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AIAS Workshop

Cultural Identity and Transmission in Early Christian Literature

Date: 12-14 June 2019

This workshop explores cultural identity and the transmission of ideas in the early Christian literature of Late Antiquity (3rd-7th c. AD), as well as its reception in Byzantium. The period of Late Antiquity witnessed a dynamic interaction between the literary and cultural traditions of classical Hellenism and the Judaeo-Christian heritage, with extensive cross-cultural communication across many linguistic traditions. Presenters in the workshop will approach the literature of this period from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including the fields of classical philology, theology, and history. Speakers will each present their topics and texts for 30 minutes, with equal time then devoted to discussion with all participants.

Keynote speaker

Invited speakers


Wednesday, 12 June 201
Phd workshop

11:00-12:15 Presentation by Christian Thrue Djurslev and Miriam DeCock (Aarhus University)
12:15-13:00 Lunch
13:00-13:30 Fabrizio Petorella (Rome, La Sapienza):
'Thecla's Ascetic Model in the Life of Saint Syncletica'
13:30-14:00Mads Østerlund Christensen (Aarhus University):
'The Status of Greek in Early North African Christianity'
14:00-14:30Elisa Merisio (Rome, La Sapienza):
'Language and Imagery in Christian Greek Funerary Epigrams from Phrygian-Lykaonian Borderland in the Late Roman Empire'
14:30-15:00Anders Kirk Borggard (Aarhus University):
'The role of the Pater Patriae in the Neo-Latin writings of early Lutheranism'
15:00-15:30Christina Cocola (Ghent University):
'The First Lament: Intertwined Voices in the Byzantine Catanyctic Poems on Adam's Fall'
15:30-16:00                        Marie Andersen (Aarhus University):
'The role of the future in Paul's epistolary leadership: 'Being' and 'striving' in the letter to the Philippians'

Cultural Identity and Transmission in Early Christian Literature

16:30-17:00 Registration
17:00-18:00 Keynote Talk: Robin Darling Young (Catholic University of America): 'From Sacred Scripture to Philosophical Training in the Scholia of Evagrius'
18:00-19:30                       Welcome reception

Thursday, 13 June 2019

08:30- 09:00Registration
09:00-10:00Rachele Ricceri (Ghent University): 'Gregory of Nazianzus Praying the Psalms: Religious and Poetic Models'
10:00-11:00Anders-Christian Jacobsen (Aarhus University): 'Cyril of Jerusalem's Catechetical Lectures and Christian Identity'
11:15-12:15Carmen Cvetkovic (Göttingen): 'Notissima sanctitas loci: The Making of Christian Sacred Space in the Writings of Paulinus of Nola' 
13:00-14:00Christian Djurslev (Aarhus University): 'Semiramis goes West: On the Canonization of the Classical Tradition in Latin Christianity'
14:00-15:00Nicholas Richardson (University of Oxford): 'Gregory of Nazianzus' Poem on Virtue (Carm. I. 2. 9)'
15:30-16:30Andreas Westergren (Lund University): 'Civilizing, Colonizing Saints: The History of the Monks in Light of Civic ideals'
19:00-22:00                      Dinner (Speakers only)

Friday, 14 June 2019

09:00-10:00      Andrew Faulkner (AIAS, Aarhus University): 'The Martyrdom of Saint Cyprian: Eudocia and Poetic Hagiography'
10:00-11:00Gianfranco Agosti (La Sapienza, Rome): 'Cultural Identity and the transformation of paideia in Christian verse inscriptions of late antiquity'
11:15-12:15Miriam DeCock (Aarhus University): 'The Alexandrian Museion and the 'Homilies' of Origen: Genre and Innovation in Early Christian Homiletics' 
13:00-14:00Kristoffel Demoen (Ghent University): 'The Paradeisos: a middle Byzantine upgrade of some Apophthegmata Patrum'
14:00-15:00Christos Simelidis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki): 'Euthymius the Athonite and the Metaphrastic movement'
15:30-16:30                         Jakob Engberg (Aarhus University): 'Superstition and Conversion. Literary(?) antecedents and the purpose of Arnobius' description of his own conversion'

Participation and registration

The workshop is open to all, researchers, students and the public. To attend the workshop including catering prior registration is required. Deadline for registration is Wednesday 5 June.
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The workshop is organized by AIAS-COFUND Fellow Andrew Faulkner in collaboration with Anders-Christian Jacobsen and Jakob Engberg from the Department of Theology, Aarhus University.


The workshop is co-funded by:

AIAS, the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies

The Canadian government's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

The Department of Theology, Aarhus University

The PhD Programme for History, Archeology and Classical Studies, Aarhus University