard University).

Potential topics include:

Economic trauma and its impact (fiscal, commercial, etc.)
Environmental distress and disaster relief (volcanos, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.)
Attitudes toward the environment owing to fragility and the potential for disaster
Alimentary and agricultural disasters (famine, drought, interrupted shipping)
Urban disasters (fires, rioting, siege)
Military disasters on the battlefield
Philosophical and ethical notions of mortality, inevitability and causation connected to disaster
Rhetorical exploitation and literary responses to, or explorations of disaster
Philological footprints in language and idiom related to disaster
Representations of, and psychological responses to disaster in art
Archaeological and architectural evidence of disasters
Religious explanations of disaster and liturgical and cultic responses
Differentiation between sudden, cataclysmic and long-term, slow moving disasters
The memory of specific events

Proposals for 20-minute presentations should clearly explain the relationship of the paper to the conference theme, describe the evidence to be examined and offer tentative conclusions. Abstracts of no more than 500 words (not including optional bibliography) should be submitted by October 1, 2018. Please submit abstracts as a Word document attached to an email to both Shane Bjornlie ( and Michelle Berenfeld ( Please do not embed proposals in the text of the email. The conference steering committee will review all proposals, starting October 1, with accepted papers receiving notification by November 15. Due to budgetary constraints, bursaries for expenses will not be available, although conference registration fees will be waived for participants presenting papers and for the chairs of sessions. Registration for all other participants will be $100 US.

Conference Schedule:

Initial call for papers: March 1, 2018
Second call for papers: September 1, 2018
Abstracts due: October 1, 2018
Notification of participants: November 15, 2018
Program published on website with conference instructions and
open registration for participants not presenting papers: December 1, 2018
Conference convenes: March 14, 2019
Principal conference organizer:

Shane Bjornlie (Claremont McKenna College)
Conference steering committee:

Michelle Berenfeld (Pitzer College)
Cavan Concannon (University of Southern California)
Beth Digeser (UC Santa Barbara)
Nicola Denzey Lewis (Claremont Graduate University)
Michele Salzman (UC Riverside)
Edward Watts (UC San Diego)
Ken Wolf (Pomona College)
*Please consult this page in December for information on travel and lodging, local restaurants, the payment of registration fees and the complete conference program.

Seminar on Immanuel of Rome at the Shalom Spiegel Institute of Medieval Hebrew Poetry (JTS/NYC)

The Shalom Spiegel Institute Summer Seminar in Medieval Hebrew Poetry: Weeklong Seminar on Immanuel of Rome in New York City

The Shalom Spiegel Institute of Medieval Hebrew Poetry at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, is pleased to announce that it will hold a one-week intensive seminar in medieval Hebrew poetry dedicated to the work of Immanuel of Rome (c. 1265-1335) from June 25-29, 2018 at the Seminary. The week will include daily seminars with leading scholars on various aspects of Immanuel’s work (Hebrew and Italian poetry and prose, biblical exegesis) as well as opportunities for developing skills in the close reading of medieval Hebrew texts. The seminar will meet for morning and afternoon sessions Monday through Friday.

The program is intended to supplement academic programs that offer medieval Jewish studies or Hebrew literature but do not provide courses in which medieval Hebrew poetry and belles lettres are read in the original. It is also expected to benefit students and faculty who have had access to such courses, but whose academic work would benefit from more intensive training in this area. In addition to its pedagogic goals, the seminar is intended to advance the field of “Immanuel Studies.”

Raymond Scheindlin, Director Emeritus, Shalom Spiegel Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Jonathan Decter, Brandeis University Dana Fishkin, Touro College

Featured Presenters: Tovi Bibring (Bar Ilan University), Dvora Bregman (Ben Gurion University), Yehuda Halper (Bar Ilan University), Isabelle Levy (Columbia University), Revital Rafael-Vivante (Bar ilan University), James Robinson (University of Chicago).

How to Apply:
To apply, write a letter of no more than two pages covering the following points:
1. Describe your academic program and interests, explaining how some study of medieval Hebrew poetry might relate to your work.
2. Describe your knowledge of Hebrew, particularly a. your ability to read academic prose; b. your familiarity with such classical texts as the Bible, Talmud, or medieval literature.
3. Provide the name and e-mail address of an academic mentor who is familiar with your program of study and your language skills and who can evaluate your academic performance. Recommendations will only be requested on an individual basis if deemed necessary.
Letters should be received by March 15, 2018 and should be addressed to Professor Dana Fishkin (
Applicants who are accepted to the program will be notified by March 25, 2018.
For further questions, please write Jonathan Decter ( or Dana Fishkin (

Daily Life in Ancient Athens: A View from the Agora: 2018 Brettman Memorial Lecture at Boston’s MFA on March 7

Daily Life in Ancient Athens: A View from the Agora
2018 Brettman Memorial Lecture by John Mck. Camp II
Free and open to the public (museum admission by voluntary contribution after 3 p.m.).

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161)
Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA

Join John Mck. Camp II, director of the Agora Excavations, Athens; and Niarchos Foundation Professor of Classics, Randolph-Macon College for this year’s Estelle Shohet Brettman Memorial lecture. Entitled Daily Life in Ancient Athens: A View from the Agora, his talk explores recent excavations, inscriptions, and ancient sources that illustrate the varied daily activities in the Athenian agora, the center of the city.

Event notice:
This event is part of the annual lecture series at the MFA that the ICS permanently endowed in 2005. Admission is free, but space is limited in the auditorium. Please RSVP to:
617-369-3259 or here for tickets.

17th International Congress of Christian Archaeology – Program of Speakers

The speakers' program for the 17th International Congress of Christian Archaeology is online at The conference will be held from 1-7 July 2018 at Utrecht University and Radboud University, Nijmegen. The sessions primarily address the overarching theme of "Frontiers: The Transformation and Christianization of the Roman Empire Between Center and Periphery". ICS Vice President, Prof. Annewies van den Hoek, is on the Dutch Organizing Committee. She, along with ICS advisors Dr. John Herrmann and Prof. Zeev Weiss, will present at the congress, co-organized by another ICS advisor, Prof. Sible L. de Blaauw. The preliminary program for speakers is copied below. For all other information, and to register, please visit the official website at:



Arrival of participants

Visit to the excavations and churches of Utrecht

MONDAY JULY 2, 2018: Akademiegebouw, Domplein 29, City Center, Utrecht

9:00-9:30 Welcome

9:30-10:30 Opening keynote: Neil Christie and David Petts

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Egypt

Pleşa, Alexandra Daniela / Brand, Mattias, Christians in the archaeological record? Revisiting the relation between religious identification and funerary patterns in late antique Egypt

Karel, Innemee, From Proconessos to Sketis: Marble Architectural Sculptures and Their Origin

Massa, Serena, Le origini del cristianesimo nell’Africa subsahariana: le testimonianze archeologiche di Adusi

Castiglia, Gabriele, Adulis (Eritrea): la formazione di una topografia cristiana e lo scavo della chiesa orientale

Higgins, Sabrina C., Mary, the Apocrypha and the Construction of a Visual Identity in Late Antique Egypt

Discussion (15 minutes)

12:30-13:45 Lunch

13:45- 15:15 Syria and Mesopotamia

Brands, Gunnar, Late antique sculpture from Antioch – ‘A lost ancient city’ revisited

Kas Hanna, Elie Essa, La chiesa di Qirq Bize: un’analisi architettonica e una riflessione topografica

Crostini, Barbara, Between the Pillar and the Cross: Stylite Saints in Late-Antique Perceptio

Buzi, Paola/Borgia, Emanuela/David, Massimiliano/Stasolla, Francesca Romana, Il cristianesimo negli agglomerati fortificati secondari di frontiera. Limes orientale

Felle, Antonio Enrico, Scutum fidei. Bible quotations inscribed along the Byzantine limes (Syria and Africa)

Discussion (15 minutes)

15:15-15:45 Tea break

15:45- 17:45 Roman and Byzantine Palestine

Zissu, Boaz, Early Christian Churches and Rock-Cut Tombs at Horvat Midras, Israel

Hamarneh, Basema, The Christianization of Roman Frontier in the Levant: Functions, Identities, and Transformations. Some Case Studies from Arabia and Palaestina (4th – 8th centuries)

Ben-Ami Doron/Tchekhanovets, Yana, Les derniers païennes? Fourth-century Jerusalem in the light of the new archaeological data

Rist, Josef, Dichtung und Wahrheit: Die Christianisierung des spätantiken Gaza nach der Vita Porphyrii (BHG 1570) des Marcus Diaconus

Weiss, Zeev, Christianizing the Cities of the Galilee: The Archaeological Evidence

Ashkenazi, Jacob, Economic growth and religious materiality in Christian Galilee in Late Antiquity

Goldfus, Haim/Arubas, Benny, From Farmstead to Monastery – The Archaeological Site at Hatzerim Air Base, Israel

Pappalardo, Carmelo, Umm al-Rasas e il Limes Arabicus nella regione di Madaba in Giordania tra VI e VII secolo: topografia di una frontiera in trasformazione

17:45-18:00 Break

18:00-19:00 Persia, Armenia, and Georgia

Verstegen, Ute, Archäologische Zeugnisse der “Kirche des Ostens” – Forschungsstand und Forschungsfragen

Studer-Karlen, Manuela, Georgia as site of cultural interactions: The church setting

Finster, Barbara, Some remarks on the churches at Qusayr/Governatorate Kerbela (Iraq)

Discussion (15 minutes)

1900-21:00 Welcome Reception for Participants and Invited Guests in the Pandhof Courtyard of Utrecht Cathedral.

TUESDAY JULY 3, 2018: Akademiegebouw, Domplein 29, City Center, Utrecht

8:45-9:45 Roman North Africa

van den Hoek, Annewies, The Reaper, a Wandering Therapeutic Image

Antonelli, Sonia/Somma, Maria Carla/ Spanu, Pier Giorgio, Il cristianesimo negli agglomerati fortificati secondari di frontiera. Limes africano.

Perrin, Michael-Yves, Le dossier de “l’épigraphie donatiste”. Un réexamen.

Discussion (15 minutes)

9:45-10:15 Posters: Flash Presentations

10:15-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-13:00 Center and Periphery I

Bisconti, Fabrizio, Lontano da Roma: arte cristiana di confine nella tarda antichità

Noga-Banai, Galit, Damasus of Rome and Cyril of Jerusalem: A Comparative Note between Center and Periphery

Vella, Alessandro, Nuove considerazioni in merito alla diffusione del culto di san Magno tra il Lazio e l’Europa settentrionale

Benoci, Domenico, Le iscrizioni funerarie della Schola Frisonum in Vaticano

Ricci, Alessandra, Re-assessing an intricate relationship: archaeology, hagiography and the suburbs of Constantinople

Peirano, Diego, The Monastery of Western Asia Minor in the 6th Century between Centre and Periphery

Nicolaou, Doria, The frontier status of the island of Cyprus in the 7th century through the church building activity

Aiello, Cristian, Habitare: un dialogo mediterraneo. Ville residenziali e luoghi di culto nella Sicilia e nell’Africa tardoantica

Sgarlata, Mariarita, I cimiteri di comunità tra Siracusa e Malta: sistemi funerari e organizzazione dello spazio ai confini dell’impero

13:00-14:15 Lunch

14:15-16:00 Center and Periphery II

Zimmermann, Norbert, Wandernde Bilder. Vom Zentrum in die Peripherie oder ungekehrt?

Marsili, Giulia, Archaeology of stone workshops in Late Antiquity, between centre and periphery

Krauze-Kołodziej, Aleksandra, Amphitrite as the goddess queen of the sea on “iconographical frontiers”. The transformation and Christianization of the motif

Hermann, John, Coptic influence in Mediterranean Painted Pottery

Bonnet, Charles/Brulet, Raymond/Perinetti, Renato, Chronologie des aménagements liturgiques dans les premières cathédrales: les examples d’Aoste, Genève et Tournai

Casartelli Novelli, Silvana, Fuori Roma, non senza Roma: il claustrum canonicorum di St. Pierre aux Nonnains di Metz

Discussion (15 minutes)

16:00-16:30 Tea break

16:30-17:45 Public Session: The Destruction of Christian Heritage in the Near East: 5 papers, TBA

Discussion (15 minutes)

17:45-18:00 Break

18:00-19:15 Frontiers and Migrations

Glad, Damien, Supplying the army given the context of social hierarchies change in Gallia Belgica and Illyricum (5th-6th centuries)

Macias, Josep M./Ribera, Albert V./Rosselló, Miquel, El asentamiento fortificado de València la Vella (Riba-roja de Túria, Valencia), un importante enclave de la frontera visigoda

Martorelli, Rossana/Muresu, Marco/Soro, Laura, Sardinia and Corsica: borderlands or exile destinations? Settlement outcomes of devotional routes during the Vandal age

De Pasca, Valentina, A new context and a new function for a carved ivory pyx

Discussion (15 minutes)

WEDNESDAY JULY 4, 2018: Akademiegebouw, Domplein 29, City Center, Utrecht

9:00-10:45 Novitates I

Brandt, Olof, Nuove ricerche sulla cappella di San Venanzio nel battistero lateranense

Langer, Michael, Neue Überlegungen und Befunde zum ersten Kapitel von Tiberio Alfaranos “De basilicae Vaticanae antiquissima et nova structura”

Fiocchi Nicolai, Vincenzo, Una nuova fronte d’altare dal santuario dei Martiri Greci a Roma

Del Buono, Giulio, Le fasi medievali di S. Giovanni all’Isola (poi S. Giovanni Calibita) all’Isola Tiberina

Ebanista, Carlo/Bisconti, Fabrizio, Novità dalla catacomba di S. Efebo a Napoli: gli ultimi scavi e i recenti restauri

De Santis, Paola, Il complesso catacombale di Canusium (loc. Lamapopoli, Italia): nuove acquisizioni da recenti indagini

Menghini, Cristina, La cristianizzazione in provincia di Arezzo: l’evoluzione religiosa di un territorio attraverso risorse sociali, economiche e naturali

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-12:45 Meeting to determine venue CIAC 2022

Transfer to Nijmegen

LATE AFTERNOON: Visit to the city and monuments of Nijmegen

THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2018: Linneaeugebouw, Heyendaalse Weg 137, University Campus, Nijmegen

9:00-10:45 Germania

Mersch et al., An attempt to locate the late civitas in Neuss

Faccani, Guido, Kathedrale des 1. Jahrtausends: St. Johannis in Mainz

Gairhos, Sebastian, Auf der Suche nach dem verlorenen Bischof. Zur Bedeutung der raetischen Provinhauptstadt Augusta/Augsburg in der Spätantike

Kuhnle, Gertrud/Ristow, Sebastian, Römer, Alamannen, Franken – Spätantikes und frühmittelalterliches Christentum in der Grenzregion des Oberrheins

Stockinger, Ulrich, Seeing through a Millstone. Andernach/Antunnacum and its surroundings from Late Antiquity to Early Middle Ages

Vanderhoeven, Alain, Excavations in the Church of Our Lady in Tongeren (Belgium)

Discussion (15 minutes)

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-12:45 Poster Flash Presentations and poster session

12:45-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 The British Isles

Petts, David, New Light on Early Monasticism in Northern Britain AD 400-700

Moskvina, Anastasia, Alignment and axiality in Anglo-Saxon church groups

Nuzzo, Donatella/Covello, Luisa, Il cristianesimo negli aggloberati fortificati secondari di frontiera. Limes britannico e renano

Busset, Anouk, Making space into a place’: the spatial organisation of early Christian carved stones

Talbot, Thomas, Domnach Mór Maige Áine: Conversion within a royal landscape

Discussion (15 minutes)

15:30-16:00 Tea break

16:00-17:15 Gallia

Diniz, Lilian R. G., “In-between” identity: individuating religious hybridity in material culture during the conversion period in Gaul, Hispania and Britannia

Finney, Paul C., Did Avitus’ signet ring text prompt the creation of a new early-Christian episcopal insigne?

Garrisi, Alessandro/Colella, Michela Flavia, La topografia cristiana di Treviri dal IV al VII secolo

Löx, Markus, Palatia in transition

17:15-17:45 Break

17:45-19:00 Iberia

Heras Mora, Francisco Javier, La domus de la “Puerta de la Villa” e gli inizi del Cristianesimo emeritense

i Lacomba, Ribera,Vincent, Albert, Modulación, evolución y reconstrucción del grupo episcopal de Valentia (Hispania)

Sales Carbonell, Jordina/Contreras Rodrigo, Fernando/Macías Fernández, Ismael, Sanisera (Sanitja, Minorca) during the Late Antiquity: A Worship Centre on the halfway between Africa and Hispania

Gonçalves, Rodrigues/ Jorge, Luis /Matos Pereira, Cláudia, Art and Christian archaeology in Lusitânia: the beginnings of Christianity in the region of Arrábida (Portugal)

Discussion (15 minutes)

FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2018: Linneaeugebouw, Heyendaalse Weg 137, University Campus, Nijmegen

9:00-10:30 The Balkans I

Spera, Lucrezia/Gargano, Ivan/Lizzani, Federico, Il cristianesimo negli agglomerati fortificati secondari di frontiera. Limes danubiano

Achim, Irina Adriana, Monuments chrétiens aux confins de l’Empire: la frontière du Bas-Danube

Gandila, Andrei, Religion and politics: sixth-century Christianity beyond the Lower Danube frontier

Braconi, Matteo, Identità religiosa, rango sociale e tensione oltremondana dell’élite tardoantica in area balcanica. Gli indicatori sociali della decorazione dei monumenti funerari di diritto private

Topalilov, Ivo, Contra arianos? On some archaeological evidence from Thrace

Discussion (15 minutes)

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:15 The Balkans II

Hudák, Krisztina/Neményi, Réka/Nagy, Levente, Recent research on Early Christian Archaeology in Hungary in the 21th century

Heinrich-Tamaska Orsolya, Between valley and hill: Church and settement during the Late Antiquity in Pannonia and Noricum

Jeremić, Gordana, The traces of Early Christianity in Serbia

Khrushkova, Liudmila G., The Mangup basilica and the Christianization of the mountainous areas of the South-West Crimea in the Early Byzantine period

Discussion (15 minutes)

12:15-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 Pilgrims and Saints Across Borders

Pergola, Philippe/Castiglia, Gabriele, Isole e frontiere: i limites vandalo, bizantino e longobardo in Sardegna, Corsica e nelle Baleari, in rapporto alla topografia Cristiana

Scandurra, Carmelo, Siracusa e la Sicilia sud-orientale fra archeologia e agiografia: il ruolo del Mediterraneo come “frontiera liquida” fra Oriente e Occidente

Bianchi, Davide, Local worship on the limes arabicus: monks and saints between Palaestina and Arabia

Pietrobono, Sabrina, Il Cristianesimo ‘di frontiera’ visto da Roma: santi pellegrini dalle Isole Britanniche in Italia

dell’Osso, Carlo, The spread of Christianity beyond the limes: soldiers and merchants. Notes from Christian sources

Discussion (15 minutes)

15:00-15:35 Tea break

15:30- 17:15 Novitates II

Paranou, Anna, Auf der Spur der Chrisianisierung Griechenlands

Dzidrova, Ljubinka, Along the Edge – East and West , Stobi – The Metropolitan Seat of Provincia Macedonia II at the end of Antiquity

Snively, Carolyn S., The 6th Century Episcopal Complex of Golemo Gradište, Konjuh, R. Macedonia

Baldini, Isabella, Church buildings as Islamic shrines in Seventh Century Aegean

Joseph, Patrich, A Digital Corpus of Early Christian Churches and Monasteries in the Holy Land

Van Strydonk, Mark/Boudin, Mathieu/Ramis, Damià, Differences in dietary habits between Muslims and Christians on the Balearic Islands based on stable isotope data

Hendriks, Joep/den Braven, Arjan, Nijmegen before Charlemagne. Comments on the continuity of the oldest town in the Netherlands

17:15-17:45 Break

17:45-18:00 Award Poster Prize

18:00-19:00 Closing keynote lecture by Jas Elsner, title TBA


Excursions to the catacombs at Valkenburg, to Maastricht and to Xanten


RACTA 2018 – Ricerche di Archeologia Cristiana, Tard’Antichità e Alto Medioevo: Colloquio internazionale tra dottorandi e dottori di ricerca (Roma, 5-7 febbraio 2018)

Ricerche di Archeologia Cristiana, Tard'Antichità e Alto Medioevo
Colloquio internazionale tra dottorandi e dottori di ricerca
Roma, 5-7 febbraio 2018
Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana,  Via Napoleone III, 1—Roma (A3programma_RACTA2018)


Lunedì 5 febbraio 2018

13:00 Registrazione

14:00 Apertura dei lavori Rettore prof. Danilo Mazzoleni & Prof.ssa Carla Salvetti

Modera prof. Olof Brandt
14:25 Riccardo Consoli (Università degli Studi Mediterranei di Reggio Calabria) - Nuove considerazioni sul monastero di S. Ponziano, Spoleto (PG)
14:40 Yann Bonfand (Université Grenobles - Alpes) - Du choeur au narthex, les remplois antiques de Saint Laurent à Grenoble
14:55 Davide Bianchi (Institut für Klassische Archäologie – Universität Wien) - Sepoltura e devozione: una nuova scoperta nel Memoriale di Mosè sul Monte Nebo
15:10 Lucia Orlandi (Università di Bologna) - Note sull’utilizzo delle vasche accessorie ai fonti battesimali del Mediterra- neo tardoantico (IV-VII sec.)
15:25 Discussione
15:55 Coffee break

Modera prof. Federico Guidobaldi
16:15 Antonio Pio Di Cosmo (Universidad de Còrdoba)- Architettura del potere ed “evento morte”. I Santi Apostoli: un esperimento del “teatro del potere”
16:30 Bianca Hermanin (Sapienza Università di Roma) - “de Templi custodibus unus”: Tiberio Alfarano e il Capitolo di San Pietro durante il pontificato di Gregorio XIII (1572-1585)
16:45 Aleksandra Medennikova (Università Statale Lomonosov di Mosca) - La rappresentazione dell’architettura e dello spazio nell’arte paleocristiana
16:30 Coffee break
17:00 Discussione

Martedì 6 febbraio 2018

Modera prof. Danilo Mazzoleni
13:00 Raquel Rubio Gonzalez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) - Haec est porta caeli et haec est domus Dei (Gen, 28, 17): un pavimento con iscrizione musiva cristiana a Bulla Regia (Tùnez)
13:15 Cristian Mondello (Università di Messina) - ‘D N IHV XPS DEI FI-LIVS’. Osservazioni preliminari sui tokens con le- genda ‘ASINA’
13:30 Noé Conejo Delgado (Universidad de Sevilla) - La moneda en el mundo rural romano lusitano: reflexiones sobre su uso
13:45 Sybille E. Schneiders (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) - Baculus Pastoralis. Bischofs- und Abtsstäbe des 5. bis.12. Jh. in Irland und auf dem Kontinent
14:00 Discussione

14:15 Sessione Poster

Modera prof. Fabrizio Bisconti
15:15 Marko Jelusic (Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften - Albert-Ludwigs- Universität Freiburg) Artists or archivists? A Late Antique tomb sheds new light on the source value of the Notitia Dignitatum
15:30 Jacopo Gnisci (University of Hamburg) - The Canon Tables and Evangelist portraits in the Garima Gospels
15:45 Luise Schintlemeister (Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut / Öster- reichische Akademie der Wissenschaften) - Glass of a Late Antique-Medieval urban quarter in Ephesus (Turkey)
16:00 Cristina Cumbo (Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana) - Vetri dorati e lastre incise: alcuni casi interessati dalle cd. gammadiae
16:15 Discussione

16:30 Coffee break

Modera prof. Olof Brandt
16:45 Aneta Gil (Institut Für Klassische Archäologie und Christliche Archäologie -WWU Münster) - Die Mittelalterlichen Malereien von Sant’Aspreno in Neapel: der Versuch einer Rekonstruktion
17:00 Alessandra Avagliano (Sapienza Università di Roma) - Nuove considerazioni sulla produzione scultorea di età altomedievale a Salerno
17:15 Claudia Di Bello (Sapienza Università di Roma) - La scultura post-giustinianea oltre Costantinopoli: gli schemi decorativi tra modelli e nuove formule
17:30 Elsa Roux (Université Aix-Marseille) - Modalités du démantlèment et de remploi des décors marmoréens à Vaison- la-Romaine, Vaucluse, France (IIIe - Ve siècle)
17:45 Discussione

Mercoledì 7 febbraio 2018

Modera prof. Vincenzo Fiocchi Nicolai
13:00 Marco Ciliberti (Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana) - L’ipogeo cosiddetto “B” della collina della Maddalena a Venosa (PZ)
13:15 Jessica Dello Russo (Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana) - A higher distinction. Tombs of Jews in Ancient Rome in their broader topo- graphical settings
13:30 Begoña Fernandez Rojo (Universidad de Leòn) - El papel del cristianismo como elemento de construcciòn identitaria en la Lusitania de los siglos VI y VII
13:45 Nicolò Pini (Universität Köln) - Spatial organisation and social structures in the Late Byzantine – Early Islamic Near East
14:00 Discussione

14:15 Coffee break

Modera prof.ssa Lucrezia Spera
14:30 Roberta Ruotolo (Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana) - Ostia tardoantica e altomedievale. Topografia cristiana della città e del suburbio
14:45 Alessandro Melega (Sapienza Università di Roma) - Le ultime fasi di vita del mitraismo ostiense: nuove indagini archeologiche
15:00 Alessandra Cicogna (Sapienza Università di Roma) - Continuità di vita e trasformazioni di un sistema difensivo tra l’età tar- doantica e l’altomedioevo: il caso di Tivoli
15:15 Davide Mastroianni (Università degli Studi di Sassari) - Dinamiche territoriali e trasformazioni insediative tra l’età tardoantica e l’età altomedievale in Abruzzo. Il caso di Campli (TE)
15:30 Discussione

Modera prof. don Carlo dell’Osso
15:45 Antonio Tagliente (Università degli Studi di Salerno) - Fortificazioni e controllo del territorio nel Principato longobardo di Salerno: l’esempio della media valle del Sele (secc. IX-X)
16:00 Alessia Frisetti (Sapienza Università di Roma) - Il cristianesimo nella media valle del Volturno. Fonti, strutture e tecniche edilizie (secc. V-X )
16:15 Marco Campese (Università degli Studi di Foggia) - Insediamenti urbani e rurali della Puglia centrale tra l'età tardoantica e la conquista normanna
16:30 Discussione

16:45-18:00 Aperitivo

VENDITA PROMOZIONALE pubblicazioni PIAC (sconto 50%) 5-7 febbraio 2018

La vendita promozionale delle pubblicazioni PIAC proseguirà in occasione del colloquio internazionale Ricerche di Archeologia Cristiana, TardAntichità e AltoMedioevo Roma, 5-7 febbraio 2018 (RACTAlibri)


Catacomb Discoveries at Cava Porcaro, Comiso, Sicily

(Source: Quotidiano di Ragusa): A sixth burial cave or catacomb has been recovered in the Parco Archeologico Naturalistico di Cava Porcaro, Valle dell'Ippari, outside of the town of Comiso (RG) in Sicily. The elliptical cavern measuring about 8x8 meters contains several arcosolia. It was surveyed in the 1940's (Rivista di Archeologia Cristiana, 1945), but has not been subject to further study. The authors of the discovery are a group of students from the IISS "G. Carducci" of Comiso. Visitor information at:  An amulet in gold with Hebrew phrases from the Late Ancient or Byzantine period, discovered in the San Leonardo neighborhood of Comiso in 1876, is now on display in the Syracuse Archaeological Museum, "Paolo Orsi".

Rothschild Foundation Funds International Project to Digitize Jewish Inscriptions (PEACE)

Source link: The Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe has awarded a grant to the digital humanities project PEACE: Portal of Epigraphy, Archaeology, Conservation and Education on Jewish Funerary Culture (link). The project will provide an open-access digital platform for research on Judaism from Antiquity to the present in different areas of Eretz-Israel and the Diaspora. The project partners are Utrecht University, the Epidat project of the Steinheim Institute (Germany) and the Inscriptions of Israel/Palestine project of Brown University (USA). For information on PEACE, contact the Project Directors, Prof. Leonard Rutgers at: and Prof. Ortal-Paz Saar at: 

Image from L. V. Rutgers et al, "Reconfiguring Diaspora: The Transformation of the Jewish Diaspora in Antiquity":

Menorah and Cross – CFP: SBL/AAR (November 17-20, 2018)

The SBL Program Unit on "Art and Religions of Antiquity" is co-sponsoring with the SBL Early Jewish-Christian Relations Program Unit a review session at the 2018 SBL Annual Meeting of Robin M. Jensen's The Cross (2017) and Steven Fine's The Menorah (2016). Prof. Jensen (Notre Dame) is an ICS Vice President and Prof. Fine (Yeshiva University) was awarded a Shohet Scholarship in 2015. The call for papers from the session organizers is below. A full list of SBL 2018 CFP is here (link).

Call For Papers: For the 2018 Annual Meeting in Denver, the Art and Religions of Antiquity Program Unit is offering two sessions, including one OPEN SESSION. We are co-sponsoring a review session with the Early Jewish-Christian Relations Program Unit discussing Robin Jensen's, The Cross: History, Art, Controversy, and Steven Fine's, The Menorah: From the Bible to Modern Israel. The session will include panelists as well as a response and discussion with both authors. We also a sponsoring an open paper session organized by the theme Ritual and Sacred Space. For this session, we ideally seek papers that discuss ways that architecture, spatial features, or any religious environment channel ritual movement or ritual stages, or demarcate audiences from principal performers. Papers that address liturgical development through the lens of material culture are welcome as well.
Program Unit Chairs (Art and Religions of Antiquity): Felicity Harley-McGowan, Yale University (; Lee M. Jefferson, Center College ( Program Unit Chairs (Early Jewish-Christian Relations): Eric C. Smith, Iliff School of Theology (; Shira L. Lander, Southern Methodist University (


CFP – Novel Saints. Novel, Hagiography and Romance from the 4th to the 12th Century. International Conference at Ghent University (22-24 November 2018)

CFP - Novel Saints. Novel, Hagiography and Romance from the 4th to the 12th Century
International Conference organized at Ghent University by Flavia Ruani and Koen De Temmerman Het Pand,
Thursday 22nd-Saturday 24th November 2018
Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Prof. Kate Cooper, Royal Holloway, University of London; Prof. Stratis Papaioannou, Brown University

The early history of the novel has not been written yet. The oldest representatives of this genre (also called ‘ancient romances’ in scholarship) were written in Latin and Greek in the first few centuries of the Common Era. Often, scholars have observed an interim period between the fourth and twelfth centuries from which no novels are said to have been preserved, and identify a so-called ‘re-emergence’ of the genre in Byzantium. Building on recent research that studies hagiography as literature, this conference of the ERC project Novel Saints (Ghent University) aims to challenge this view by studying hagiography as a continuation of novelistic literature during the so-called ‘dark age’ of the novel. A number of texts from this period have already received attention for their novelistic qualities, such as Ps-Nilus’ Narrationes, Ammonius’ Report on the Slaughter of the Monks of Sinai and Rhaithou, the Historia Monachorum, Palladius’ Historia Lausiaca, The Martyrdom of Galaction & Episteme, Jerome’s Lives of Malchus, Paul and Hilarion, and the Syriac Life of Abraham and his Niece Mary. Moreover, both ancient fiction and some of these (and other) hagiographical narratives are known to have impacted medieval romance (e.g. Metiochus and Parthenope as a source for the Persian love romance Vāmiq & ‘Adhrā and the Life of Saint Eustace/Placidas for chivalric romance in the West).

The conference aims to examine the persistence of ancient novelistic material in hagiography and instances of continuity of novelistic and/or hagiographical strands in medieval romances in the West, Byzantium and Persia. We invite papers exploring intersections between two or three of the following narrative traditions:
1) ancient novelistic fiction (broadly defined), including Greek novels (both extant and fragmentarily preserved; e.g. Ninus, Achilles Tatius’ Leucippe and Clitophon, Heliodorus’ Aethiopica, etc.), Latin novels (Apuleius’ Metamorphoses, Petronius’ Satyrica and the Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri), Jewish novels (e.g. the Book of Tobit, Joseph and Aseneth) and so-called ‘fringe novels’ or ‘novelistic biographies’ (i.e. the Alexander Romance, the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, the Pseudo-Clementines, Philostratus’ Life of Apollonius of Tyana, the Life of Aesop, etc.); and/or
2) hagiography from the fourth to the twelfth century, including Lives, Martyr Acts, hagiographical romances, and edifying tales written in Greek, Latin, Syriac, Arabic, Armenian, Georgian, Ethiopian and Coptic; and/or
3) medieval romance in the West, Byzantium or Persia.

Of particular interest are contributions that study:
• ancient fiction as a literary model in hagiography alongside other models (such as the Bible);
• different forms and types of the impact/relevance of the novelistic tradition on/for hagiographical texts: intertextuality, direct or indirect borrowings, common narrative techniques, generic topoi, etc.;
• conceptualizations of overlaps and similarities between novels and hagiography. Which theoretical concepts, tools or frameworks are useful to do so?
• evidence of the circulation of ancient fiction in Oriental Christian literatures like Syriac, Arabic, Armenian, Georgian, Ethiopian, and Coptic, which can lend support to discussions of the impact of the ancient novel on the hagiographical production in those languages;
• late antique and medieval literary practice: the role(s) of schools, classical education, ancient rhetoric, metaphrasis for the composition of hagiographical texts; hagiographers as students or readers of ancient prose fiction; etc.;
• implications of persistences of ancient pagan or Jewish fiction into Christian hagiography (or vice versa in the case of later novels, such as Heliodorus’ Aethiopica): religious implications, literary implications; implications for the concepts of fiction at work, etc.;
• the continuation of hagiographical narrative traditions into medieval Western and Eastern romance;
• generic awareness: which are markers in hagiography that proclaim awareness of the novelistic tradition, indicate affinity with and/or a distance from it (or vice versa in the case of later novels)? To what extent and how do writers of novels, hagiography and/or romance present themselves as belonging to a particular genre and/or narrative tradition?
• the usefulness of the concept of genre: how useful is our current generic classification, labelling texts as ‘novels,’ ‘romance’ or otherwise, and establishing and promoting distinctions between ‘novels,’ ‘romance,’ ‘fictional biography’ and ‘hagiography;’ between ‘core novels,’ ‘fringe novels;’ ‘family romances,’ and ‘hagiographical romances;’ between ‘epic passions’ and ‘historical passions,’ etc.? Are there alternative ways to think about and study these texts and their interrelations?

Please send your abstracts to Flavia Ruani (<>) by 15 April 2018. Abstracts (350 words max, in English or French) should include name, title of proposed paper, affiliation, and position. Notification about participation will be emailed by 15 June 2018.

For further queries, please contact or
Prof. dr. K. De Temmerman
Ghent University | Dept. of Literary Studies – Classics | Blandijnberg 2 | B-9000 Ghent | Belgium

Faculty Position in the field of Graeco-Roman Classical Art, Tel Aviv University

Faculty Position in the field of Graeco-Roman Classical Art, Tel Aviv University
Art History Department, Tel Aviv University
Application deadline: Feb 28, 2018

The Department of Art History invites applications for a position in the field of Graeco-Roman Classical Art, with preference for candidates experienced in Graeco-Roman visual culture in the Land of Israel. Candidates should have research ability in the field of archaeology and material culture in the Ancient World.

The position involves teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Classical art, and requires instructing MA and PhD students, management skills, dedication to the Department’s aims, and the ability to teach in both Hebrew and English.

The position is open to applicants holding a PhD degree, with proven research ability and experience in teaching at a university level. The position can lead to tenure at the end of the trial period. The candidate may, in parallel, become a member of the Archaeological Institute at Tel Aviv University, in accordance with her or his skills and upon approval by the Institute’s board of management.

The academic level and employment track will be determined according to the candidate’s skills and experience. The appointment procedures are subject to the University protocol and to approval by the accredited academic institutes. The University reserves the right not to appoint any of the applicants.

A letter of application, curriculum vitae, and list of publications should be sent to the address below. Three letters of recommendation by senior researchers from institutions of higher learning should also be provided. These should be sent directly to the address below.

Deadline for submission: February 28, 2018.

All documents should be sent to: Dr Sefy Hendler, Chairperson, Department of Art History, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 6997801
And by email: