The Third Bi-Annual


"Urban and Rural in Late Antiquity,

ca. AD 200-600"

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia


11-14 March 1999


The Third Conference on Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity, "Urban and Rural in Late Antiquity" [ca. 200 - 600], will be held at Emory University, Atlanta, 11 - 14 March 1999.



All sessions are in the Dental Building, Rm #230, 1462 Clifton Road

The Exhibition "Rome and the Germans as Seen in Coinage" by Emory University and the Staatliche M|nzsammlung M|nchen is on display in the Schatten Corridore Gallery, Level 3, of the Woodruff Library of Emory University. A complementary copy of the catalogue can be found in your conference packet.

Thursday 11 March 1999

12:00 - 2:00 Registration: Register or pick-up your conference packet in

Dental Building, Rm #101

Urban Centers I

2:00 - 4:00 Session #1

"Augsburg in Late Antiquity: A Roman City in Transition" Gunther Gottlieb (Universitdt Augsburg, Germany)

"The Late Ancient City and the Croatian Adriatic Coast," Miroslav Katic (Croatia)

"Bygone Rome in the Historia Augusta," Jacqueline Long (Loyola University, Chicago)

"Re-Writing Rome: Damasus and the Urbs Christiana," Dennis Trout (Tufts University)

4:00 - 4:30 Coffee Break [coffee and tea are available in Dental Building 101]

4:30 - 5:30 Plenary Session

"Towns, Vici and Villae: Late Roman Military Society on the Frontiers of the Province Valeria," Zsolt Visy (Pannonius University of Pics, Hungary)

6:00 - 7:00. Reception: In the Joseph W. Jones Room, Level 3 Robert W. Woodruff Library, adjacent to the Exhibit "Rome and the Germans as Seen in Coinage."

Friday 12 March 1999

7:00 - 8:00 Complementary Continental Breakfast available in Dental Building 101. Late Registration is also at this time and place.

Urban Centers II

8:00 - 9:30 Session #2

"Alexandria and the Mareotis Region," Christopher Haas Villanova University)

"The Case of Late Antique Berytus: Urban Wealth and Rural Sustenance: A Different Economic Dynamic," Linda Jones Hall (St. Mary's College of Maryland)

"Urban Space in Caesarea Maritima, Israel," Joseph Patrich (University of Haifa, Israel)

9:30 - 10:00 Coffee Break [coffee and tea are available in Dental Building 101]

10:00 - 11:00 Plenary Session

"Women and Horses and Power and War," John Drinkwater (University of Nottingham, Great Britain)

11:00 - 12:00 Session #3

"Studies on the Topography of Pompeiupolis and its Surroundings (Cilicia/Southern Turkey) in Late Antiquity. Results of a Survey," Erguen Lafli (Universitdt T|bingen, Germany)

"Byzantine Urbanism at Petra: Decline or Transformation?", Zbigniew Fiema (Dumbarton Oaks)

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch [at individual discretion]

Town and Country I

1:30 - 3:00 Session #4

"Archaeological Perspectives on Rural Settlement in Late Antiquity in the Upper Rhine and Danube Area," Helmut Bender (Universitdt Passau, Germany)

"Peasants as 'makeshift soldiers for the occasion': Sixth-century Settlement Patterns in the Balkans," Florin Curta (Cornell University)

"Ex toto Orbe Romano: Urbanization and Ruralization in the Carpathian-Danubian Region during Late Antiquity," Linda Ellis (San Francisco State University)

3:00 - 3:30 Coffee Break [coffee and tea are available in Dental Building 101]

3:30 - 4:30 Colloquium

4:30 - 5:30 Session #5

"Town and Countryside in Roman Arabia during Late Antiquity," David Graf (University of Miami)

"Rabbinic Landscapes: Domestic Relations, Town and Countryside in Late Antique Palestine," Hagith Sivan (University of Kansas)

7:00 - 9:30 Banquet and Plenary [Cox Hall Dining Room, 3rd Floor]

"Urban Life at Rome in Late Antiquity," Giza Alfvldy (Universitdt Heidelberg, Germany)

Saturday 13 March

7:30 - 8:30 Complementary Continental Breakfast available in Dental Building 101

Town and Country II

8:30 - 9:30 Session #6

"From Colonate to Slavery: A History of the Peasantry in Visigothic Spain," Luis Garcia-Moreno (Universidad de Alcala, Spain)

"The Interdependence of Town and Country in Late Antique Spain," Michael Kulikowski (Washington and Lee University)

9:30 - 10:00 Coffee Break [coffee and tea are available in Dental

Building 101]

10:00 - 11:00 Session #7

"Autun and the Civitas Aeduorum," Bailey Young (Eastern Illinois University)

"Rural Society and Economy in Late Roman Cyprus," Marcus Rautman (University of Missouri, Columbia)

11:00 - 12:00 Plenary Session

"The Preacher's Household: Sermons and Gender-roles," Gillian Clark (University of Liverpool, Great Britain)

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch [at individual discretion]


1:30 - 3:00 Session #8

"From Pagan to Christian in Cities of Roman Anatolia," Kenneth Harl Tulane University)

"Christianizing the Rural Empire: The Case of the Anatolian and Iberian Pennisulas," Mark Graham (Michigan State University)

"Christianizing the Syrian Countryside: An Archaeological and Architectural Approach," Frank Kidner (San Francisco State University)

3:00 - 3:30 Coffee Break [coffee and tea are available in Dental Building 101]

3:30 - 4:30 Session #9

"Core and Periphery: The Christianization of the Aristocracy of Roman Italy and the Western Provinces," Renee Salzman (University of California, Riverside)

"The Continuity of Paganism in the Cities and Countryside of Late Roman Africa," David Riggs (Christ Church, Oxford University, Great Britain)

4:30 - 5:30 Colloquium

5:30 - 6:30 Business Meeting of the Society for Late Antiquity [also in Dental Building 230]

Sunday 14 March 1999

7:30 - 8:30 Complementary Continental Breakfast available in Dental Building 101

Church and Clergy

8:30 - 10:00 Session #10

"Nec sedere in villam: Villa-Churches, Rural Piety and the Priscillianist Controversy," Kim Bowes (Princeton University)

"His locis ministrent presbyteri: Urban Bishops and Country Priests in Late Antique Gaul," Tracy Keefer (University of South Carolina)

"Urban or Rural? Church and Churchmen in Sub-Roman Britain," Christopher Snyder (Marymount University, Arlington)

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break [coffee and tea are available in Dental Building 101]

10:30 - 11:30 Session #11

"Monasteries and Pilgrimage in Cilicia and Isauria," Hugh Elton (Florida International University)

"Egeria and Thecla Shrine at Seleucia in Isauria," Hiroaki Adachi (Doshisha University, Japan)


Registration: Advanced Registration begins 15 January 1999. Please register in advance, if possible, so that we may better plan the breakfast setups, reception, and banquet.

To register send your name, academic affiliation, and a check payable to Emory University to:
Shifting Frontiers
Office of University Conferences
Drawer B, DUC
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322

Alternatively conference participants and attendees for Shifting Frontiers may pay their registration fees by credit card to the Office of University Conferences via email. Please email the following information to
Name of Participant/Card Holder
Type of Credit Card (Visa and MC only)
Account Number
Expiration Date
Fee Amount
(Note: Please reference "Shifting Frontiers" in the subject line of your email.)
If there are any questions processing your fees, Emory University's Office of Conferences will contact you via email.

Fees: (Includes three Continental Breakfasts, a Reception, and Banquet)
Additional meals will be available on campus and nearby on a cash basis.

Lodging: Participants are encouraged to make reservations at the Emory Inn, where preferred rates and rooms have been established for us. The Emory Inn is directly on and a part of Emory University. The lecture hall where our sessions will be held is just over one block away. For room reservations contact the Emory Inn directly, noting our group affiliation, Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity. The Emory Inn is ready to accept your reservations at anytime. To insure guest room availability at these preferred, the Emory Inn requests that reservations be made prior to 9 Feb. 1999. Single or Double Occupancy, $95 per diem.
The Emory Inn, 1615 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329. Phone (404) 712- 6565, also 1-800-933-6679, FAX (404) 712-6025

A limited number of dormitory-like rooms are available for graduate students at Villa International of Atlanta. For information and rates inquire with Janice Clotfelter, fax: 404-248-9315, phone: 404-633-6783.

Visitor Information: Visitors to Emory from outside Atlanta can get information from this Emory Web page [ ].

From Hartsfield International Airport to Emory University:
If you need transportation to campus from the airport, you may ride the Atlanta Airport Shuttle, take a taxi cab, or utilize MARTA - Atlanta's public transportation system:

1. Atlanta Airport Shuttle - the shuttle will transport conference guests to and from Atlanta Hartsfield Airport for $15 one way and $24 round-trip. The shuttle will stop at the Woodruff Residential Center and the Turman Residential Center (additional stops at Dobbs University Center, Emory Hospital, Emory Clinic, Emory Inn, University Inn, and the Emory Conference Center Hotel). Reservations are strongly recommended a day in advance, but can be made a minimum of two hours prior to pick-up time. If no reservations have been made, the shuttle will not stop on Emory's campus. Please call the Altanta Airport Shuttle at 404-524-3400, if you have any questions or to make a reservation.

2. Taxi -- The taxi fare from the airport to Emory is approximately $25.00.

3. MARTA -- From the airport, take the MARTA train Northbound to the Lindberg Station. Exit the train at Lindberg and then board the #6 bus, which will make multiple stops on the Emory campus. The fare for the MARTA system is $1.50 inclusive.

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