Volume 2 no.1

December, 1997

Table of Contents

*Introductory Notes*

*Conference Announcements*

*Seminars, Colloquia, Workshops, and Lectures*

*Centers, Institutions, Programs, Projects, Collaborations*

*New Books*

*Journal Announcements*

*Museum Exhibits

*Job Openings*

*Fellowships and Grants*

*Computer Notes: WEB Sites and Discussion Lists*


Publication information:

The Late Antiquity Newsletter 2.1 (December, 1997)
"*LAN*" is published several times a year under the auspices of the Society for Late Antiquity, which consists of those in attendance at the bi-annual Late Antiquity conferences. It is distributed gratis over the Internet using a distribution list named LTANTSOC, which operates using LISTSERV software. Readers are permitted and welcome to cite, repost, and reprint material from *LAN* so long as suitable acknowledgement to the "Late Antiquity Newsletter" is given. "*LAN*" is intended to "get the news out" about current events re-lating to Late Antiquity. The following kinds of contributions are solicited: announcements of conferences, symposia, colloquia, lec-tures, books, journals, museum exhibits, archaeological digs, WEB sites (all with or without summaries of contents), job openings, collaborative/interdisciplinary projects, work in progress, and re-quests for assistance. Also, succinct notices of a scholarly nature that might be too brief for publication in more traditional scholar-ly journals. *LAN* also serves as a more structured corollary to LT-ANTIQ, the Late Antiquity discussion list, and will include dis-cussions of computer-related topics, and summaries of some of the topics that have been discussed on LT-ANTIQ.

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N.B. To allow for easier electronic navigation, the different sections are separated by a row of "============" and the different entries of each section by a row of "------------". Italics (underscores) are represented by asterisks.



The Second Annual "Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity" Conference was held at the University of South Carolina in March, 1997. There were over 40 presenters, and over 100 in attendance. The general excellence of the papers was matched by the fine weather. Negotiations are currently underway to publish two volumes of papers from the conference. The conference program can be found on the Society of Late Antiquity Web Page ( Plans for the Shifting Frontiers III, to be held at Emory University in March, 1999, are currently well in hand, and an announcement and Call for Papers is appended below. LAN now has nearly 1,000 subscribers, and the list continues to grow. The vitality of the field of Late Antiquity is indicated not only by the great number of activities that are underway, as will readily be seen below, but also by the increasing number of professional positions that specify "Late Antiquity", only some of which also are included below.



The Society for Late Antiquity Web page can be accessed at:

It includes:

·       The Late Antiquity Newsletter back issues

·       Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity Conference Programs

·       The Society for Late Antiquity By-Laws

·       A list of Discussion Lists Related to Late Antiquity

·       Extensive links to WEB Sites of Late Antique Interest, including:

o      Byzantine Studies Sites

o      Ancient/Classical/Medieval Sites

o      Late Antiquity Source Materials (Reference Collections and Resources, Primary Source Collections, Late Antique Authors and Texts)

o      Disciplines and Methodology Sites (Art and Architecture, Archaeology, Geography, Chronology [Calendars, Consuls, and Emperors], Epigraphy, Ethnography, Legal Texts and Law, Numismatics, Palaeography/Codicology, Papyrology, Prosopography, Saints and Hagiography, Religion)

o      Links to Books, Articles, Special Topics, and Bibliography

o      Organization, Institute, and Museum Sites

o      Journal Sites

o      Employment Sites

We hope that there will be something there for everyone, and please forward additions, corrections, and comments to



"Urban and Rural in Late Antiquity"

Emory University

11-14 March 1999

The THIRD conference on "Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity" will be held at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, March 11-14, 1999 on the topic of "Urban and Rural in Late Antiquity" [ca. 200-600 AD].

We will restrict the number of papers more severely than in former meetings so as to allow each presenter more time and to provide at least 90 minutes each day to have true symposia at which the goal will be to press those presenters specializing in Urban to struggle with those more knowledgible in Rural settings so as to discover regional patterns and variations.

For example, in a certain Roman city Christianity was rapidly gaining ground but in its countryside the story was different. Why? How do we know? How does the area around this town thencompare to other regions? What about gender roles in cities ascontrasted to rural areas?

We will also have three plenary papers by prominent researchers, at least two of those from abroad. The final day's symposium will sculpt the regional syntheses into multi-regional theses, perhaps for the entire Empire. By making very specific comparisons, this final discussion should also underscore those regions and themes needing further investigation as well as clarify the specific contributions being made by the various disciplinary approaches represented. All symposia will be recorded and the discussions will be included as a major section of the published conference proceedings.

Please direct inquiries concerning the Program to:
Prof. John W. Eadie, Department of History, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824
For all other matters contact:
Prof. Thomas S. Burns, Department of History, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 30322

From: (Thomas S. Burns)





American Numismatic Society

The third annual edition of the Society's Forum on Arab-Byzantine numismatics took place on Saturday, November 15. Specialists in the Byzantine-style coinage issued under Arab rule in the eastern Mediterranean lands will exchange reports of their new finds and findings. The forum was co-sponsored by the Oriental Numismatic Society.

From: "Michael L. Bates"



The First Birmingham Colloquium on the textual criticism of the New Testament was held 14-17 April 1997. Several papers dealt with topics relating to Late Antiquity, including:

G. Childers, "The Georgian versions of the NT"

D.G.K. Taylor, "Pre-Peshitta Citations in the Syriac corpus of Basil of Caesarea"

W.J. Elliott, "Tachygraphy and Nomina Sacra"

David Parker
TEL. 0121-414 3613
FAX 0121-414 6866



The Dept. of Religious Studies and Theology at the University of Wales, Cardiff, held a research in progress day in the field of late antiquity on Thursday 8 May 1997. Papers from graduate students, and those who have completed their doctorates, were presented.

Geoffrey Greatrex, Dept. of Religious Studies & Theology, Univ. of Wales, Cardiff, Humanities Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff CF1 3EU,



CENTRE FOR LATE ANTIQUITY. Faculty of Arts, Victoria University of Manchester, in association with LE PROJET VOLTERRA, History Department, University College, Gower Street, London, presented LAW AND SOCIAL ORDER: A RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM, SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER 1997.

Simon Corcoran (Nottingham) Diocletian, incest and related legislation

Jill Harries (St. Andrew's) Ambrosiaster and the authority of law

Tony Honore/ (Oxford) Christian quaestors in East and West

Bernard Jackson (Manchester) Legal culture: from oral to written

Enquiries to Marios Costambeys

From: ucrarws



February 26 1998: Dr Benet Salway (Department of History, University College, London), "Journeying in the Roman World and the Genesis of the Tabula Peutingeriana"

Meetings are held at the University of London, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB (i.e. quite close to the British Museum) at 5.00 pm on a THURSDAY.

Convened by Tony Campbell (Map Library, British Library) and Catherine Delano Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London).

Enquiries to the following:
Tony Campbell, Map Librarian
British Library Map Library



A series of lectures and seminars on the Mediterranean world from he later Roman empire to Byzantine, Islamic, and medieval times were presented in the Spring of 1997, including:

Assoc. Prof. Ted Nixon (Macquarie University), "Sozomen: A Plethora of Historians"

Emeritus Prof. Edwin Judge (Macquarie University), "*Christianitas*: Why Did They Belatedly Need This Word?"

Dr Brian Brennan (Macquarie University), "The Cult of the Cross Between Byzantium and Francia"

Dr Katherine Adshead (University of Christchurch), "With What Was Procopius Disillusioned?"

Professor Garry Trompf (University of Sydney), "The Consolations of History in a Declining Empire: Orosius and Retributive Logic"

Dr Averil Keely (Sydney College of Divinity), "The Function of Arians and Jews in the *Histories* of Gregory of Tours"

Dr Andrew Gillett
School of History, Philosophy and Politics
Macquarie University
Sydney NSW Australia 2109



Second semester, 1997

A series of lectures and seminars on the Mediterranean world from the

late Roman empire to Byzantine, Islamic, and medieval times were held:

Dr Geoffrey Greatrex (Cardiff), "The Abolition of a Late Antique Festival"

Dr Kathryn Ringrose (California, San Diego), "Eunuchs and Angels in Byzantium"

Dr Alan Walmsley (Sydney), "The Decapolis After Rome: Elements of Continuity/Evidence for Change"

Professor Benjamin Isaac (Tel Aviv), "Roman Frontier Studies: Current Theories"

Dr John Koenig (Macquarie), "Christian Charity and Prisoner Supplications in the Late Antique/Early Medieval Period"

Professor Fergus Millar (Oxford), "Jerome and the Near East"

From: "Andrew Keith Gillett"




In 1998 the Centre for Medieval Studies in Toronto will offer summer courses at the MA and PhD levels. The courses will be concurrent and will last seven weeks (22 June to 7 August). Prospective students must take the Centre's MA Latin examination in April; admission and placement will depend on performance in this exam. A pass on the MA exam is required for admission to the PhD Latin course. The fee for the courses is $600 (Cdn) for Canadians and $600 (US) for non-Canadians. Some scholarship support may be available.


Both MA and PhD courses will meet five days each week for an hour and

a half; the instructor will also be available half an hour each day

for consultation.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE AT THE CENTRE FOR MEDIEVAL STUDIES BY 1 MARCH, 1998 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION and sample Latin exams, please see the Centre's homepage:
or e-mail
or write to A.G. Rigg, Medieval Latin Committee, Centre for Medieval Studies, 39 Queen's Park Crescent East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2C3



The Ottawa Christianity Group met on November 28 to discuss a text prepared by Theodore de Bruyn on "Flogging a Son: Representation and Practice in Latin Christian Discourse from Tertullian to Augustine." De Bruyn contends that flogging (*flagellare*) was a punishment reserved in the early Roman empire for slaves. Thus one would not speak of flogging one's own children, though they might be beaten (with the hand or a rod). By the time one reaches Augustine, however, the rhetoric has shifted, and he alludes often to punishment of one's children with *flagella*. Whereas earlier Christian preachers spoke in a similar vein, they did so less often and usually in a metaphorical application of certain biblical texts such as Pro. 3:12/Heb. 12:6. Augustine employs the texts but seems to mean in certain instances that parents should apply the *flagellum* to their children. De Bruyn feels that this reflects a broadening in the notion of *flagellum* and *flagellare* to include beatings with something other than whips, rather than an extension of a punishment once reserved only to slaves.

From: Kevin Coyle





Megan Williams (Princeton University)

Jay Treat (University of Pennsylvania)


Brad Kirkegaard (University of Pennsylvania)

Beth Pollard Lisi (University of Pennsylvania)


Robert Kraft (University of Pennsylvania)

For 1997-98, the PSCO is bringing together scholars of early Judaism, early Christianity, and the Greco-Roman world to examine interpretation as a social practice in the Mediterranean world from Philo of Alexandria through Augustine of Hippo. Our focus is on textual commentaries and related texts. In order to make sense of commentary writing in late antiquity, we wish to situate it within the context of ancient modes of reading, ancient modes of construing the relation of text and meaning, and ancient modes of transmitting knowledge, as these can be reconstructed within particular communities and cultures.


6 November 1997

David Dawson, Haverford College, "Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Christian Identity: Origen on Body, History and Narrative"


22 January 1998

Daniel Boyarin, University of California at Berkeley, "Who Wrote the Dominant Fiction? On the History of the Early Phallus" (This meeting will take place in Princeton.)

March 1998

Robert Lamberton, Washington University, "Interpretation in the Neo- Platonist Tradition"

9 April 1998

James O'Donnell, University of Pennsylvania, "Christian Interpretation in Late Antiquity"

For for further information, visit the PSCO web site:

From: Robert Kraft



"Religion in the Roman Empire"

The annual UNB Ancient History Colloquium was held this year on the

Saint John Campus of the University of New Brunswick on March 15, 1997.

The theme of the colloquium was "Religion in the Roman Empire" and the

keynote speaker was Professor T.D. Barnes of the University of Toronto.

Dr T.E. Goud:






11-13 September 1997,

Alexander the Great founded several cities under his own name, from the Dardanelles to the Punjab. But the city which he founded in 332 BC at the mouth of the Nile Delta, and where he was buried, is by far the most famous of all these Alexandrias. The ancient site is now covered partly by the sea and partly by centuries of later habitation so its reality is hard to reconstruct. Images of Alexandria and of its cosmopolitan culture abound, however, and have been appropriated by many societies. The powerful allure of the city, and of its reputation as a centre of learning, is reflected in the current UNESCO project, to build a modern successor to the ancient library of Alexandria, which disappeared at the end of antiquity (see

The aim of this conference, at King's College, London, was to explore, and juxtapose, many of the representations of Alexandria both across time and across cultural divides.

The conference was organised by the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London, (Professor Judith Herrin, Director, Mr. Nicholas Egon and Mrs. Charlotte Rouech[1]) with the British Museum (represented by Dr. Susan Walker), the Friends of the Alexandria Library (represented by Professor Maurice Line and Professor Herwig Maehler) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (represented by Professor M. A. S. Abdel Haleem)

The opening lecture was given by Professor J.-Y. Empereur (CNRS, Paris/Alexandria), presenting his underwater excavations of ancient Alexandria. The first session, chaired by Professor Peter Parsons (Christ Church, Oxford) looked at the creation of a tradition of Alexandrianism. Professor R. Sorabji (King's College London) talked about the tradition of Alexandrian philosophy; Professor M. Silk (King's College London) talked about Alexandrianism in literature, and Professor M. Zahran (Alexandria) spoke about the place of the new Library building within the architectural tradition of Alexandria. Dr. Lucilla Burn (British Museum) then gave a lecture on Alexandria at the British Museum, examining the issues involved in identifying and displaying Alexandrian artefacts in the Hellenistic Gallery of the Museum. The next session, chaired by Professor Roland Mayer (King's College London), dealt with Perspectives on Alexandria. Dr. Jane Rowlandson (King's College London) spoke about the view of Alexandria from the Egyptian hinterland in the Graeco-Roman period; Dr. Michael Trapp (King's College London) presented the view from the Roman Empire; Professor G.Curatola (Udine) presented the Venetian view, and Dr. O. Weintritt (Freiburg) the view from the Muslim world. The next session, chaired by Dr. Larry Conrad (Wellcome Institute, London), was on Self-representations of Alexandria, looking at the images of themselves and each other of the various communities of the city. Professor H. Maehler (University College London) looked at the original construction of the image of Alexandria by the Ptolemies; Dr. M. Seif El-Din (Alexandria) presented a series of parallel painted images from the city drawing on the Greek and the Egyptian traditions; Dr. J. Carleton Paget (Cambridge) considered the relationship of the Jewish and the Christian communities to each other and to the city's past; Kostis Moskof (Alexandria) examined the attitudes of the modern Greek community; Dr. G. Contis (Washington, D.C.) showed how the modern city is confronting the traditional problems of its environment. The Final address, by Professor M. el-Abbadi (Alexandria), was on The Alexandrian Library in history

The conference web-site:

From: Judith Herrin



Rome, The Imperial Court, and the World Beyond

A conference held 28-31 August 1997 at Durham University (UK); papers included:

John Matthews: "Ammianus and the Barbarian Mind"

Doug Lee: "Ammianus and the dark side of late Roman diplomacy"

John Drinkwater: "Ammianus and the Rhine Germans"

Keith Hopwood: "Ammianus on Isauria"

Rowland Smith: "Ammianus' narrative of Julian" (?)

Frank Trombley: "Ammianus Marcel1inus and fourth-century warfare: battle-piece v. empirical observation"

David Woods: "The Comites Sagittarii at Amida: Ammianus 18.9.4"

Hans Teitler: "Ammianus on Persia and the Persians"

Jan Willem Drijvers: "Ammianus on Arsaces and early Parthian history"

Jan den Boeft: "Pure religious rites 23.6.33"

John Hind: "Ammianus on the Iranian Nomads: Alans and others on the northern frontier"

Roger Rees: "The outsider inside: Ammianus and Rome"

Tom Harrison: "Ammianus Marcellinus and a religious ideal of Rome"

Ad Hereijgers: "Constantius' visit to Rome: an alternative View of Ammianus' attitude towards the Romans"

Michael Whitby: "A tetragonos aner: three panegyrics and a historian on Constantius II"

Mark Humphries: "Symmachus, Ammianus and the image of Valentinian I"

David Hunt: "The outsider inside: Ammianus and the rebellion of Silvanus"

Shaun Tougher: "Ammianus and the eunuchs"

Brian Warmington: "Ammianus and Constantine"

Peter Heather: "Ammianus on Jovian: history or literature?"

Jill Harries: "Power, communication and response: Julian as legislator"

Theresa Urbaincyk: "Proper History and Church History: Ammianus and the church historians"

Daan den Hengst: "Ammianus, the Historia Augusta, and Julian"

Dr. David Hunt,
Dept. of Classics, University of Durham
38 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3EU, UK;
E-mail: E.D.
Dr. Jan Willem Drijvers, Dept. of History, University of Groningen
P.O. Box 716, 9700 AS Groningen, The Netherlands




20-22 novembre 1997

Liste des communications

B. Aggoula, "Hatris/Hatra de la Tabula Peutingeria et les itineraires Sirgora/Singara-Ctesiphon"

(College de France, Institut Catholique, Institut Protestant et CNRS)

From: "Charles E. Jones"



The First Annual Medieval Origins Graduate Conference, on the topic of CHRISTIANIZATION IN THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES, 400-1000, was held at Princeton University on October 18, 1997, sponsored by The Group for the Study of Late Antiquity and the Medieval Studies Program. This one-day conference explored aspects of late antique and medieval Christianiza- tion, from the eastern frontiers of Byzantium to northern Europe, from the destruction of the Serapeum to the conversion of Iceland. Keynote speaker was Professor Dennis Trout of Tufts University, who presented a paper on Christianization at the shrine of Saint Felix in early fifth century Nola.




The Second Annual Graduate Student Conference at UCLA on Late Antiuqity was held on 19 April 1977. The UCLA Graduate Student Association for the Study of Late Antiquity seeks to facilitate interdisciplinary exchange on the profound tensions and conflicts, the political, religious, cultural and socioeconomic transformations and the communal and institutional developments in the Mediterranean region from the second to the seventh centuries.

From: Cynthia Jan Villagomez




NOVEMBER 8, 1997

"The Pictish Symbol Stones: A Ritual of Magic": Christine Lovasz, Boston University

"Exploring the Demography of Ritual in Roman Funerary Customs": Laurel L. Taylor, University of Pennsylvania

"The Decennalia of Gallienus and the Construction of Roman Imperial Ideology" Paul Legutko, University of Michigan

For further information contact one of the conference chairs:
Clint Chamberlain
Cassandra Michaud
Steve Morandi




This conference organized by Baltimore Hebrew University, co-sponsored by The Walters Art Gallery, and The College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and held 4-6 May 1977, included several items of late antiqueinterest.

"Highlights of the Late Roman and Byzantine Collections," Gary Vikan

Lawrence Schiffman, New York University, "The Early History of Public Torah Reading"

Stuart Miller, University of Connecticut, "Ancient Synagogues in the Galilee: Rabbinic Evidence"

Lee I. Levine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, "The Patriarchate and the Ancient Synagogue"

Tessa Rajak, University of Reading, "The Synagogue Within the Greco- Roman City"

Robin Jensen, Andover-Newton Theological School, "The Dura Europos Synagogue, Early Christian Art and Religious Life in Dura Europos"

John S. Crawford, University of Delaware, "Jews, Christians and Polytheists in Late Antique Sardis"

From: Baltimore Hebrew University Library



A conference held at the American Academy in Rome and the Universita` di Roma "la sapienza"

Organized by William V. Harris and Andrea Giardina


1. Filippo Coarelli (Perugia), La riorganizzazione urbanistica dell'urbs tra Diocleziano e Massenzio

2. Javier Arce (Spanish School, Rome), L'inventario di Roma. Il curiosum e la notitia

3. Kate Cooper (Manchester), The gesta martyrum and the topography of fifth-century Rome

4. F. Guidobaldi (Rome), Le domus tardoantiche di Roma come "sensori" delle trasformazioni culturali e sociali

5. Letizia Pani Ermini (Rome), Lo spazio urbano tra Alarico e Teoderico


1. Alan Cameron (Columbia University, New York), The Last Pagans of Rome

2. Beat Brenk (Basel), The Christianization of the Domus of the Valerii on the Caelian

3. Carlo Pavolini & Elisabetta Giuliani (Rome), La cosiddetta Biblioteca di Papa Agapito a la Basilica di Sant'Agnese

4. Michele Salzman (University of California at Riverside), Social Status and Social Networks in the Conversion of the Roman Aristocracy


1. Nicholas Purcell (Oxford), The plebs urbana: Problems of Classification and Comparison

2. Elio Lo Cascio (Naples), Canon frumentarius, suarius, vinarius: stato e privati nell'approvvigionamento dell'urbs

3. Frank Kolb (Tuebingen), Population Numbers and Food-supply Problems in the Late-antique City

4. Francesca De Capraris (Rome), I porti di Roma nel IV secolo

5. Clementina Panella (Rome), Sviluppi recenti nello studio della cultura materiale di Roma nel IV secolo


1. Augusto Fraschetti (Rome), "Quando reges Romam veniunt"

2. Silvia Orlandi (Rome), Il Colosseo nel IV e V secolo

3. Richard Lim (Smith College, Northampton, Mass.), Desacralization and the Survival of the ludi: Public Spectacles and the Elite in Late- antique Rome (4th-6th c.)
William V Harris

Franco A. Volta




At this conference, held at the University of Wisconsin 21-23 September 1997, Susanna Elm presented a workshop on "Apocalyptic Expectations and Ascetic Response: The Case of Montanism in the Fourth Century", and Richard Landes and Randolph Daniel and Fannie LeMoine led workshops on topics of importance for Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.

From: Fannie Lemoine





University of Kentucky

4-8 November 1998

The 24th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference will be held at the Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, from Thursday, November 4 through Sunday, November 8, 1998. The conference is an annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine history and culture and is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status.

Abstracts must be postmarked no later then march 15, 1998, or March 2, if submitted from abroad, and sent to Claudia Rapp, Program Chair, Institute for Advanced Study, Olden Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540.





11-16 JULY 1999

Organised by the Society for Hellenic Cartography and the National Hellenic Research Foundation, in collaboration with Imago Mundi Ltd. Conference theme: 'The Cartography of the Mediterranean World' - and any other aspect of the history of cartography. Languages: the conference will be conducted in English, French and Greek, with simultaneous translation. If you are working on ANY ASPECT of the history of cartography and are interested in receiving further information, which will be issued in the 'Call for Papers' in Spring 1998, please complete the form below. This does not commit you in any way. [If you have already made a return by mail please let the Conference Secretary have your email address].



1. NAME:






7. I saw this message on the following Internet list:


Return this form to:
Dr George Tolias
18th International Conference on the History of Cartography, The
National Hellenic Research Foundation, 48 Vassileos Konstantinou
Avenue, GR-116 35, Athens, Greece
Telephone: +301 721 0554
Fax: +301 724 6212

From: Tony Campbell



Florence, 23-29 aout 1998

Suite aux deliberations de l'Assemblee Generale du 21e Congres International de Berlin (aout 1995), le prochain Congres International de Papyrologie se tiendra a Florence du 23 au 29 aout 1998, organise par l'Istituto Papirologico "G. Vitelli". L'Institut et la ville de Florence sont heureux d'accueillir le Congres, pour la seconde fois depuis 1935, lorsque Girolamo Vitelli etait encore en vie. Nous esperons que les participants y trouveront la plus grande satisfaction quant aux resultats scientifiques et a l'accueil a Florence. Nous avons donc le plaisir d'inviter au Congres tous les membres de l'Association, ainsi que tous les savants interesses. Etant donne l'important afflux touristique a Florence, nous prions toutes les personnes interessees de renvoyer au plus vite le formulaire ci-inclus, et au plus tard le 30 avril 1997. Les participants qui ont l'intention de presenter une communication sont pries d'en indiquer le titre ou le sujet general en specifiant la categorie de travaux dans laquelle il pourrait s'inserer (voir liste ci- dessous). Le Congres accueillera vraisemblablement un nombre eleve de participants; aussi le Secretariat regroupera-t-il les communications par themes, qui pourraient etre les suivants:

* nouveaux papyrus grecs ou latins de contenu litteraire (y compris les sujets chretiens)
* textes documentaires grecs ou latins concernant le developpement de l'administration centrale de l'Egypte
* textes documentaires grecs ou latins contenant des nouveautes dans le domaine du droit prive
* textes particulierement interessants pour l'histoire de la litterature, de la pensee et des sciences de l'antiquite
* recuperation et conservation du materiel
* bibliologie et paleographie des papyrus
* nouveaux textes litteraires coptes
* nouveaux textes hieratiques ou demotiques
* histoire de la langue, de la culture et de la religion
* histoire socio-economique de l'Egypte byzantine et arabe
* etudes sur les papyrus d'Herculanum
* instrumenta studiorum

Certains participants auront la charge de diriger des seminaires specifiques sur des textes ou des themes susceptibles d'approfondissements ulterieurs.

Comme d'habitude, les communications se feront dans une langue largement connue, comme le francais, l'anglais, l'allemand, ou l'italien. Les seances ordinaires du Congres se tiendront dans le centre de la ville, pres de la gare Santa Maria Novella, au Palazzo degli Affari.

A l'occasion du Congres aura lieu l'inauguration, dans un ancien palais florentin, d'une exposition consacree a des antiquites retrouvees en Egypte, et intitulee "Antinoe cent'anni dopo", fruit de la collaboration entre plusieurs institutions italiennes et etrangeres.

Diverses excursions sont prevues dans des localites toscanes d'interet archeologique et artistique. En outre, apres la conclusion du Congres, monsieur le prof. Marcello Gigante aura le plaisir d'inviter les participants a une excursion d'une journee a Naples, avec visite de la collection des papyrus d'Herculanum, du Musee archeologique, des fouilles d'Herculanum.

Nous nous permettons de signaler que les frais d'inscription au Congres seront d'environ 400.000 lires, reduites a 250.000 lires pour les membres de l'A.I.P. et a 200.000 pour les jeunes papyrologues 1997 de l'A.I.P. Pour les accompagnateurs, les frais d'inscription prevus seront de 100.000 lires.

Studio Oliva Scaramuzzi, Viale Milton 81, I-50129 Firenze
Tel.+ 39 55 476377 (ou 494949) fax 476393
From: marcand@CESIT1.UNIFI.IT



Vienna, 20-27 September 1999


The congress will be inaugurated at the city hall of Vienna on Sunday, September 20, 1999. The sessions will be held at the Archaeologiezentrum from Monday Sept. 21 to Wednesday Sept. 23. Thirty minute papers will be given in the morning, twenty minute papers and the poster session will be presented in the afternoon according to sections. On Sept. 20 a trip to Carnuntum is scheduled. Two tours will be offered, both leaving Sept. 24-27. One will take participants to the Danube Limes and Carinthia, the other to Ephesos in Turkey. A topic pertaining to a specific section (architecture, ecclesiastical history, epigraphy, minor arts, mosaics, numismatics, painting, sculpture, topography, written sources, and the history of research) should always relate to the general theme EARLY CHRISTIANITY BETWEEN ROME AND CONSTANTINOPLE. An additional section on Christian Archaeology in Austria is planned. Also papers regarding the Instrumenta Studiorum and Novitates are welcome. Congress languages are English, French, German, Italian.

Your form for preliminary registration, including information regarding your paper, should be sent to us by January 31, 1997. The acceptance of your paper will be confirmed when the congress organizers receive your abstract. It should arrive no later than January 31, 1999, be ready for publication, and not exceed one page.

Registration fee: If received by January 31, 1999, ATS 2.000.- (approx. DM 285 or US$ 200), after this date ATS 2.500.-. There will be a special rate for students and accompanying guests. Fees include all meeting materials, attendance of sessions as well as scheduled social events. However, fees do not include tours or additional events for guests.

Further circulars will only be sent to registered participants and institutions.

Please send registration by January 31, 1997, to:
Kongress Sekretariat
Abteilung fur Fruhchristliche Archaologie am Institut fur Klassische
Archaologie der Universitat Wien
Franz Klein-Gasse 1, A-1190 Wien
Tel.: ++43/1/313 52/242
Fax: ++43/1/319 36 84




5-9 September 1998

We have the pleasure to announce that the Center of Papyrological Studies and Inscriptions in Ain-Shams University has undertaken the organizing of this International Congress. The main theme is "PALESTINE IN THE LIGHT OF PAPYRI AND INSCRIPTIONS', from antiquity to the middle ages. This Congress will take place from Saturday the 5th to Wednesday the 9th September 1998. The meeting will be held in the Guest-House of Ain-Shams University.

The Organizing Committee invites abstracts on one of the following topics:

1- Geography of Palestine
2 - History of Palestine
3- Population and Emigration to or from Palestine
4 - Linguistic studies such as Syriac, Aramaic, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Arabic, etc.
5 - Cults, religions and places of worship in Palestine
6 - Social and economic study
7 - Literature and arts in Palestine
8 - The relationship between Palestine and its neighbors: Egypt and Mesopotamia
9 - Palestine in ancient and medieval sources: Analytical, statistical and descriptive study
10 - Edition of new texts: Papyri, inscriptions, ostraca and coins Languages of the conference are English, French, German, Italian and Arabic.

The deadline for abstracts is 1st February 1998. Those wishing to participate are kindly requested to contact:
Prof. Dr. Alia HANAFI
Director of Center of Papyrological Studies and Inscriptions (CPSI) Ain Shams University, Abbassia / Cairo / Egypt / Postal code 11566
Tel. (00202) 2844283. Fax. (00202) 2859251 and (00202) 2830963



Call for Papers: "Byzantium: Sexualities, Boundaries, Limits," panel for Conference on the "Queer Middle Ages" November 5-7, 1998, at the Graduate Center of CUNY in New York. The panel will focus on Byzantine Sexualities/Queering Byzantium. Some of the most interesting writing on western Medieval history is coming from scholars who have taken "Queer Theory" seriously. Within Byzantine studies such perspectives have, as yet, had little impact. lthough some interesting writing has taken place on Byzantine homosexuality the subject is dominated by a documentary approach. Such approaches are, of course, essential first steps. So what is "Queer Theory"? Very briefly it involves a particular attitude to past societies. Rather than looking at majorities and norms, it looks at what was marginal, non normative, and "queer" within a society. This is done because of intrinsic interest, and because consideration of limits may also give a good deal of insight into what was taken as "normal". "Normality" and "queerness" do vary between societies. For example, traditional Chinese society, before the 18th century at least, did not regard male homosexuality as specially problematic, but eunuchs were despised; in Byzantium, although active opposition to homosexuality seems to have waned in later centuries, we have, it seems, a contrast to the Chinese case - Byzantine eunuchs could achieve high political and ecclesiastical office, and even sainthood, whereas homosexual activity was frowned on. What does this difference say about social constructions of masculinity in Byzantine society? Consideration of such issues raises new questions about societies to which a "Queer Theory" approach is applied. The conference "Queer Middle Ages" it is rapidly becoming clear, will be a seminal event in the use of "Queer Theory" in medieval studies. Even though some of the jargon of Queer Theory may fade, the issues raised and papers delivered at this conference will have some significance for the field as a whole. Byzantinists were very late in taking academic feminist analysis seriously, although this has now changed. The texts we deal with are replete with marginalization, and so it seem to be be possible to put together a panel of Byzantinists for this conference. A number of paper suggestions have already been made, but, since some are provisional, I am keen to receive other suggestions.

Please send:

1. A very brief bio [affiliation, research interests], and paper title.

2. A draft abstract needs. It need not, of course, be the final summation, but it should represent the questions you intend to raise and the sorts of sources you envision using. Papers should show some awareness of "queer studies" - even if you reject the "queer" project - should be built into the paper for the benefit of the other participants.



5-7 NOVEMBER 1998

AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ALSO ENDORSED BY: The Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship; CEMERS (Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, SUNY Binghamton); the Society for the Study of Homosexuality in the Middle Ages; The Center for Research in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, New York University. This conference is dedicated to "queering" the Middle Ages: to the pursuit of methodologies of interpretation and documentation of the same-sex choices of women and men who resisted hetero -normativity in their sexual and affective bonds during the period we have come to call the "Middle Ages." We seek to expand knowledge of resistance to compulsory heterosexuality in a wide range of the globe's cultural areas, such as the Arab and Islamic worlds, China, and the pre-colonial Americas. We understand "middle ages" to be a flexible, not prescriptive term, which can begin, depending on the area under consideration, as early as the 4th century CE and end as late as the end of the 16th century CE. The conference aims to articulate the reasons why the "Middle Ages" have remained separate from far-reaching inquiries in lesbian/gay/ bisexual/transgender studies. While queer studies have made significant impact in the study of the early modern period, the Middle Ages have only sporadically been the object of "queering," and we have only begun to document lives shaped by same-sex desire. This period plays a potentially critical role in current debates over the historical parameters of the construction of homosexuality, offering a counterpoint to theories that deny the possibility of its existence before the modern age. The particularities of same-sex, non- heteronormative behaviors in the Middle Ages also provide rich material for a better understanding of many aspects of gendered identities.

Four plenary speakers have agreed to participate in the conference:

*Judith Bennett
*Michael Camille
*Carolyn Dinshaw
*Everett K. Rowson

Two-page abstracts of papers are due by *December 31, 1997*.
Francesca Canade Sautman Steven Kruger
From: Paul Halsall



An international conference to honour Donald Bullough on the occasion of his 70th birthday University of St Andrews, 11-14 June, 1998. Speakers include:

Giles Constable: Confraternity and commemoration in the early Middle Ages

Federico Marazzi: Rome in transition: recent approaches to the study of political and economic changes in Rome between the 5th and the 8th centuries

Thomas F X Noble: Papal sources and Roman society in the ninth century

Tom Brown: Between Franks and Byzantines: Rome c.840-962

Andrea Augenti: Continuity and discontinuity in a seat of power: the Palatine Hill in the early Middle Ages

Alessia Rovelli: Coin production and monetary circulation in early medieval Rome

R Santangeli Valenzani: Residential building in early Medieval Rome

Per-Jonas Nordhagen: Constantinople on the Tiber: the Byzantine Greeks in Rome and their images

Chris Wickham: Early medieval Rome: a typical Italian city?

Paolo Delogu: Rome as regional centre in central Italy, 8th-10th centuries

Nicholas Brooks: Canterbury, Rome and the construction of English identity

Alan Thacker: In search of saints: Roman martyrs and the insular churches in the seventh and eighth centuries

David Ganz: Roman books revisited

Herbert Schneider: Roman liturgy and Frankish allegory

Julia M H Smith: Old saints, new cults: Roman relics in Carolingian Francia.

For full details, please send an e-mail with your full postal address to: SCHLHIST@ST-AND.AC.UK

or write/fax Mrs E Johnstone, Conference Secretary, School of History, St Katharine's Lodge, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AL, Scotland. Fax: +44 (0)1334-462914.

From: Julia Smith




A graduate student symposium will be held at Stanford University, with papers ranging from the early classical through the late antique periods, February 27-28, 1998.

For more information: Send e-mail to

From: Adam C Serfass


20-21 February 1998

The Seventh Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium in Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Studies at the University of Miami a conference on the topic of *Identity* in the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque may be explored from multiple perspectives encompassing such diverse fields as literature, history, architecture, philosophy and religion as well as the fine arts, the social sciences and the natural sciences. *Identity* is meant to be taken in its broadest sense. It includes, but is not limited to, constructions of self and others, questions of local, national, geographic, cultural and social borders and communities, history and memory. Papers bridging different periods and disciplines are especially welcome.


Send a one-page abstract and a c.v. to
Jane E. Connolly OR Maria Galli Stampino
Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures
P.O. Box 248093
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33124-4650.
Phone: (305)284-5585; fax: (305)284-2068.





Pain, of all sensations, is the least susceptible to expression

and empathy; it defies verbalization and description. And yet, for the sufferer, it is the most vivid and powerful experience of all. Between the two states, experience and description, would appear to be, then, an unbridgeable gap. To quote Elaine Scarry from *The Body in Pain* (New York-Oxford, 1985), "To have pain is to have *certainty*; to hear about pain is to have *doubt*." The question this session would address is, therefore, how does medieval art make the sufferings of others apprehensible in a way that provides *faith*? Pain and suffering are central to the Christian view of history: the Fall is the initiation of all pain: the patriarchs knew of God's existence and presence through their discomfort; the Son of God was truly human through his agonizing end; and the apostles and martyrs, like many medieval Christians, identified themselves with Christ by spanning description in scripture and the experience of pain and death. The representation of pain in medieval Christian art was consequently ubiquitous and depictions of the crucifixion, martyrdoms and the consignment of sinners to hell are commonplace to art historians. But to eyes conditioned to other, more baroque or documentary modes of describing, medieval representations are often strangely muted in their displays of suffering. Contemporaries saw these representations with different eyes as the tears of Gregory of Nyssa (ca. 335-ca. 395) and Ignatius the Deacon (ca. 770/80-d.after 845), for example, attest. Communicating the sufferings of others did not necessarily depend on outward displays of pain.

The expression of pain in art, and the affective response that brings the viewer nearer to faith, are complex activities whose structures need careful examination and contextualization. Such expression demand analysis in light of larger cultural concerns about punishment (legal, ecclesiastical, etc.), the physiology of suffering, and perception of 'eternal torment', as expressed in hagiographies, for instance. With a range of papers from different chronological and geographical perspectives, visual descriptions of pain will be seen to be highly charged rhetorical acts with emotional, social and political obligations.

Possible topics are: the body beyond pain and the ability to believe, Christ and Thomas; visible sufferings in Last Judgement scenes and the empathy of the viewer; the face of the torturer as the other; signs of interior torment and misery; the monitory rhetoric of iniquitous killing in art.

Anyone interested in participating in this session is encouraged

to send an abstract BEFORE 1 JULY 1997 to:
Glenn Peers
25a Homewood Avenue
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2M 1X1




13-17 May 1998

We are happy to announce here that we will be organizing an International Colloquium on "Platonic Theology", to celebrate the completion of the Bud[1] edition of Proclus' "Theologia Platonica", in honour of its editor, H.-D. Saffrey. Leuven (Belgium), Hoger Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte, De Wulf-Mansioncentrum. In his "Platonic Theology", Proclus for the first time in the history of Platonism offers a fully elaborated systematic exposition of the theology of Plato. In the Platonic school it was generally recognized that the theological doctrines of Plato are 'scattered' throughout his dialogues, and attempts were made to systematize the material, but they all were surpassed by the grandiose synthesis of Proclus. Discussing the texts of Plato and situating them within the scientific framework of the "Parmenides", Proclus (re)constructs Plato's doctrines on the First One, the gods and the hierarchical procession of reality. The colloquium will be devoted in the first place to the study of the "Theologia Platonica", to its conception of theology, to its structure, its logical and hermeneutical principles. Some speakers will also present a paper on the different classes of gods, on the use of specific passages of Plato, and on the antecedents of this theological project or its influence on later philosophy.

Conference languages are English, French, and German.

Organizing Committee: C. Steel (Leuven) - A. Segonds (Paris); Secretary: G. Van Riel (Leuven).

Confirmed speakers (provisional list, updated July 1st, 1997): W. Beierwaltes (Germany), H. Blumenthal (U.K.), L. Brisson (France), J. Bussanich (U.S.A.), J. Cleary (Ireland-U.S.A.), J. Combes (France), C. D'Ancona (Italy), J. Dillon (Ireland), S. Gersh (U.S.A.), L. Gerson (Canada), P. Hoffmann (France), C. Luna (Italy), P. Meijer (the Netherlands), D. O'Meara (Switzerland), J. Opsomer (Belgium), J. Pepin (France), I. Perczel (Hungary), F. Romano (Italy), A. Segonds (France), A. Sheppard (U.K.), L. Siorvanes (U.K.), A. Smith (Ireland), R. Sorabji (U.K.), C. Steel (Belgium), B. Van den Berg (the Netherlands), G. Van Riel (Belgium), K. Verrycken (Belgium).

For further information, please contact the secretary of the Colloquium: Dr. Gerd Van Riel

Hoger Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte
De Wulf-Mansioncentrum
Kard. Mercierplein 2
B-3000 Leuven
tel.: *-32-16-32.63.36
fax: *-32-16-32.63.11 or 22

From: Gerd Van Riel





Les 27, 28 et 29 novembre 1998 la Wetenschappelijke Onderzoeksgemeen- schap van het Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen "Maat- schappij en Administratie in de Hellenistische en Romeinse Wereld" (president L. MOOREN) organise avec le concours de la Vrije Universiteit Brussel, de la Katholieke Universiteit Leuven et la Fondation Egyptolo- gique Reine Elisabeth, un Colloque International: Le Role et le Statut de la Femme en egypte Hellenistique, Romaine et Byzantine

PROGRAMMA / PROGRAMME (Selected presentations):

F. Colin (IFAO, Le Caire), "Le clerge feminin dans l'Egypte greco- romaine"

E. Wipszycka (Warszawa), "L'ascetisme feminin en Egypte"

T. Saavedra (Heidelberg), "Women as property-owners in Roman

Egypt and Roman Spain. Some Points of Comparison"

R. Mazza (Bologna), "Women, land and administration in Byzantine Egypt"

A. Arjava (Helsinki), "Women and Law in Roman Egypt"

M. Parca (Urbana-Champaign), "Violence by and against Women in Documentary Papyri from Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt"

J. Beaucamp (Aix en Provence), "Assistance judiciaire aux femmes

et role du mari d'apres les papyrus byzantins"

I. Muller (Heidelberg), "Widows and their Social Relations in Roman Egypt"

R. Cribiore (New York), "The women in the Apollonios Archive and their use of literacy"

P. Heilporn (Ann Arbor), "Sentiments de femmes et d'hommes dans les lettres"

Si vous voulez vous inscrire, vous pouvez Employer le formulaire d'inscription qui est joint. Si vous souhaitez recevoir un programme et un formulaire d'inscription par courrier postal, contactez-moi.

Coordinator : H. Melaerts
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Sectie Latijn-Grieks
Pleinlaan, 2, B-1050 Brussel, Belgique
tel.: 00+32+2+6292665, 00+32+2+6292575
fax: 00+32+2+6293684





Vol. 9 (1997). Selected contents:

Ellen Johnston Laing, "Recent Finds of Western-Related Glassware, Textiles, and Metalwork in Central Asia and China"

Chuimei Ho, "Turquoise Jars and Other West Asian Ceramics in China"

A. S. Melikian-Chirvani, "The Wine Birds of Iran from Pre-Achaemenid to Islamic Times"

Guitty Azarpay, "A Jataka Tale on a Sasanian Silver Plate"

Richard Salomon, "Three Dated Kharosthi Inscriptions"

Martha L. Carter, "OESHO or Shiva"

Tigran Mkrtychev, "New Buddhist Sculpture from Kara-Tepe"

H.-P. Francfort, F. Soleilhavoup, J.-P. Bozelle, P. Vidal, F. D'Errico, D. Sacchi, Z. Samashev, et A. Rogozhinskij, "Les p[1]troglyphes de Tamgaly" David Frendo, "The Early Exploits and Final Overthrow of Khusrau II (591-628): Panegyric and Vilification in the Last Byzantine- Iranian Conflict"

Albert de Jong, "Shadow and Resurrection"

Joseph Gutmann, "Ancient Synagogues: Archaeological Fact and Scholarly Assumption"

Review Articles

P. O. Skj[1]rva, "The Manichean Polemical Hymns in M 28 I"

Martha L. Carter, "A Note on Metalwork from the Hellenistic East"


GYSELEN. Au carrefour des religions: M[1]langes offerts  Philippe Gignoux (Carol Altman Bromberg)

GYSELEN. Circulation des monnaies, des marchandises et des biens (Carol Altman Bromberg)

DE CALLATAY. Les t[1]tradrachmes d'Orodes II et de Phraate IV: Etude du rhythme de leur production mon[1]taire  la lumi re d'une grande trouvaille (A.D.H. Bivar)

GYSELEN. Sceaux magiques en Iran sassanide (P. O. Harper)

Studies. Vol. 2 (Martha L. Carter)

INVERNIZZI. In the Land of the Gryphons: Papers on Central Asian Archaeology in Antiquity (Carol Altman Bromberg)

Clothbound, printed on acid-free paper
300 pp., ca.40 ills., $65 + $8 shipping
Order from:
Bulletin of the Asia Institute, 3287 Bradway Blvd.,
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

From: Carol Bromberg



Classics Ireland volume 4 (1997) is now available. If anyone is interested in obtaining a copy, contact please contact me (Theresa Urbainczyk email -

Earlier volumes can be seen at

Contents of Classics Ireland volume 4(1997)

Several contributions of potential late antique interest:

"Carpets of Stone: the Graeco-Roman Legacy in the Levant", Claudine Dauphin

"Fifth-Century Athenian and Augustan Images of the Barbarian Other," Philip Hardie

"In Search of Diocletian," Adrian Higham

"Zeno and Gallienus: Two Gentlemen of Verona," Mark Humpheries

Contents of Classics Ireland 3(1996)

"The Bones of St Peter?", John Curran

"Brothels, Baths and Babes: prostitution in the Byzantine Holy Land," Claudine Dauphin

"Slavery in the Roman Empire: numbers and origins," John Madden

From: Theresa Urbainczyk



A new edition of the German language numismatic journal

Geldgeschichtliche Nachrichten (GN) is published since 1966 by the Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Geldgeschichte (GIG) in Frankfurt am Main with 6 issues per year.

The new issue is No. 176 for November 1996, including:

Michael Matzke: Antikenrezeption am Beispiel der Mnzen Karls des Grossen.

Information on forthcoming expositions, congresses, coin fairs, auctions. 21 reviews, including Lukanc, Diocletianus; Mangieri, La monetazione medievale di Salerno; Krumbach, Aachener Muenzen des Mittelalters; Oresmius, Tractatus de origine et natura, jure et mutationibus monetarum.

Write to:

Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Geldgeschichte (GIG)

Ilse WAGNER, Postfach 2140

D - 64532 Moerfelden-Walldorf, Germany

Tel +49 - 6105 - 65 05

Fax +49 - 6105 - 7 13 56

Dr. Hubert Emmerig
Institut fuer Numismatik der Universitaet Wien
Franz Klein Gasse 1, A-1190 Wien
Tel. +43-1-313 52-225; Fax 310 68 44



Published by Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Hellenic College

. Original Scholarly Articles

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Here is your opportunity to read about the theology, history, liturgy, cultural background, Church Fathers and Mothers, personalities, events, thought and life of the Orthodox Tradition. Keep up to date with books and journals concerning the Eastern Orthodox tradition, with a special emphasis on Greek Orthodoxy.

Recent Issue:

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A One-Year Subscription of $23.95 ($27.00 foreign) provides you with four quarterly issues. Over 400 pages of quality reading.

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Contents of Volume 41 - 1;


"Philosophy and Theology: The Demonstrative Method in the Theology of St. Gregory Palamas," Stavros Yangazoglou

The stance of St. Gregory Palamas in face of ancient Greek philosophy is generally critical. On the basis of the dual gnosiological methodology of the Greek Fathers, the subject matter of philosophy is differentiated from the sphere of knowledge of theology. Philosophy, however, is not rejected, but it is appropriated by theology, critically and supportively. Greek patristic theology employed even diverse elements, essential to philosophy, after previously transforming and harmonizing them in the Holy Spirit, in the context and the presuppositions of its own ontology.

"Theodoret of Kyros on the Relationship of the Body and the Soul Before Birth," Paul Crego

An examination of the patristic tradition on the creation of the soul in relationship to the body, with a background on patristic embryology, is followed by an examination of key exegetical positions in the writings of Theodoret of Kyros related to the issue and its theological implications for the doctrines of creation, original sin, free will and baptism.

"Dorylaion: Bulwark of the Byzantine Frontier," Clive Foss

The strategic location of Dorylaion made it one of the Byzantine Empire's most important cities, particularly militarily. The history of the city is outlined from its Roman roots to its fall to Turkish forces in the twelfth century. Based upon medieval sources and modern research, the city's archaeological remains are described.

"Review Essay: John Boswell, Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe,"

Kenneth W. Kemp & Robert Kennedy

A careful and detailed analysis of Boswell's controversial work, thoroughly examining the literary, historical, and interpretive foundations of Boswell's understanding of the practice of adelphopoiesis as "same-sex marriages" in pre-modern Europe. The evidence raises serious questions regarding the adequacy and validity of Boswell's thesis.




Heights of Galilee is an electronic Journal established by the Safad and Galilee Research Center. This Reserach Center was established some time ago in Safad Regional College which is one of the branches of Bar Ilan University. This Journal will deal with all aspects of the region (the northern part of Israel). The journal will include several sections:

* Earth Sciences

* History and Archaeology

* Sociology and Anthropology

* Social Sciences

The journal will focus mainly on History and Archaeology. Nevertheless as a regional research center each Issue will include papers submitted in different aspects and research areas. The papers submitted will be refereed and then published electonicaly in this electronic journal. Future plans are made to publish hard copies of the issues previously published through the electronic media.

The editorial comitee:

* Prof. Zeev Safrai - Land of Israel Studies Department - Bar Ilan University

* Prof. Nissan Rubin - Sociology Department - Bar Ilan Unversity

* Dr. Baruch Ophir - School of Education - Bar Ilan University

* Dr. Ben Zion Rosenfeld - Jewish History Department - Bar Ilan University

* Dr. Shakib Sallah - History Department - Bar Ilan University

* Mr. Hagi Amitzur - Safad Regional College - Bar Ilan Branch

First issue is planed for publication on 1/11/97.

Deadline for papers to be published in the first issue 1/10/97. Further information about the research center and its activities can be found:

For any further details please contact:

Hagi Amitzur, Executive Director
Safad and Galilee Research Center
Safad Branch - Bar Ilan University or



Church, Society and Culture in the Insular World

A new journal edited by Tom O'Loughlin and published by TNT Clark. Its aim is to be thoroughly interdisciplinary but to focus on ecclesiastical issues ranging from Theology and structural organisation to scholarship and interaction with secular interests. The primary concern will be with interaction between the Churches with the Hiberno-British archipelago but contributions concerning related issues will be considered.

Manuscripts or further enquiries should be directed to Tom O'Loughlin at:

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies,
University of Wales, Lampeter
Lampeter, Ceredigion,
Wales SA48 7ED

From: Alex Woolf



The Syriac Computing Institute (SyrCOM) is proud to announce its new

electronic journal, *Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies*

For more info:

Articles, squibs, project reports and book reviews on all topics related

to Syriac studies in all its aspects are welcome. Four copies of all

submissions should be sent to the General Editor in hard-copy form

(i.e., printed on paper) at the following address:

George Anton Kiraz (Hugoye Journal)
c/o Bell Laboratories
700 Mountain Avenue
Murray Hill, NJ 07974 USA
Fax: +1 (908) 582-3306



Vol XLII, 2 - June 1997

Andr[1] Laks (Universit[1] Charles de Gaulle, Lille III): Between Religion and Philosophy: the Function of Allegory in the Derveni Papyrus

Paul Kalligas (Athens): Forms of Individuals in Plotinus: A Re- examination

Founded in 1955, Phronesis has become the most authoritative scholarly

journal for the study of ancient Greek and Roman thought (ancient philosophy, including logic, physics, ethics, political philosophy, psychology, metaphysics, epistemology and the philosophy of science and medicine) from its origins down to the end of the sixth century. Phronesis offers the reader specialist articles, discussion notes and book notes from top scholars in Europe and North America. The language of publication is in practice English, although papers in Latin, French, German and Italian are also published.

* Published: three times a year in March, July and November

* Vol. 42, 1997 (approx. 360 pp. per volume)

* Subscription prices:

Individuals: NLG. 135.- / US$ 84.50 (incl shipping and handling)

Back volumes and individual issues available on request

* ISSN 0031-8868

Mirjam Hartman



A Web site containing 'Pomoerium. Studia et commentarii ad orbem classicum spectantia' (electronic version of a classical journal, full- text).

Included are links to other classical web Sites and private homepage(s)


Dr. Ryszard Pankiewicz




Back numbers of PROSOPON can now be accessed at our Web site:

David E. Thornton





H.W. Pleket, A.M.F.W. Verhoogt (eds.)

H.W. Pleket - A.M.F.W. Verhoogt (eds), *Aspects of the Fourth Century A.D. Proceedings of the symposium Power and Possession: State, Society and Church in the Fourth Century A.D., held on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the interdisciplinary debating society AGAPE, Leiden 3-5 June 1993*

AGAPE Leiden, 1997, ISBN 90-9010514-X, 146 pp. ,ca. Dfl. 49,90

Can be ordered from:

J.C. Gieben, Nieuwe Herengracht 35, 1011 RM Amsterdam, The Netherlands


G. Bartelink, Die Vita Antonii des Athanasius

A. Cameron, Christianity and Communication in the Fourth Century: the Problem of Diffusion

J. Gaudemet, L'Edit de Thessalonique: police locale ou declaration de principe?

F. Guidobaldi, Transformation urbaines, sociales et religieuses a Rome au IVeme siecle

R. Lane Fox, Power and Possession in the first Monasteries

D. Liebs, Landraub eines grossgrundbesitzers 384 n.Chr. (Symmachus, Rel. 28)

R. MacMullen, Tracking Value Changes




Arja Karivieri

Papers and Monographs of the Finnish Institute at Athens, vol. V, Helsinki 1996. ISBN 951-95295-6-X. ii + 329 pages + 39 figures + 56 plates. 300 FIM. Distribution: Bookstore Tiedekirja, Kirkkokatu 14, FIN- 00170 Helsinki, Finland (fax: +358-9-635017)

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Alberto Camplani

Studia Ephemeridis Augustinianum 56, Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum (Via Paolo VI, 25 - 00193 Roma), Roma 1997, pp. 358, ISBN 88-7961-041-4.

This book provides an overview to Egyptian Christianity about III-VI centuries AD. It covers such topics as the main trends of Alexandrian theology, the origin and development of Coptic literature with special attention given to the origenistic controversy, the circulation of gnostic texts in Coptic, the origins of the Greek and Coptic monastic literature, the cultural and social features of the ecclesiastical hierarchy (from the bishop of Alexandria to the most humble subdiacon) and the functioning of the Church structures, the typology of the papyrological documentation, the evolution of art and architecture of churches and monasteries. Special emphasis is laid on the problems involved in the interpretation of literary, historical, and documentary sources, and on the cultural background of a bilingual society.


Prefazione - Teologia e cristologia dell'Egitto cristiano (M. Simonetti) - Letteratura copta e cristianesimo nazionale egiziano (T. Orlandi) - Sulla trasmissione di testi gnostici in copto (A. Camplani) - Il mondo spirituale e intellettuale del primo monachesimo egiziano (M. Sheridan) - Le istituzioni ecclesiastiche in Egitto dalla fine del III secolo all'inizio dell'VIII secolo (E. Wipszycka) - Egitto cristiano: testimonianze papirologiche (M. Naldini) - Arte e archeologia copte: principali testimonianze (M. Rassart Debergh) - Indici: indice delle fonti - indice degli autori moderni - indice delle cose notevoli.

Tito Orlandi

CISADU - Fac. di Lettere, P.zale Aldo Moro, 5; 00185 Roma


Titles available and forthcoming

Enquiries to the University of Pennsylvania Press (USA) or to Liverpool University Press (Europe) (or to if you want to ask whether a specific title is in preparation).

*Titles Available*

The Lives of the Ninth-century Popes (Liber Pontificalis) (1996); The Lives of the Eighth-century Popes AD 715-817 (1992); The Book of Pontiffs (Liber Pontificalis to 715 AD) (1989), all translated with annotation and introduction by Raymond Davis

Gregory of Tours: Glory of the Martyrs ((1988); Glory of the Confessors (1988), both by Raymond Van Dam; and Life of the Fathers (ed. 2 1991) by Edward James

Bede: On the Temple (1996) Sean Connolly, introduction by Jennifer O'Reilly; and On the Tabernacle (1994) Arthur G. Holder

Aurelius Victor: De Caesaribus (1994), Harry Bird

Eutropius: Breviarium (1993), Harry Bird

Vegetius: Epitome of Military Science (ed. 2 1996), Nicholas Milner

Venantius Fortunatus: Personal and Political Poems (1996), Judith George

Caesarius of Arles: Life, Testament, Letters (1994), William Klingshirn

Cassiodorus: Variae (1992), Sam Barnish

Victor of Vita: History of the Vandal Persecutions (1992), John Moorhead

Donatist Martyr Stories (1996), Maureen A.Tilley

Conquerors and Chroniclers of Early Medieval Spain (1990), Kenneth Baxter Wolf

The Goths in the Fourth Century (1991), Peter Heather and John Matthews

The Emperor Julian: panegyric and polemic (ed. 2 1989), Sam Lieu

Chronicon Paschale 284-628 AD (1989), Michael and Mary Whitby

The Seventh Century in the West-Syrian Chronicles (1993), Andrew Palmer, Sebastian Brock and Robert Hoyland

Pseudo-Dionysius of Tel-Mahre: Chronicle, part III (1996), Witold Witakowski

Iamblichus: On the Pythagorean Life (1989), Gillian Clark

Forthcoming 1997:

Optatus: Against the Donatists, Mark Edwards

Lives of the Visigothic Saints, Andrew Fear

Hilary of Poitiers: Against Valens and Ursacius; Letter to Constantius, Lionel Wickham

Hilary of Poitiers, Conflicts of Conscience and Law in the Fourth- Century Church (Against Valens and Ursacius; Letter to Constantius): ed. L.R. Wickham

Expected 1998:

Cassiodorus: Institutes and On the Soul

Themistius: Selected Orations

Bede's Exegesis

Lives of the Visigothic Fathers (Sisebut, Life of Desiderius; Braulio, Life of Aemilian the Confessor; Lives of the Fathers of Merida; Ildefonsus of Toledo, Lives of Famous Men; Life of Fructuosus of Braga): ed. A.T.Fear

Order information, and further information on the series, is on the TTH webpage at:

The General Editors, Gillian Clark ( and Mary Whitby ( are always interested to hear of projects to translate and annotate texts from the period c.300-900. There are several other texts in preparation: please consult one of the general editors, Gillian Clark ( or Mary Whitby (m.whitby@ if you are interested in a particular text from c.300-800 AD or would like to make a suggestion.

From: "Dr E.G. Clark"


Raffaella Cribiore

The American Society of Papyrologists, American Studies in Papyrology, volume 36:

This book is a study of how writing was taught and learned in Graeco- Roman Egypt. It brings together the evidence for teachers and school probided by the papyri and it is based on a thorough study of the school exercises which have survived from Graeco-Roman Egypt. A discussion of the texts and the evidence they furnish about ancient education is followed by a new catologue of school exercises. The book offers some important corrections of traditional views about learning to write and provides a more realistic picture of the role of teachers and students in the ancient classroom. It will be of interest not only to papyrologists but also to general classicists and ancient historians interested in education and literacy.

The book is available for $49.95 ($33.50 for members of the ASP) from:
Scholars Press Customer Services, PO Box 6996, Alpharetta GA 30239 (Jennifer Sheridan)




Stephen McCotter

This doctoral thesis, successfully examined in October 1995, arose from the concern that while many scholars have recently dealt with the Byzantine army from a socio-economic perspective, research into how the army actually conducted its operations was neglected. Sieges in particular were largely ignored although they constituted over half of the military engagements in the period from Constantine to Heraclius. Investigations covered how the Byzantines and their enemies attacked and defended fortifications, what weapons they used, why they attacked them, how they treated them after capture, and how the cities were defended. It also examines the changes over time in this area of late antique military operations. This diachronic work was concerned not only with the Byzantine forces, but also with their enemies. Literary statements by late antique authors, to the effect that the 'barbarians' were useless when it came to attacking walled cities, had been accepted without question but the fact remained that they captured many. This needed to be examined. To facilitate this, the various armies were grouped according to their level of urbanisation, since siege warfare naturally involves attacks on cities. The aim was to see whether urbanised peoples conducted siege warfare in a more advanced fashion than their less settled counterparts. The conclusion of the thesis suggests that experience of urban living does not improve poliorcetic ability in its own right. The Visigoths roamed inside the empire for 40 years before settling in Aquitaine, but even then they could still not take cities by assault, and they show no sign of having acquired siege weapons. Yet the nomadic Avars were able to assault cities successfully almost from their first contact with the empire. Thus association with urban living was not the sole determinant of poliorcetic capability, at least not for storming operations. If cities were to be assaulted it was the side with the best weaponry which achieved most, and the urban lifestyle of various peoples seems to have little bearing on this. The significant feature appears to have been the use of the bow. The western barbarian peoples did not make much use of archers and consequently struggled to take towns by force, but when they incorporated the former imperial institutions of the regions they inhabited, including their military establishments, their ability to assault cities improved dramatically. The fact that many former imperial units contained archers would appear to be the key factor in this. In terms of simply gaining control of cities by any means possible, an urban background seems to have influenced the ability of the various peoples. Once they started to live in and around cities, the barbarians understood what urban life required in order to function. It is no coincidence that after the Goths had been living in Italy for a while they appreciated the importance of supplies for a city's survival. Rather than simply sitting around towns trying to prevent provisions reaching those inside, they actually tried to control possible sources of supply. Hence their capture and garrisoning of Portus every time they besieged Belisarius in Rome. The value of treachery and deception was not lost on them either, witnessed particularly by their attempts to bribe gate-keepers. Thus the various barbarians were just as effective as their more settled counterparts when it came to taking cities. They used different tactics, based on a recognition of their own abilities and deficiencies, to conduct sieges. Successful storming operations were admittedly rare, but it must be pointed out that the Byzantine military handbooks themselves suggested that direct assaults were the last resort rather than the preferred way of taking objectives. Therefore, by avoiding assaults, the barbarian forces were achieving success with the minimum number of casualties, which is arguably military ability at its best. Other aspects touched on the doctoral work included technology transfer, particularly the introduction of the trebuchet. I believe it may have appeared as early as the 580s, being brought west by the Avars and rapidly copied by the Byzantines and then the Persians. Another point was the increasing influence of Christian beliefs in warfare. The siege of 626 is not unique in terms of popular piety as similar incidents of supernatural defenders of cities appear as early as 337 at Nisibis. It is put into context by demonstrating that divine protection did not only take the form of phantom apparitions, but is evident in reports of bishops manning ballistae, monks defending walls, cities falling because they had not fasted piously enough and other similar beliefs. Finally, a comparison with former Roman siege operations showed that the Byzantines were not as effective as their predecessors. less effort and energy appears to have been expended in the military conduct of sieges than before. Even the nomadic tribes seem to have been more forceful in their poliorcetic operations, while the Persians appear to have been the most successful and competent of all the forces in late antiquity. While the Roman legions had easily been the preeminent military force in their time, the fourth-seventh centuries were times of crisis when the empire was overwhelmed by widespread military problems and the fact that it conducted as many sieges as successfully as it did is testimony to its ability.

Gouden Hoorn vol. 4 issue 2

From: (Annabelle Parker)




Guido Milanese

Gregorian Chant is our only source of the music of the Early Middle Ages, deeply rooted in traditions of Late Antiquity. This book contains the Concordance of the Graduale Romanum (1974 edition) and several other indexes and lists. Some of them are of lexicographic interest, others are of musicological and/or palaeographic pertinence (and they refer to the Graduale Triplex). The introduction is written by Mirella Ferrari, a well known scholar of Latin palaeography. This work is

complete. It lists *all* the words, including et, ad, etc.: this is of crucial importance for studying the style and the "formulae", and from a paleographic point of view. The reverse index is important particularly for those who study fragments (to locate a chant).

CONTENTS: Introduction (Mirella Ferrari); Preface; Sigla; Fontes; Concordantia; Computationes; Index retrogradus (reverse index); Index iuxta frequentiam verborum (list of words by number of occurrences); Index cantuum iuxta modum (list of chants by "modes"); Index cantuum iuxta speciem et modum (list of chants by category and "modes"); Index cantuum sine neumis in libro G.T. (chants without neumes in the Graduale Triplex); Index cantuum sine neumis in indice Hesbertiano inscriptorum (chants without neumes in the Graduale Triplex but listed in the Antiphonale Missarum of Dom Hesbert); Index locorum variantium in libro G.T. (list of chants where there are textual differences among the mss used in the Graduale Triplex); Index verborum extremorum cantuum (list of the final words of chants)

ISBN: 88-8055-151-5, Pages: 550
Publisher: Editrice Liguria s.n.c. di N. Sabatelli & C.
Via De Mari 4R - I-17100 Savona, Italy
Price: US $55 includ. air mail shipping and handling (= 80,000 It. Lire)

Guido Milanese
Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore




Bezalel Porten (with J.J. Farber, C. Martin, G. Vittmann, L. MacCoull, S. Clackson, S. Hopkins, R. Katzoff)

(Brill. Leiden, 1996), ca 650 pp. NLG 402/$259.50. ISBN 90 04 10197 7.

Contains 175 formatted documents in translation with commentary-- hieratic, demotic, aramaic, greek, coptic, arabic, latin.

List of documents treated available upon request. Bezalel Porten, Jewish History, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

LEXIKON ZUR BYZANTINISCHEN GRAEZITAET besonders des 9.-12. Jahrhunderts, 2. Faszikel (argyrothorax-dysauchenos), ed. Erich TRAPP (with Wolfram HOERANDNER, Johannes DIETHART, Astrid STEINER-WEBER, Elisabeth SCHIFFER et al.), Verlag der Oesterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna 1996, 223 pp., ISBN 3-7001-2552-6.



Die Konstitution des Senatsadels in der Spaetantike

Dirk Schlinkert

Mit einem Appendix ueber den praepositus sacri cubiculi, den "allmaechtigen" Eunuchen am kaiserlichen Hof (Hermes Einzelschrift 73)

Stuttgart 1996 ISBN 3-515-06975-5, 128 DM

Aus dem Inhalt
I. Einleitung
II. Standortbestimmung der Forschung
III. Der Senatsadel als Stand: Methode und Terminologie
IV. ordo senatorius: Der Senatsadel in den normativen Quellen
V. nobilitas: Der Senatsadel in den res gestae Ammians
VI. Bilanz: Der Senatsadel in zwei Profilen: ordo senatorius und

Die Arbeit behandelt ein Schluesselproblem der spaetantiken Sozialgeschichte: Was war der spaetantike Senatsadel? Welchen Typus von "Adel" repraesentiert er? Was konstitutiert diesen Adel als Stand? Durch einen sozial- und mentalitaetsgeschichtlichen Ansatz, der "Realitaeten" und "Mentalitaeten" in den Blick nimmt, wird der spaetantike Senatsadel als "Stand" erfasst. Ausgehend vom kulturwissenschaftlichen Begriff des "Standes" (Max Weber) werden die normativen Texte (Codex Theodosianus/Codex Iustinianus) sowie die res gestae des Historiographen Ammianus Marcellinus als Deutungsschemata der sozialen Wirklichkeit untersucht und gedeutet. In diesen Fallstudien kristallisieren sich zwei Bilder des Senatsadels heraus, die besonders in der staendischen Lage uebereinstimmen: Es sind vor allem Geburt und Herkunft, welche den Senatsadel als Stand

konstituieren. Zweitens die Verbindung von Sozialprestige und politischer Funktion, die ueber den reziproken Gabentausch von Herrscher und Senator organsisiert war. Dazu ein staendischer Lebensstil, der auf der Grundlage des adligen Hauses und des familiaeren Besitzes beruhte und ueber das Prinzip der imitatio maiorum den Fortbestand adliger Handlungs- und Verhaltensweisen sicherte.







Current content: information about the society, membership and executive board as well as announcements of interest to epigraphers and the epigraphically inclined. Coming soon: links to other epigraphical resources and discussion/presentation of works in progress by members of the society. Please visit the site and provide us with your comments and suggestions.

If you have a problem or question about reaching the site, please email:

From: Tom Elliott



- Reference.COM has begun archiving this list as of: Jan. 6, 1997

- Searchable archives for the lists are available at: bin/pn/listarch?

From: Quyen Lam



Tthere is an archaeological server in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, put on line some months ago. The server belongs to the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade and is under a kind of permanent construction. Among other informations, there are two archaeological sites from Yugoslavia presented that may be of interest for someone who is involved in early byzantine and byzantine studies. This considers first of all the Gradina on the Jelica mountain near the town of Cacak in today's western Serbia. This site is an fortified 6th century mountain settlement, a regional centre in northern Illyricum with five basilicas discovered untill now, also houses, workshops, "city" walls, necropoles etc. The inhabitant have been Romanians and partly Germans. You are invited to visit the site

or the site

where a little presentation of an roman, early byzantine and medieval (preromanic) settlement on the Adriatic (Bay of Kotor) is placed.

On both presentations there are papers with original pagination and quotations kept.

The address of the server is:

The content of the server will soon be updated with new presentations of yugoslav archaeological sites and institutions.

From: Mihailo Milinkovic

Mihailo Milinkovic, M. A., Research Assistent in Medieval Archaeology

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia



This website includes the entire catalogue of the exhibit:

From: Kathleen Maxwell



Please see,

The British Library Map Library homepage [click 'Collections', then 'Maps']

The History of Cartography homepage


Tony Campbell, British Library Map Library



I have set up (and will continue to add to) a web site for Bishop of Cyril of Alexandria. At present there are only a couple (4) translations of his on the site, and a couple of links, but I will be adding more in the months that lie ahead. Any comments about Cyril, or information about where to find more information about him on the Web, would be appreciated.

Ted Mayes



This is to announce the creation of The original invitation was sent to names on a list created by and for the Classical Association, and the core membership will always be similar. The list's purpose is to permit the rapid dissemination of information about conferences and jobs, especially in the British Isles. Discussion is not forbidden, but will be the secondary objective. To subscribe, mail:



From: Stephen Clark

Listowner pro tem



The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America also has an official web site on the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople at:

This site is being done with the knowledge and blessings of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew as is the one in Thessaloniki, Greece. Our site has one of the most comprehensive sections on the churches and holy sites of Constantinople available anywhere on the Internet as well as a rich introduction and introductory information on the history of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. We would appreciate a link to this official site.

Theo Nicolakis (ACCESS Administrator)
Department of Internet Ministries
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America


Greek hymns at the Church of Cyprus homepage:

slavonic at

News of Greece and the Ecumenical Patriarchate at



Gouden Hoorn, the Netherlands-based journal about 'Byzantine topics', has its own website, where in due time all the volumes can be read. The URL is:

Annabelle Parker



The OSU Excavations at Isthmia:

and Investigations at Kenchreai:

These sites have much Late Antique material.

From: "Richard M. Rothaus"



An internet application of the Index of Christian Art database is available to the public for a period of 6 weeks (until the end of March). This database contains over 26,000 Subject Headings used by the Index, 9,000 Bibliographic Records and over 2,6000 Work of Art Records. The database is periodically being updated.

You are invited to use this resource at the following address:


From: "Kevin R. Uhalde"



I am glad to announce a new mailing list on the Internet. The list is called IusRomanum. It run in the framework of the Roman Law branch of the Law-related Internet Project at the University of Saarbruecken.

IusRomanum has been initiated with the purpose to create a forum for scholarly discussion of all aspects of Roman Law. Possible topics include the history of Roman Law from the Twelve Tables to Justinian's codes as well as its continued presence in the early Middle Ages, its renaissance in 12th century Bologna, the development of the Ius Commune and the importance of Roman Law for the understanding of modern legal systems and the formation of European Private Law. The use of modern electronic resources for research in related field may be a subject as well. The list is open to everyone interested in the discussion of questions connected to Roman Law. Jurists and historians are invited to take part. The participation of persons from a large variety of professional backgrounds will add to the list's value.

All postings to the list will be archived. The archive will be accessible through the World Wide Web. Thus a database containing information on Roman Law will come into existence.

To subscribe, send a message containing the following text in its body (NOT in the subject line):

subscribe IusRomanum to

Please note that you have to put your mail address in place where you would have to put your name with other list management programs.

Postings to the list have to be directed to:

This text and eventually some further information is available on the World Wide Web under the URL: e.html

The Roman Law web pages at Saarbruecken have now been thoroughly updated.

New features include:

- The homepage for IusRomanum, the new Roman Law mailing list

- Some introductory information on Roman Law (in German only)

- Another fragment of the Digest (D.12.1.1)

- An index of all source texts available on the server

- An enlarged and updated list of external links

The URLs are:

for the Latin version

for the English version

for the Italian version

for the German version

From: Thomas Ruefner



The site has been rearranged into three main "pages" and a number of supplementary pages. The main pages are now:

-Selected Sources

-Full Text Sources

-Saints' Lives

An increasing number of new translations has been added.

Especially notable recently are

Jo Ann McNamara:

Translation (from Latin) of the Life of St. Liutberga, 9th Century,

Translation (from Latin) of Dado of Rouen: The Life of Eligius, 588- 660 CE

Robert T. Miller:

Translation (from Latin) of Thomas Aquinas: On Being and Essence (De Ente et Essentia),

Tony Devaney Morinelli:

Translation (from Anglo Norman) of Chardri: The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus

Translation (from Medieval French) of The Life of Julian the Hospitaller

The URL for the Sourcebook is:

The URL for the Sourcebook: Saints' Lives page is:

I have moved the URL of the Byzantine and Medieval Links page. The new URL, leading to a Frames Site, is:

To access all the same information without frames, use the URL:

The old URL

Will be maintained as a direction page for as long as necessary.

From: Paul Halsall



There is a discussion list for Middle Eastern and North African History,

MENA-H, but there are hardly any names of well-known historians on the

subscriber list. I'm told that there was only one message on the list in the previous month. The cure for that, obviously, is for Middle Eastern and North African historians to join the list and use it. It is surprising that there is no lively discussion group for Middle Eastern history. Maybe it's because many historians don't know of the existence of MENA-H. Or maybe Middle Eastern historians don't like electronic communications media; or maybe they have better things to do with their time.

The list is for the history of the lands from the Atlantic Ocean to Central Asia, from 500 CE to nearly the present. Whereas the sister list ISLAM-L (same listserver address) is for the history of Islam the religion, MENA-H is for general history of all Middle Eastern cultures and peoples.

The subscription address is The sign-up message is "subscribe MENA-H Firstname Lastname".

Historians of the Middle East should sign up and get a discussion going. I have a trivia question to ask, but I'm waiting until there is a critical mass of participants who might be able to answer.

Michael L. Bates
American Numismatic Society



Medievalists may be interested to know that the *Monumenta Germaniae Historica* (Institut fuer Erforschung des Mittelalters, Munich) have a new official homepage (in German), with, among other things, complete listings of their publications and info on their ongoing project to make the complete edition of sources available on CD (eMGH):

From: (Otfried Lieberknecht)

Otfried Lieberknecht, Schoeneberger Str. 11, D-12163 Berlin



The Harry Bass Research Foundation (HBRF) announces new additions to its WWW searchable numismatic literature indexes. These indexes may be accessed through the Home page index of the ANS WWW site (American Numismatic Society).

To the Numismatic Indexes Project (NIP) has been added an index

for The Celator, Vols. 1-10, 1987-1996. The Celator (ISSN #10480986) is an independent commercial journal published monthly in an 8-1/2x11" magazine format. Its content is primarily centered on ancient Greek and Roman numismatics.



This site has links to the following dictionaries, plus other interesting links.
Afrikaans Akkadian Albanian Algerian Arabic ASL Avestan Basque Belorussian Bengali Breton Chechen Cherokee Chinese Cispa Czech Danish Demonh'ka Dutch English Esperanto Estonian Finnish French Gaelic Galician Gamilaraay German Gilbertese Greek Guarani Halaka Hawaiian Hebrew Hmong Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Interlingua Italian Japanese Klamath Klingon Korean Latin Lithuanian Malay Manx Maori Miskitu Mayan Nauruan Navajo Norwegian Occitan Ojibwe Polish Portuguese Potawatomi Rasta Romanian Russian Seneca Sanskrit Serbocroatian Sign Language Slovak Slovene Somali Spanish Sranan Sumerian Swahili Swedish Tamil Tibetan Tswana Turkish Ulwa Urdu Vietnamese Welsh Xhosa Zulu



The Ontario Classical Association,

has a fairly hefty Resources subpage with many links relevant to late antiquity and the medieval period. I have also added a subpage 'Do it yourself homepage helps' with sites which offer free downloadable backgrounds, icons, etc.



We would like to submit our exhibit web site which you will find at the following adress:

contient maintenant quelques images et un peu de dossier de presse)

From: Levac Christian

Christian Levac
Nicolas Beaudry



An entry point for useful Early Christian resources on the internet:

From: ric blessing



The ANS web page ( now includes a longish bibliography of Roman numismatics arranged topically and by period.

William E. Metcalf, Chief Curator



Here is the URL for our excavation of a Roman villa rustica in southern Hungary:

From: Tom Burns



RomanSites' address is:


Bill Thayer




If anyone wants the life of one of a saint, you may find them at

I think Logos has put their icons and hymns in audio format at or /music.html,

by choosing "MHNOLOGION" and then the month NOEMBRIOS. There may be magnificent icons at

and additional information at

I also see here that St.Stylianos exists on

Greek Hymns

You may find Greek hymns at the Church of Cyprus homepage,

Slavonic at

and news of Greece and the Ecumenical Patriarchate at

Minos Orphanides



This site has a fairly hefty Resources subpage with many links relevant to late antiquity and the medieval period.

Lucinda Neuru

University of Waterloo





We are pleased to announce the establishment of a Research Center. The Safad and Galilee Research Center is located in the Safad Branch of Bar Ilan University and is headed by Prof. Zeev Safrai. The Center's main fields of interest are History and Archaeology of the Galilee Region, especially during the Roman and Byzantine Periods. Nevertheless we will be happy to promote any research from any field as long as it has to do with the regional aspects of Safad and/or Galilee. The Center is run by an academic comitee of 6 members.

1. Prof. Zeev Safrai - Land of Israel Studies - Bar Ilan University.

2. Dr. Baruch Ophir - Academic Head Of Safad Branch

3. Prof. Nissan Rubin - Sociology Dept. - Bar Ilan University

4. Dr. Ben Zion Rosenfeld - Jewish History Dept. - Bar Ilan University

5. Dr. Shakib Salah - History Dept. - Bar Ilan University

6. Mr. Hagi Amitzur - Executive Director

The center is planning the following activities:

- Organizing conferences presenting researches done on the region of Galilee.

- Publishing researches

- Publishing Bibliography on the internet for the use of researchers around the world.

- Publishing a Bimonthly Electronic Journal

- Publishing Books

For further information:

some bibliography is already available (temporarily) from:

From: Chagy Amizur

Hagi Amitzur, Safad and Galilee Research Center
Safad Branch -Bar Ilan University, Israel





1) raccoglie tutto il materiale bibliografico antico e recente riguardante a vita e l'opera di Paolino di Nola; 2) cura la traduzione in lingua italiana dell'opera omnia di P.; 3) pubblica periodicamente studi e ricerche su P.

Il CENTRO DI STUDI pubblica la collana di Studi e Testi


diretta dal Prof. Antonio V. Nazzaro [ord. lett. crist. ant. Univ. Napoli

1. Serafino Prete, Motivi ascetici e letterari in Paolino di Nola, LER, Napoli-Roma 1987

2. Teresa Piscitelli Carpino, Epistole ad Agostino, LER, Napoli-Roma 1989

3. Andrea Ruggiero, Il ritorno di Paolino. A dalla traslazione a Nola. Atti, documenti, testimonianze letterarie, LER, Napoli-Roma 1990

4. Giovanni Santaniello, Paolino di Nola. Le lettere vol.I: 1-23, LER, Napoli-Roma 1992 (intr., trad., note)

5. Giovanni Santaniello, Paolino di Nola. Le lettere vol.II: 24-51 + Passio Genesii, LER, Napoli-Roma 1992 [trad., note + indici /curante C.Iannicelli/]

6. Andrea Ruggiero, Paolino di Nola. I carmi, vol.I: 1-20, LER, Napoli-Roma 1996 (intr., trad., note)

7. Andrea Ruggiero, Paolino di Nola. I carmi, vol.II: 21-33 + Elogium Cynegi Appendix, LER, Napoli-Roma 1996 [trad., note + indici /curante

Di prossima pubblicazione:

8. AA.VV., Atti del II Convegno . XVI Centenario del ritiro di Paolino a Nola (395-1995), Nola 18-20 maggio 1995, a cura di Gennaro Luongo

9. Carmine Iannicelli, Index Paulinianus

Rendo noto che e' stata pubblicata pochi giorni fa una bibliografia aggiornata su PAOLINO DI NOLA dal titolo:

C. IANNICELLI, Rassegna di studi Paoliniani (1980-1997), in Impegno e Dialogo 11, 1994-96 (1997), pp. 279-321

Per informazioni bibliografiche, referenze linguistiche e lemmatiche, ordini, fotocopie, suggerimenti, rivolgersi al seguente indirizzo di E- Mail:


Biblioteca Diocesana "S. Paolino"

Via Seminario - Seminario

80035 Nola (Napoli - Italia)

Tel. +39 81 512 15 11

From: Carmine Iannicelli

Carmine Iannicelli [CI]
Segretario Generale Biblioteca Diocesana "S. Paolino"



The first meeting of PENATES, the Southern California reading group in Late Antiquity, took place on Saturday, 6 June 1997, on the UCLA campus. It was attended by twenty faculty members and graduate students from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Irvine, Riverside, Long Beach, and Claremont. The rest is included in the report by Hal Drake that you

find below.

From: (Claudia Rapp)

Minutes of the First Meeting, Saturday, June 7, 1997, 6255 Bunch Hall,


1. Hal Drake conducted the inaugural discussion on the role of Classical

rhetoric in Eusebius of Caesarea. Discussion was lively and wide- ranging,

but since one or two problems in late antiquity were not resolved, the

group agreed to continue meeting on a twice-yearly basis.

1. By the happy suggestion of Richard Frank, and in a show of solidarity

with our Northern colleagues in LARES, we will be known as PENATES

(Politics, Economy, Narratology, Art, Texts, Ecclesiastics, Society).

3. Our next meeting will be at UCLA on October 18. Teresa Shaw has agreed

to conduct a discussion of texts relating to Arianism.

4. Hal Drake will offer a seminar Winter and Spring quarters of 1998 on the general topic of bishops in the fourth century. Students who wish to take just the first quarter will be able to enrol under the "201" rubric. The day will probably be Mondays, although Drake had the subsequent thought of meeting on Sundays, in emulation of the Peter Brown seminar at Princeton. He will explore the possibility of using the UCSB Learning Center in Ventura as a meeting place.

5. In Winter quarter, Barbara Zeitler of the Department of Art History at UCLA will offer a seminar that will feature reports by prominent archaeologists in Europe and the US on recent finds. The seminar will meet on Mondays.

6. MaryHope Griffin suggested the possibility of a future joint meeting with LARES via teleconferencing.

On a personal note, let me please say what a fortunate and long- overdue occasion this is. If memory serves, the impetus was provided by the UCLA trinity of Villagomez, Bisbee and Trenchard-Smith, who found time in their demanding graduate schedules to organize two UCLA conferences in late antiquity. If I had had the presence of mind I should have had, the meeting would have closed with three rousing cheers for them.

Here follows a list of current members' snail mail and email addresses. For now, please send the names and addresses of additional members to me, so that there will be a uniform master list somewhere.


Prof. Michelle Salzman

Prof. Claudia Rapp

H. Drake



April 17-19, 1997


Note a few presentations of Late Antique interest:

"Ambitiosius solito: Formal Speeches and Characterisation in Ammianus' Res Gestae 20 and 21," Peter O'Brien, Boston University

"The use of humour and ridicule to correct religious belief in Clement of Alexandria, Protrepticus," M. Eleanor Irwin, University of Toronto at Scarborough.

James A. Francis, Ph.D.






Assistant Director

In anticipation of a greatly expanded public role, the ANS has established a new administrative position of Assistant Director and is now seeking a highly qualified candidate to join the staff early in 1998.

The Assistant Director reports to the Executive Director and serves as deputy administrative officer of the Society. He/she is expected to acquire competence in ANS management policies and procedures in the areas of administration, finance, plant and equipment, safety and security, fund raising, public relations, personnel, and technological developments. The Assistant Director will have direct administrative responsibility for coordinating interdepartmental programs and projects, including exhibitions, public programs, marketing ventures and revenue opportunities, ANS membership promotion and retention, and will supervise the recruitment, deployment, and well-being of museum volunteers. The ANS is seeking to move to new and larger quarters in lower Manhattan some time in the next several years. The Assistant Director will assume responsibility for many aspects of this important change in the lifeand mission of the ANS and should expect to devote a significant portion of his/her time and energies toward this objective.

The Assistant Director will have a degree or demonstrated competence in a humanities discipline. Preference will be given to candidates with at least two years' experience in a managerial capacity at a museum or other cultural institution and a proven track record in successful grant writing for museum or other cultural-related programs and administration of funded projects. The Assistant Director will possess the leadership and organizational skills necessary to oversee and coordinate museum-wide projects. The Assistant Director will coordinate the implementation of the Society's future exhibition and educational programs, both at the ANS and elsewhere. He/she will direct the work of teams (staff, contract employees, consultants, volunteers) brought together for specific projects, and will have primary responsibility for soliciting the necessary financial support. He/she will have or acquire an understanding of the role of numismatics as a humanistic discipline and of the objects as historical artifacts and artistic creations, and be capable of articulating, in private and public forums, the importance of the Society's mission and the unique quality of the Society's library, collections, and professional staff. He/she will be expected to possess or acquire sufficient computer skills to assure that ANS programs fully realize the potential of electronic media in reaching and holding the interest of our audiences. The Assistant Director may be expected to administer the Society's Museum Store at the new location, including staffing, inventory, and marketing aspects.

Mr. Leslie A. Elam, Executive

Director, ANS, Broadway at 155th Street, New York, NY 10032 or by e- mail


From: Harry Bass
Harry Bass Research Foundation



Medieval Latin

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Claremont McKenna College invites applications for a tenure track position in religious studies at the assistant or associate professor level, beginning in July 1998. The Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment. The successful candidate will have expertise in Jewish religious thought, philosophy, and culture with (1) competence in the history and key texts of the Jewish tradition, including Second Temple Judaism and/or medieval Jewish thought and culture, as well as in contemporary topics, and (2) familiarity with current theoretical and methodological issues in the study of religion. The ability to approach the Jewish tradition from comparative perspectives, and from those of the sociology of religion, is also desirable. In addition to offering courses in the area of specialization, one should expect to teach introductory level courses such as introduction to Western Religious Traditions, possibly team-teach the senior seminar in religious studies, or teach a methodology course on a rotating basis. The teaching load is five courses per year, two in one semester and three in the other. Supervision of senior research theses is also expected.

Applicants should send a letter describing teaching and research philosophy, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin in early November, so that interviews can be scheduled at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, and will continue until the position is filled. CMC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Send all materials to:
Professor John Roth, Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Claremont McKenna College, 850 Columbia Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711



The Department of Classics invites applications for the James Hutton Assistant Professorship of Classics, to begin in the fall of 1998 for a term of three years (non-renewable). The salary for 1998 will be $30,000. The Hutton Assistant Professor is expected to combine a program of research with the teaching of one course each semester; classicists of any specialty are encouraged to apply, but we would especially welcome those with additionalinterests in any of the following: The Classical Tradition, Cultural History, Later Roman History, Ancient Science, Technology or Music, or Byzantine Studies. The selected applicant must have finished his/her Ph.D. prior to the start date of the appointment, July 1, 1998.

Applications (including curriculum vitae, at least three letters of reference, and a writing sample) should be received by December 1 at this address: Hutton Assistant Professorship, Department of Classics, Cornell University, 120 Goldwin Smith Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-3201. Interviews will be conducted at the AIA/APA Annual Meeting in Chicago. Cornell is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and encourages applications from women and minorities.



The History Department at Florida International University is seeking applications for up to two tenure-track positions in Ancient or Medieval history, field open. Both positions are at the rank of Assistant Professor. Candidates will be expected to teach courses in their specialization at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and to participate in the History Department's Atlantic Civilization Ph.D. program. Florida International University, with over 30,000 students, is part of the State University System of Florida. Send c.v., writing sample and three letters of recommendation to Prof. Alan Kahan, Chair, Search Committee, Dept. of History, DM 397, Florida International University, Miami FL 33199. Deadline for postmark on completed files is December 5, 1997. Interviews will be conducted at the AHA. AA/ADA/EOE

From: felice lifshitz



One (1) post at the level of Assistant Professor in Roman History. The deadline for candidates to express their interest and submit qualifications ends on 23/12/1997. All interested parties holding appropriate formal qualifications including their ability to teach in Modern Greek, are invited to apply for consideration, providing all the necessary prerequisites that would justify their prospective appointment. Applications should be directed to the Secretariat of the Faculty of History / Archaeology of the University of Ioannina.

For further information candidates should contact the Secretariat of History / Archaeology, tel. (30-651)97180-81, fax 97180.

address: The Secretary, Faculty of History / Archaeology, University of Ioannina, Dourouti, GR-451 10 IOANNINA, GREECE



Medieval Latin

The Department of Classics at the University of Maryland, College Park, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Latin languageand literature at the rank of Assistant Professor effective Fall 1998. Theapplicant must have the Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 1998. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Previous teaching experience and a record ofpublications are desirable. The candidate should demonstrate strong promise of future scholarly productivity. We are looking for a specialist in Latin language and literature who is able and willing to teach Latin classes at alllevels from introductory courses through graduate seminars in our MA program.We would especially welcome candidates with research and teaching interests in one or more of the following areas: Latin pedagogy and linguistics, late and medieval Latin, and Greco-Roman cultural studies. Applicants should also be prepared to teach courses in English translation: for example, Roman literature; classics and cinema; race and ethnicity in classical antiquity; the classical tradition. For best consideration, qualified applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference by November 15 to:
Professor Judith P. Hallett, Department of Classics, The University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. FAX 301-314-9084; phone 301-405-2013; The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.



Medieval Greek

The Department of Greek and Latin at Ohio State University is seeking applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Medieval and Renaissance Greek beginning September 1998. Only applicants with expertise in the literature and culture of the period will be considered. The successful candidate will be expected to complement the existing strengths of the department and to devote time and energy toward the creation of a coherent Ph.D. program in Greek Studies from Ancient to Byzantine to Modern. The eventual appointee can expect to do some teaching in either the Modern Greek or the Ancient Greek program until enrollments can justify a full teaching schedule in Medieval or Renaissance Greek. Promise in teaching and scholarship is essential and evidence of accomplishments in both is desirable. Teaching responsibilities will include graduate courses and a variety of undergraduate courses (both in the original languages and in translation). The deadline for receipt of completed applications (including dossiers, three letters of recommendation and a writing sample of 25-40 pages typescript) is December 1. Successful candidates will be invited to campus for a lecture and interview. Applications should be sent to Professor Stephen V. Tracy, Chair of the Byzantine Search Committee, c/o The Department of Greek and Latin, 414 University Hall, 230 N. Oval Mall, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210. The Ohio State University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Minority and women candidates are encouraged to apply.

From: "Timothy E. Gregory"



Senior classicist

The Department of Classics of Princeton University seeks to appoint an associate of full professor (with continuing tenure) with expertise in some combination of the following fields: papyrology, Greco-Roman religions, ancient magic, ancient medicine. Along with a distinguished record of publication, demonstrated excellence as a teacher is regarded as extremely important. Please send letters of application, cv and letters of recommendation to: Senior Search Committee, Department of Classics, 104 East Pyne, Princeton University.



Senior Position, Late Antiquity

Department of Religious Studies invites applications or recommendations for a senior position in "The Religions of Late Antiquity" beginning in the fall of 1998. Appointment will be at the rank of associate or full professor. Candidates should demonstrate a record of excellent teaching and scholarly achievement. Specialized training in Early Christianity and supportive competence in either early Judaism or Greco-Roman Religions. The appointee will be expected to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and give strong intellectual and administrative leadership to the Department of Religious Studies for the coming decade. Though applications will be accepted until the position is filled, candidates are urged to submit their applications no later than December 1, 1997. The department will notify applicants of its employment decision after the position is filled. Submit application and supporting materials to Professor Lonnie D. Kliever, Chair; Department of Religious Studies; Southern Methodist University; Dallas, TX 75275-0202. EOE/AA.



Late Antiquity/Early Medieval

St. Mary's College of Maryland, a public honorscollege in St. Mary's City, Maryland, is currently acceptingapplications for the position of historian. A state-supported, residential liberal arts college, St. Mary's is located an hourand a half southeast of Washington, DC. Its student body is coeducational and numbers approximately 1600. We are looking foran historian for a tenure-track position in the history of the Mediterranean world during the late antiquity/early medieval period to begin in the Fall of 1998. Teaching responsibilitie salso include introductory freshman survey courses. Completion of Ph.D. preferred. Assistant professor level preferred. Candidate must be committed to excellent teaching and scholarship. Salary is competitive.

Send vita and letters of recommendation to L.Tomlin Stevens, Chair, Department of History, St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, Maryland 20686. Review of applications will begin on January 15 and continue until the position is filled. St. Mary's College of Maryland is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.



The American Philological Association invites applications for a one-year fellowship, tenable from July, 1998 through June, 1999, which will enable an American scholar to participate in the work of the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich. Fellows at the TLL develop a broadened perspective of the range and complexity of the Latin language and culture from the classical period through the early Middle Ages, contribute signed articles to the Thesaurus.



New Testament and Christian History

The University of Chicago Divinity School announces a faculty vacancy in New Testament and early Christian history, beginning July, 1998. The position requires superior research competence in early Christian Literature or modes of Christian practice in the cultural context of late antiquity. The search committee particularly solicits candidates who specialize in Paul and Pauline traditions in early Christianity. The search committee will begin considering applications on January 15 and will continue to welcome applications until the position is filled. Rank and salary depend upon qualifications. Send applications to Dean W. Clark Gilpin, The Divinity School, The University of Chicago, 1025 East 58th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637. An equal opportunity employer.



Late Antiquity Newsletter 2.1 (1997)