Society for Late Antiquity


Welcome to the Society for Late Antiquity Website


(Presented courtesy of the University of Illinois)


The Society for Late Antiquity (SLA), established in 1997 at the Second "Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity" conference at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, is an umbrella group devoted to coordinating activities that promote the study and understanding of Late Antiquity. According to the Society for Late Antiquity Bylaws, these activities include disseminating information; encouraging interaction among scholars, students, and laypersons; and fostering scholarly study. For our purposes, "Late Antiquity" is defined as broadly as possible in chronological, geographical, and methodological terms. Autonomous activities and endeavors sponsored by SLA include (1) The biennial "Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity" Conferences; (2) The Journal of Late Antiquity (JLA); (3) The Late Antiquity Newsletter; (4) LT-ANTIQ, the Late Antiquity Discussion Group; (5) The Late Antiquity sessions at the Kalamazoo Medieval Congress; (6) and the sessions organized by SLA as an affiliated member at the annual meetings of the American Philological Association, now the Society for Classical Studies. Since 1995, there have been over 1,000 participants in SLA-sponsored conference events.


The Society for Late Antiquity has two membership categories. Voting Members comprise all those in attendance at the "Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity" conferences. Adjunct Members are those who subscribe to the LT-ANTIQ discussion list or to the Late Antiquity Newsletter.

The current Governing Board includes Kristina Sessa, organizer of the previous Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity conference; Andrew Cain, Editor of the Journal of Late Antiquity; Ralph Mathisen, Webmaster, Editor of the Late Antiquity Newsletter, and administrator of the LT-ANTIQ discussion group; and At-Large Members Elizabeth Buchanan, Hallie Meredith, and Hope Willard.



Material Available on the Website


Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity Conferences

Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity Volumes

Late Antiquity Newsletter

Late Antiquity Discussion Lists

LT-ANTIQ Discussion Group

SLA Sponsored Sessions at Meeting of Society for Classical Studies

SLA Sponsored Sessions at International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo

Late Antique Journals

Journal of Late Antiquity

Late Antique Book Series

Late Antique Societies, Groups, Consortiums, Seminars, Networks, Forums, Centres, and Committees

Late Antiquity on Social Media

Late Antiquity Degree Programs



"Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity" Conferences


The "Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity" conferences, first organized by Hagith Sivan and Ralph Mathisen at the University of Kansas in 1995, have just completed their fourteenth iteration and have served as a leading advocate for and promoter of late antique studies: as Neil McLynn observed in 2012, "The shifting frontiers franchise has established itself over the past fifteen years as one of the most dynamic forces in Anglophone late antique scholarship," and, in the Francophone world, more recently Sylvain Destephen noted, “Les colloques organisés sous les auspices de la société américaine pour l’Antiquité tardive … avaient longtemps pris un caractère itinérant à travers le monde anglo-saxon… Ils connaissent par ailleurs un succès grandissant d’après le nombre de participants qui affluent d’Amérique du Nord et d’Europe occidentale à chacun de ces conferences”


SF I                   "Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity"

                          University of Kansas (1995)


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SF II                  "The Transformation of Law and Society in Late Antiquity"

                          University of South Carolina (1997)

                          Call for Papers

                          Registration and Program

                          Program and Abstracts


SF III                 "Urban and Rural in Late Antiquity, ca. AD 200-600"

                          Emory University (1999)



SF IIII                "Travel, Communication, and Geography in Late Antiquity: Sacred

                          and Profane"

                          San Francisco State University (2001)


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SF V                  "Violence, Victims, and Vindication in Late Antiquity"

                          University of California -- Santa Barbara (2003)

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SF VI                 "Romans, Barbarians, and the Transformation of the Roman World"

                          University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign (2005)


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                          Program and Abstracts

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SF VII               "The Power of Religion in Late Antiquity"

                          University of Colorado (2007)


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                       SF VIII              "Shifting Cultural Frontiers in Late Antiquity"

                          Indiana University (2009)



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SF VIIII             "Shifting Political Frontiers in Late Antiquity"

                          The Pennsylvania State University (2011)



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 SF X                 "Shifting Genres in Late Antiquity"

                          University of Ottawa (2013)


                          Program and Abstracts


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SF XI                 "The Transformation of Poverty, Philanthropy, and Healthcare"

                          University of Iowa (2015)

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SF XII               "The Fifth Century: Age of Transformation"

                          Yale University (2017)

                          Conference announcement  

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SF XIII              "Communal Responses to Local Disaster: Economic, Environmental,

                          Political and Religious"

                          Claremont McKenna College (2019)

                          Website and Program

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SF XIIII             "Scale and the Study of Late Antiquity"

                          The Ohio State University (2021)

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Those interested in sponsoring one of the Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity conferences are invited to consult the Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity Conference Guidelines

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Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity volumes


The "Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity" conferences nearly always have resulted in well-received volumes containing selected conference papers organized around the conference theme, sometimes augmented by additional contributions.


SF I (1995)        

R. Mathisen, H. Sivan, eds., Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity (Ashgate Press, 1996)


Journal of Early Christian Studies (Henry Rosenberg)

Journal of Military History (David Cherry)

Latomus (Pol Trousset)

SF II (1997)

R. Mathisen, ed., Law, Society, and Authority in Late Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2001)


Bryn Mawr Classical Review (Jan Prostko-Prostysnski)

Journal of Early Christian Studies (Michael Gaddis)

Journal of Theological Studies (Timothy Barnes)


Linda Jones Hall, ed., Confrontation in Late Antiquity: Imperial Presentation and Regional Adaptation (Cambridge: Orchard Academic Press, 2003)


Bryn Mawr Classical Review (Dennis Trout)

Journal of Roman Studies (Andrew Gillett)

Classical Review (A.D. Lee)

SF III (1999)

Thomas Burns, John W. Eadie, eds., Urban Centers and Rural Contexts in Late Antiquity (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2001)


The Historian (Hugh Elton)

SF IIII (2001)

Linda Ellis, Frank Kidner, eds., Travel, Communication, and Geography in Late Antiquity: Sacred and Profane (Farnham: Ashgate, 2004)


Ancient History Resources (Andrew Gillett)

BMCR (Susan Weingarten)

Journal of Roman Studies (Lucy Grig)

Classical Review (David Hunt)

SF V (2003)

H. Drake, ed., Violence in Late Antiquity. Perceptions and Practices (Farnham: Ashgate, 2006)


BMCR (Paul Stephenson)

Classical Review (Michael Whitby)

Classics Ireland (David Woods)

Revue historique de droit français et étranger (Soazik Kerneis)

Church History (Paul Duff)

SF VI (2005)

R. Mathisen, D.R. Shanzer, eds., Romans, Barbarians, and the Transformation of The Roman World: Cultural Interaction and the Creation of Identity in Late Antiquity (Farnham: Ashgate Press, 2011)


Classical Review (David Woods)

English Historical Review (Edward James)

Prudentia (Christopher Malone)

Sehepunct (Mischa Meier)

The Historian (Lawrence Okamura)

L'Antiquité classique (Alain Chauvot)

Abstracta Iranica  (Christelle Jullien)

SF VII (2007)

N. Lenski, A. Cain, eds, The Power of Religion in Late Antiquity (Farnham: Ashgate Press, 2009)


Journal of Ecclesiastical History (Neil McLynn)

BMCR (David Woods)

Classical Review (Peter van Nuffelen)

Church History (Jeremy Schott)

SF VIII (2009)

David Brakke, Deborah Deliyannis, Edward Watts, eds., Shifting Cultural Frontiers in Late Antiquity (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012)


BMCR (Richard Flower)

Classical Review (David Greenwood)

Speculum (Benjamin Anderson)


SF VIIII (2011)

No conference volume

SF X (2013)

Geoffrey Greatrex, ed., Shifting Genres in Late Antiquity (Farnham: Ashgate, 2019)


BMCR (Chris de Wet)

Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (Michael Whitby)

Classical Review (Antti Lampinen)

Histos (James Corke Webster)

Journal of Ecclesiastical History (Mark Smith)

Journal of Roman Studies (David Greenwood)


SF XI (2015)

No conference volume

SF XII (2017)

Noel Lenski, Jan-Willem Drijvers, eds., The Fifth Century: Age of Transformation. Proceedings of the 12th Biennial Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity Conference, Munera 46 (Edipuglia: 2019)


Classical Review (Jemma Underdown)

Plekos (Kamil Cyprian Choda)

Antiquité tardive (Sylvain Destephen)


SF XIII (2019)

No conference volume

Three of the papers from SF 13 were published in Studies in Late Antiquity 5.2 (2021): see Elizabeth DePalma Digeser, "Dealing with Disaster,” Studies in Late Antiquity 5.2 (2021), 173–175.


SF XIIII (2021)

Volume forthcoming



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SLA Sponsored Sessions Society for Classical Studies Meetings

Since 2008, the Society for Late Antiquity has been an affiliated group of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS), formerly the American Philological Association (APA), and has had a series of five-year charters permitting the SLA to sponsor sessions at fourteen of the annual SCS conferences.


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SLA Sponsored Sessions at International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo

Since 2001 the Society for Late Antiquity has sponsored 43 sessions at seventeen annual meetings of the International Congress on Medieval Studies held at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

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Late Antiquity Newsletter


LAN 1.1 (June, 1996)

LAN 1.2 (September, 1996)

LAN 1.3 (December, 1996)

LAN 2.1 (November, 1997)

LAN 3.1 (January, 2005)

LAN 3.2 (March, 2005)

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Late Antiquity Discussion Lists



Originally launched in August, 1994, sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity, and hosted by the University of South Carolina, LT-ANTIQ is an unmoderated list that provides a discussion forum for topics relating to Late Antiquity (c. AD 260-640). For the purposes of this discussion list, "Late Antiquity" will cover the Late Roman, Early Byzantine, Early Medieval, and Early Islamic periods. Geographical coverage ranges from western Europe to the Middle East, and from the Sahara to Russia. Cross disciplinary interaction is particularly encouraged. Along with the usual scholarly interchange, users also are invited to post notices relating to upcoming conferences and other activities, and to job openings. Potential Audience: Historians, Classicists, Medievalists, Byzantinists, Art Historians, Theologians, Archaeologists, Historians of Religion For more information, contact the list owner:  Ralph W. Mathisen, email:

(1) To subscribe to LT-ANTIQ, send a one-line message

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(2) LT-ANTIQ Discussion List Archives

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La-network -- International Network for the Study of Late Antiquity /

Internationales Netzwerk zur Erforschung der Spätantike

A group established by Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner at the University of Heidelberg in 2010 that in the past has organized Late Antiquity conferences and sponsors a discussion list for the announcement of conferences, fellowships, jobs, and other activities. Currently operated out of the University of Tübingen.

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Late Antique Journals


Journal of Late Antiquity (JLA)

Johns Hopkins University Press

Print journal with on-line access

Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity, the award-winning Journal of Late Antiquity (JLA) has a long history of connection with the Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity conferences. The idea of an English language Late Antiquity journal first was broached during the "Future Directions" discussion at the end of the first SFLA conference at Kansas in 1995. JLA was formally initiated by a near unanimous vote at the fifth SFLA conference at the University of California - Santa Barbara in 2003, then, at the sixth Shifting Frontiers conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005 an offer to publish by Johns Hopkins University Press was accepted. JLA began semi-annual publication in 2008. It was the first, and still is, the only international English-language print journal dedicated to the study of Late Antiquity writ large. JLA provides a venue for multi-disciplinary coverage of all the methodological, geographical, and chronological facets of Late Antiquity. All of Late Antiquity is represented -- from the late and post-classical world up to the Carolingian period, and including the late Roman, western European, Byzantine, Sasanid, and Islamic worlds, ca. 250-800 CE. JLA is essential, not only as a space for scholarship dealing with practical and theoretical issues, but, in particular, to bridge the gap between literary and material culture scholarship. One of the primary goals of the journal is to highlight the status of Late Antiquity as a discrete historical period in its own right. JLA honors include Honorable Mention/Runner-Up for Best New Journal in 2009 by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ), the Association of American Publishers' PROSE Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence as Best New Journal in the Social Sciences & Humanities for 2010, and the Codex Award of the CELJ for Best Pre-1500 Journal in 2013 and again in 2019.


Studies in Late Antiquity (SLA)

University of California Press


First published in 2017, Studies in Late Antiquity is an online-only quarterly journal published by the University of California Press that serves as an international forum for innovation and reflection on global Late Antiquity (150-750 CE) that questions and expands on received models and methods. Primary points of interest include interconnections between the Mediterranean and Africa, Iran, Arabia, the Baltic, Scandinavia, the British Isles, China, India, and all of Asia, as well as disrupting the assumed connection between the late ancient/Christian Mediterranean and modern, western Europe.


Antiquité tardive. Revue Internationale d'Histoire et d'Archéologie (IVe-VIIe siècle)

Brepols, since 1993

Annual, print journal with online access.

Cette revue est consacrée à l’étude de l'Antiquité Tardive. La crise de l'Empire romain dans la seconde moitié du IIIe siècle et la mise en place du régime tétrarchique marquent le début d'une nouvelle époque qui dure jusqu’à la conquête musulmane en Afrique du Nord et en Espagne, et jusqu'à l’installation du pouvoir carolingien dans la plus grande partie de l'Europe occidentale. C'est dire que nous voulons considérer dans son ensemble une période qui est tronçonnée en deux parties par la coupure traditionnelle du Bas-Empire et du haut Moyen-Age, généralement placée en 476. Mais on sait que la signification de cette date est seulement politique: c'est celle qu'on peut attribuer à une révolution de palais. Elle marque le retour à un empereur unique, après une nouvelle période de dyarchie de moins d'un siècle, inaugurée par le partage de l'Empire en 395, une autre date parfois retenue comme charnière entre l'Antiquité et le Moyen Age.


Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture

Cardiff Univ. Press, since 2007


The Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture is a full text open access online journal, edited by members and associates of the Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture and published by Cardiff University Press.


Journal of Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies (JLAIBS)

Edinburgh University Press, since 2021


The Journal of Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies as a hotspot for interdisciplinary dialogue aims to disseminate new approaches and methodologies that intend to transform our understanding of broader Late Antique and Medieval phenomena, such as knowledge transfer and cultural exchanges, by looking beyond single linguistic traditions or political boundaries. It provides a forum for high-quality articles on the interactions and cross-cultural exchange between the so-called Byzantine Empire and the Islamic world. Thematically, the journal also welcomes submissions dealing individually with Late Antique, Byzantine and Islamic literature, history, archaeology, and material culture from the fourth to the fifteenth century.

Plekos. Elektronische Zeitschrift für Rezensionen und Berichte zur Erforschung der Spätantike


Since 1998

Plekos wurde 1998 gegründet und bis 2016 herausgegeben. Plekos ist eine Internet-Fachzeitschrift (ISSN: 1435-9626) für Rezensionen und Berichte zur Erforschung der Spätantike. Plekos veröffentlicht wissenschaftliche Besprechungen zu Neuerscheinungen vor allem aus dem Bereich der spätantiken Geschichte, Philologie und Archäologie. Neben dem Schwerpunkt auf der Spätantike werden auch Publikationen aus Nachbardisziplinen und -epochen rezensiert, etwa solche zur römischen Kaiserzeit, zum Byzantinischen Reich, zum Kulturkreis des Oriens Christianus sowie zum frühen Mittelalter und zu den ersten islamischen Jahrhunderten. Besprechungen erscheinen in deutscher, englischer, französischer, italienischer und spanischer Sprache.


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Late Antique Book Series


Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity (OSLA)

Oxford University Press

Launched in 2007 and with 16 volumes published, OSLA welcomes book proposals relating to the world of Late Antiquity writ large, with coverage extending from the late Roman world to the Sassanid, Byzantine, and early Islamic, and Carolingian worlds, and with disciplinary and methodological approaches including, but not limited to, history, society, culture, religion, literature, archaeology, art history, papyrology, epigraphy, numismatics, palaeography, demography, prosopography, linguistics, gender studies, family history, and rhetorical and literary theory. Queries and proposals can be addressed to the Series Editor, Ralph Mathisen, Professor of History, Classics, and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, at or


Transformation of the Classical Heritage

University of California Press

Established at the initiative of Peter Brown and with its first publication in 1988, the "Transformation of the Classical Heritage" book series was the first major book series dealing with Late Antiquity. Most of the 52 volumes deal with religious topics. Now also distributed by De Gruyter.


Late Antique Archaeology

Brill, since 2003

Annual, conference papers, print only

The twelve volumes of the book series Late Antique Archaeology are based on papers given at the conference series of the same title, which meets annually in London. Contributions generally aim to present broad syntheses on topics relating to the year's theme, discussions of key issues, or try to provide summaries of relevant new fieldwork. Although papers from the conference meetings form the core of each volume, relevant articles, especially syntheses, are welcome from other scholars.


Religion in Late Antiquity

Cambridge University Press

This new series takes a holistic and comparative approach to what is typically categorized as "religion" in roughly 100-800 C.E. throughout the Mediterranean and Near East.  Individual volumes, ca. 20,000 - 30,000 words in length, will be organized around three themes: Frameworks (modern and ancient); Sources (texts, objects, and spaces); and People (authorities and outsiders). They will serve as points of entry on an array of topics for students and scholars of late ancient religious worlds at all levels. Ideally, they will also advance the higher-order questions and debates that have emerged from the broadening of horizons in the study of late antiquity in recent years.


Christianity in Late Antiquity

University of California Press

The official book series of the North American Patristics Society, Christianity in Late Antiquity presents outstanding new scholarship on late-ancient Christianity in its various cultural contexts. The series represents the full range of approaches to early Christianity practiced by scholars in North America and internationally, combining the best of theological analysis and institutional history with newer approaches in social history, material culture, liturgical studies, and gender studies. Its geographical and linguistic purview includes the Mediterranean world, North Africa, Northern Europe, Arabia, and the Levant. Formerly the Patristic Monograph Series.


Social Worlds of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages

Amsterdam University Press

Since 2017 eight volumes have been published in this series focusing on diversity within Late Antique society, emphasizing cultural connections and exchanges; questions of unity and inclusion, alienation and conflict; and the processes of syncretism and change. By drawing upon a number of disciplines and approaches, this series sheds light on the cultural and social history of Late Antiquity and the greater Mediterranean world.


Studies in Philosophy and Theology in Late Antiquity


Launched in 2013 and now with 10 titles, the Studies in Philosophy and Theology in Late Antiquity series focuses on major theologians, not as representatives of a 'tradition', whether Christian or classical, but as individuals immersed in the intellectual culture of their day. Each book concentrates on the arguments, not merely the opinions, of a single Christian writer or group of writers from the period A.D 100-600 and compares and contrasts these arguments with those of pagan contemporaries who addressed similar questions


Brill's Companions to Late Antiquity and Medieval Studies Online


Brill's Companions to Late Antiquity and Medieval Studies Online is an expanding e-book collection of specially commissioned research companions covering the Byzantine and medieval periods. Currently nearly all medieval, with only 4 of the 75 volumes dealing with Late Antiquity, e.g., Ostrogothic Italy, Gregory of Tours, Gregory the Great, Preaching in the Patristic Era


Mediterranean Studies in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Trivent Publishing (Budapest)

Established in 2020, this series, which so far has published one volume,  is devoted to the study of the Mediterranean world in late antiquity and the medieval period. It welcomes original scholarly research pertaining to the fields of: history, art history, social history, cultural history, hagiography, religious studies, textual studies, archaeology, and gender studies. We invite proposals for monographs, edited volumes, and conference proceedings. All suitable submissions will undergo a double-blind peer review process.

Translated Texts for Historians

Liverpool University Press

300–800 AD is the time of late antiquity and the early middle ages: the transformation of the classical world, the beginnings of Europe and of Islam, and the evolution of Byzantium. TTH makes available sources from a range of languages, including Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Arabic, Georgian and Armenian. Each volume provides an expert scholarly translation, with an introduction setting texts and authors in context, and with notes on content, interpretation and debates.

Texts from Christian Late Antiquity


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Late Antique Societies, Groups, Consortiums, Seminars, Networks, Forums, Centres, and Committees


Global Late Antiquity Society

The "Global Late Antiquity Society" (GLAS), established at the University of Iowa in 2021, "is an international association dedicated to scholarly innovation and reflection on global Late Antiquity that questions and expands on received models and methods."  It "understands Late Antiquity as an era of transformation, one in which peoples activities, ideas, relationships, and creations bridged the religious, intellectual, political, economic, and social structures of the ancient and medieval worlds broadly conceived. Because it is necessary to understand the arc of these transformations, the interests of GLAS members extend across the first millennium of the common era. Primary points of interest include interconnections between the Mediterranean and Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Asia Minor, Iran, the Caucasus, the Baltic, Scandinavia, the Irish and British Isles, China, India and all of Asia. We want to disrupt the often assumed connection between the late ancient/Christian Mediterranean and modern "western" Europe, while attending to the many ways in which the culture and values of Late Antiquity both haunt and enrich the contemporary world."


California Consortium for the Study of Late Antiquity

Established in 1999 as the University of California Multi-campus Research Group (MRG) on the History and Culture of Late Antiquity, the California Consortium for the Study of Late Antiquity unites the greatest concentration of scholars in this field on the West Coast. It brings together faculty and more than twenty graduate students from UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UCLA, and UC San Diego. The consortium creates an infrastructure of academic exchange between UC campuses for graduate students and faculty. Through multi-campus classes and regular meetings, it encourages shared and collaborative research between faculty, instructs graduate students in a variety of sub-disciplines, and provides pre-professional training for the academic job market. The group also addresses undergraduate students and the larger community through lectures and outreach activities.


Regional Late Antiquity Consortium Southeast (ReLACS)

Begun in 2013, ReLACS (Regional Late Antiquity Consortium Southeast) is a regional workshop on Late Antiquity held annually on a rotating basis at Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Kentucky.


The Late Antiquity Reading Group at Yale (LARG)   

Yale University

LARG invites all students, faculty, and members of the public who are interested in late antiquity to gather together. We discuss common, pre-circulated works in progress or recent publications in the field. Often, guest scholars join us to discuss their new work. 

Late Antiquity Research Group (LARG)

University of Reading

The Late Antiquity Research Group (LARG) was founded in 1996 to help coordinate and promote the study of Late Antiquity by British-based professional archaeologists. Its original scope was the Roman, and former Roman world, from AD c.300-c.700 in Europe and the Mediterranean, and related areas, but it has increasingly become involved in the archaeology of the Byzantine world as a whole in addition to these.

Late Antiquity Seminar

University of Tennessee

This interdisciplinary seminar brings together faculty and advanced graduate students whose research lies in the Mediterranean world of late antiquity. The range of the seminar includes the Mediterranean world of the third century C.E., defined primarily by the dominant Roman Empire; the fundamental transformations that characterized the fourth and fifth centuries, from the development of Christianity as a political power, to the collapse of the western empire and its division into various barbarian kingdoms, to the establishment of a single imperial power in onstantinople; and the new religion of Islam and further momentous transformations that ended the fundamentally Roman unity of the late antique period.


Late Antiquity Workshop

University of Texas at Austin

The Late Antiquity Workshop is led by Naama PatEl and Glenn Peers, and it sponsors lectures by visiting scholars and UT faculty. Like Medieval Studies, it is cross-disciplinary and ranges across a broad geographical area. The Workshop treats Late Antiquity as a richly varied period, ca. 200-ca. 800, that can engage many students and scholars in the UT community.


Cambridge Late Antiquity Network
Cambridge University
The Cambridge Late Antiquity Network Seminar takes as its scope the period from the later third century down to the tenth, in Europe and the Mediterranean basin, approaching the question of the transition from the ancient to the medieval world from as wide a chronological and geographical angle as possible, in order to take fullest advantage of the broad range of academic talent and approaches within Cambridge. The seminar is intended primarily for papers by speakers from outside Cambridge, in order to create more opportunities to form links with specialists from other universities in an informal context.

Ottawa Network for the Study of Late Antiquity

University of Ottawa

Welcome to the Ottawa Network for the Study of Late Antiquity (ONSLA), based in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada. The Network promotes the study of the Mediterranean world from the 3rd to the 7th century, a vibrant period of religious, political and socio-economic changes, and one of the most profound periods of cultural change in history. Our members are experts in various fields of study needed to understand the Late Antique period in all its complexity, such as rhetoric, history, historiography, religion, philosophy, palaeography, archaeology, papyrology, epigraphy, and ancient languages (Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic, Coptic, Ethiopic, Syriac).

Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies Research Group
University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh has one of the largest concentrations of scholars researching the late antique, early Islamic and Byzantine worlds in the UK. Colleagues working in these areas are concentrated in the School of History, Classics & Archaeology; the Department of Islamic and Middle East Studies; the School of Art History (Edinburgh College of Art); and the School of Divinity, and cooperate closely with each other, not least in the framework of Edinburghs innovative Masters programme in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies (LAIBS). During term time the Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies Research Group runs the fortnightly Late Antique Lunches and Byzantine Colloquia as well as the once-per-month Byzantine Studies seminar, as an add-on to the rich seminar culture in late antique, Islamic and medieval studies already present at Edinburgh. Its student members organise Edinburghs annual international graduate conference in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies.


Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity (OCLA)
Oxford University  

Oxford University has over 90 senior scholars, and a very large number of graduate students, researching within the field of Late Antiquity, with specialisms that embrace all the disciplines, from Archaeology to Theology, and that cover the entire geographical spectrum of the late antique world, from Coptic Egypt and Sasanian Iran, to the Celtic North. These scholars have been united in the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity (OCLA), hosted by the Oxford History Faculty. The aim of OCLA is to foster dialogue between the scholarly disciplines, and between the many institutions of the world that study Late Antiquity


Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies
Kings College, London

The Centre includes experts in a rich array of fields: late antique and Byzantine studies, all the major medieval languages and literatures, visual culture, palaeography and manuscript studies, history, music, philosophy, and theology. The diverse expertise of our members, and our collaborations with the Centre for Hellenic Studies and Centre for Early Modern Studies means that we are uniquely positioned to provide a space and catalyst for the critical exchange of ideas across disciplines

Centre for Late Antique Studies

University of St. Andrews

The University of St Andrews is home to a large number of scholars, whose range of expertise covers the archaeology, history, literature and religious life of this period. The Centre for Late Antique Studies brings together members of the academic staff and students from the Schools of Classics, Divinity, History, and Modern Languages, offering a unique environment for the study of this pivotal period of History. On this site you will find information about the people working on this period and news about the research projects and initiatives being carried out at the university, as well as events taking place each semester.

Centre for Late Antique Archaeology

Univ. of Kent

Studying all aspects of life in the Mediterranean world from ca. AD 300 to ca.650.

Centre for Advanced Study: "Migration and Mobility in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages" Project

Universität Tübingen

The Centre for Advanced Studies, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), brings together scholars from a wide range of disciplines working on migration and mobility in Europe and the Mediterranean between 250 and 900 CE. The overall aim of the Centre is to explore new approaches to migration and mobility in this period and to set the scholarly debate in the field on a new footing

Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity
Princeton University
Princeton's engagement with the Late Antique began with the epoch-making Princeton expedition of Howard Crosby Butler (Art and Archaeology) and William Kelly Prentice (Classics) to the Dead Cities of northern Syria in the early 20th century. It has continued with great distinction in the Departments of Classics, History, Religion, Near Eastern Studies, Art and Archaeology, and the Program in Hellenic Studies. At this moment, all of these entities enjoy the presence of scholars of international acclaim whose interests and research activities converge around the study of this period. With its vast resources (including archaeological archives, papyri, manuscripts, coins, art objects, mosaics, and the Antioch collection) in the library and the art museum, Princeton University is already a distinguished center for the study of Late Antiquity.

Die Arbeitsgemeinschaft Spätantike und Frühmittelalter (AGSFM)

Universität Tübingen

Die Arbeitsgemeinschaft Spätantike und Frühmittelalter hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, dem aktuellen Erkenntnisgewinn eine Plattform zu verschaffen und ein Sprachrohr für die Themen der Forschung zu Spätantike und Frühmittelalter zu sein. Dazu finden jährlich Tagungen mit thematischen Beiträgen statt, welche auch in einem Tagungsband publiziert werden. Des Weiteren gibt es eine Mailingliste der AG, welche ein Diskussionsforum darstellt, das interessierten Fachleuten eine Plattform für den wissenschaftlichen Austausch bereitstellt. Am 8. Juni 2006 wurde die AG im Rahmen der Tagung des West- und Süddeutschen Verbandes für Altertumsforschung in Xanten gegründet. Die 72 Gründungsmitglieder wählten aus ihren Reihen den wissenschaftlichen Vorstand, bestehend aus einem Sprecher bzw. Sprecherin und vier Beiräten, der jeweils zwei Jahre amtieren soll. Der Blog soll über die Tätigkeiten der AG informieren sowie anstehende Veranstaltungen und Publikationen ankündigen. Des Weiteren ist geplant, auch thematische Beiträge zu veröffentlichen.

The period of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle ages, the era between the reigns of Diocletian and Charlemagne (4th – 9th cent AD, or later for more northern parts of Europe) is associated with many socio-cultural, economic and religious changes. In recent years, archaeological research on individual aspects of this period has increased; for regional syntheses, however, a European perspective is necessary. The working group “Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages” (AGSFM) provides a platform for current research on this period. We hold annual conferences and publish the proceedings. We also keep a mailing list for scientific exchange. The working group was founded in Xanten on June 8, 2006. The 72 founding members elected the scientific board, consisting of a spokesperson and four advisory board members. A new election takes place every two years.


Franz Joseph Dölger-Institut zur Erforschung der Spätantike

Universität Bonn

Das F. J. Dölger-Institut erforscht interdisziplinär den vielfältigen Prozess der Auseinandersetzung zwischen christlicher, jüdischer und paganer Antike und die damit einhergehende Transformation zur spätantiken Kultur bis in das 7. Jahrhundert.

The F. J. Dölger-Institut carries out interdisciplinary research into different aspects of both confrontation and interaction between Christians, Jews and "pagans" in antiquity and into the complex processes that mark the transformation of late antique culture until the seventh century.


Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (CLABS)
Koç Üniversitesi

‘KOÇ ÜNİVERSİTESİ – STAVROS NIARCHOS VAKFI, GEÇ ANTİK ÇAĞ VE BİZANS ARAŞTIRMALARI MERKEZİ’ (GABAM), Koç Üniversitesi ve Stavros Niarchos Vakfı’nın destekleriyle 2015 yılı Ocak ayında Koç Üniversitesi Rumelifeneri Kampüsü’nde kurularak çalışmalarına başlamıştır. GABAM, Türkiye’de Bizans sanatı tarihi ve arkeolojisi konusunda kurulan ilk bilimsel araştırma merkezi olmuştur. GABAM, bu önemli potansiyeli değerlendirmek düşüncesiyle kurulmuş bir bilimsel araştırma merkezidir. Merkez, Geç Antik Çağ ve Bizans olarak adlandırılan kültür dönemleri (yaklaşık olarak M.S. 3.–15. yüzyıllar arası) ile ilgili bilimsel çalışmalar ve etkinlikler gerçekleştirmeyi, ilgili disiplinlere evrensel ölçekte bilimsel katkı sağlamayı hedeflemektedir.

THE KOÇ UNIVERSITY STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION CENTER FOR LATE ANTIQUE AND BYZANTINE STUDIES (GABAM), was established with the support of Koç University and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in January 2015 at Koç University’s Rumelifeneri Campus. GABAM is the first scientific research center dedicated to Byzantine art history and archaeology to be established in Turkey.

GABAM is a scientific research center established to realize this important potential. The Center aims to engage in scientific research and activities related to the Late Antique and Byzantine cultural periods (circa the 3rd and 15th centuries AD) and make contributions of universal significance to the relevant scientific disciplines.



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Late Antiquity Degree Programs


MRes Late Antiquity

University of Birmingham

This programme offers you the opportunity to research one aspect of the fragmentation of the Roman World and its transformation into a myriad of new states as the result of internal pressures and barbarian invasion in the period AD 300€“700. The taught elements examine major debates about the period, tackling historical, textual, archaeological and art historical material as an essential foundation for your research topic. An MRes is a programme that will help you develop the skills for both doctoral study and a future career. You will complete a major individual research project, supervised by a specialist in the field of study, and a taught component that develops research and analytical skills.


Ancient Mediterranean & Late Antique Near East

University of Washington

Students interested in the field of Late Antiquity may approach the field from a variety of angles, focusing on ancient or medieval history, with additional coursework in the departments of ClassicsNear Eastern Languages and CivilizationArt History or the Comparative Religion Program.


Late Antiquity Program

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign participates in an interdisciplinary field in the study of Late Antiquity, encompassing the Late Roman, Early Medieval, and Early Byzantine periods (third through seventh centuries CE).


Late Antiquity Program

Stanford University

Students of Late Antiquity will normally specialize in one or two religious traditions of the late ancient Mediterranean and Near East. They also will gain broad competence in the time period, its languages, and its history. At Stanford, the field of Late Antiquity has particular strengths in rabbinic literature, Syriac Studies, interreligious encounters, manuscript culture, spatiality, digital approaches to antiquity, materiality, and issues of gender and sexuality in the ancient world. It has been designed to take advantage of the extensive methodological and interdisciplinary resources found across the University. 

Late Antique-Medieval Studies

Pomona College

Late Antique-Medieval Studies (LAMS) as a scholarly field is dedicated to a deeper understanding of the greater Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Although the Greek, Latin, and Arabic heirs to the Roman and Persian empires struggled with one another for hegemony in the Mediterranean basin and the Near East, their similarities outweighed their differences. Not only did each identify with an Abrahamic religion, but each laid claim to the rich secular traditions of the Hellenistic, Roman, and Persian empires.

Late Antiquity Program

University of Georgia

The transition of Classical to Post-Classical Antiquity through political, religious, and environmental change that played a profound role in the development of Medieval and Early Modern Europe.


Certificate in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies

Koç University

The Certificate in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies offers undergraduate students from different disciplines the opportunity to immerse themselves in various aspects of the Late Antique and Byzantine Worlds (late 3rd c-1453 C.E.), placed in their broader chronological and geographical framework. Integrating approaches from different disciplines, including Archaeology, History of Art, Cultural Heritage Management, History, Law and Languages


MSt/ MPhil in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies

Oxford University

A number of faculties have combined to offer a two-year M.Phil. (Master of Philosophy) and a one-year M.St. (Master of Studies) specifically in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies. These provide an opportunity to learn an ancient language (whether Latin, Greek, Armenian, Syriac, Coptic or Arabic) and to acquire specialist skills in disciplines like Palaeography and Archaeology, as well as teaching a wide knowledge of Late Antiquity, and offering students an opportunity to explore in depth topics that particularly interest them


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Late Antiquity in the Mediterranean. A Guide to Online Resources

This section of ORB, the On-line Reference Book for Medieval Studies, hopes to convey some of that excitement, and to make available both original sources from Late Antiquity and some of the best modern scholarship about the era.

De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Rulers and Their Families

De imperatoribus Romanis, launched in 1996, is an on-line encyclopedia on the rulers of the Roman empire from Augustus (27 BC-AD 14) to Constantine XI Palaeologus (1449-1453). The encyclopedia consists of (1) an index of all the emperors who ruled during the empire's 1500 years, (2) a growing number of biographical essays on the individual emperors, (3) family trees ("stemmata") of important imperial dynasties, (4) an index of significant battles in the empire's history, (5) a growing number of capsule descriptions and maps of these battles, and (6) maps of the empire at different times. Wherever possible, these materials are cross-referenced by live links. These contents are supplemented by an ancient and medieval atlas, a link to a virtual catalog of Roman coins, and other recommended links to related sites. The contents of DIR have been prepared by scholars but are meant to be accessible to non-specialists as well. They have been peer- reviewed for quality and accuracy before publication on this site.

Late Antiquity Resources: Primary Texts & Tools

Vanderbilt Univ

This guide will help you navigate the maze of Late Antiquity Resources here at the Central Library & Divinity Library and highlight quality resources on the Web.

Visualizing Late Antiquity

University of Kent

It seems timely to bring academic work on late antiquity to wider attention, to compete with ‘Roman’ and ‘Medieval’ images of the European past. To achieve this, scholars must be able to evoke the material atmosphere of late antiquity convincingly, in both text and images, to create an imaginative space in which the public can conceive of the events and cultural development of the time. The most effective way to do this is to describe the everyday urban society of the 4th-6th c., concentrating not just on its great capital of Constantinople, but rather on middling and smaller provincial cities, which are better known, in terms of both archaeology and epigraphy.



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