Volume 3 no.2


March, 2005



Conferences in 2005


4-6 April 2005.  "Innovation and Continuity in Romano-Celtic Religion", University College London.  The aim of the conference is to improve our understanding on the evolution, the origin and the raison d’etre of local religions in the Roman West.  In the Roman Empire we witness the interaction and integration of different polytheist religions in a drastically changing environment. At the centre of this conference, we therefore attempt to focus on transitional places, i.e. pre-Roman cult places that continued to be occupied and that were transformed during the Roman period. Obvious examples are Hayling Island in Britain, as well as Ganum, Nimes and Ribemont in France. Furthermore there are cult places on hilltop sites whose architectural form acquired typically Roman features. But we also know of rituals that are non-Roman in character, like the many horse sacrifices, even in the highly ‘Romanised’ Gallia Narbonensis. All these places serve to illustrate the romanisation of cults, rituals, cult architecture, sculptures and epigraphy. As a result, a number of questions regarding cult continuity will be rasied on the continuity of cult places. How different was the cult activity in the Empire from its pre-Roman predecessor? The conference will provide a venue which brings together scholars from different countries and disciplines: archaeologists, ancient historians, epigraphists, sociologists, art historians, and linguists.


Speakers include: Isabelle Faudut (Paris), Tony King (Winchester), Martin Henig (Oxford), Roger Tomlin (Oxford), Manfred Hainzmann (Graz), Elixzabeth Jerem (Budapest), Wolfgang Spickermann (Osnabruck), Patricia De Bernardo and Joaquin Gorrochategui (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain), Francisco Marco Simón and Francisco Beltrán Lloris (Zaragoza), Karlheinz Dietz (Würzburg), Gerhard Bauchhenss (Bonn).Further info:


8-9 April 2005.  'The Parables of Jesus Conference'.  Amherst College, Amherst, Mass.  URL:


15-16 April 2005.  Graduate Student Conference focused on topics in the field of patristics and the history of Christianity in Late Antiquity.  Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, Mass.  To register, please email Megan Nutzman, conference coordinator, at


17-18 April 2005.  "Shaping the Middle East: Christians, Jews, and Muslims in an Age of Transition, ca. 500-800 c.e."  University of Maryland, College Park.  Keynote Lecturer: Oleg Grabar ("Late Antique, Christian, and Islamic: The Many Facets of Middle Eastern Art in the Seventh and Eighth Centuries").  Conference program:  Contact info:  301 405 4975 or jwst@arhu.umd. 


22–24 April 2005. "Urban and Rural Settlement in Anatolia and the Levant, 500-1000: New Evidence from Archaeology." Dumbarton Oaks Program in Byzantine Studies annual spring symposium. Keynote lecture by Prof. Cyril Mango scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 21 April, this lecture will be open to the public. Contact: Caitlin McGurk (202-339-6940);  URL:


5–8 May 2005. 40th International Congress on Medieval Studies, at Kalamazoo, Michigan. Contact: Medieval Institute, Western Michigan Univ., 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008-4079.  URL: medieval/congress.


5-8 May 2005.  "Contact and Synergy from the Archaic Period to Late Antiquity".  The Association of Ancient Historians 2005 Meeting, University of Missouri-Columbia.  URL:


14–15 May 2005. "Astro-Medicine: Medicine and Astrology, East and West," a colloquium held at the Warburg Institute, London. Contact: Charles Burnett, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB (


5-8 June 2005.  "Early Christian Studies and the Academic Disciplines".  Catholic University of America.  URL:


16-21 June 2005.  "La mobilité des personnes en Méditerranée, de l'Antiquité à l'époque moderne. Procédures de contrôle et documents d'identification. VI : Le monde de l'itinérance ".  Istanbul, Turkey.  Organizers: l'Institut français d'Études anatoliennes, l'Université Paris VIII, l'EHESS, la Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l'homme, le CNRS (UMR 8585 et UMR 8066) and l'Institut Universitaire Suor Orsola Benincasa, Naples.  For details, contact Prof. W. Kaiser (email :


24-26 June 2005.  "HISTORY AS TRANSLATION",  Vicennalia Celebration for Translated Texts for Historians.  University of Liverpool. The colloquium theme is the role of translation in the historiographical process. Papers will reflect on ways in which translating can change or make history and speakers will consider how translation has influenced historians past and present to rethink their positions and methods as historians, and so to reshape the histories that they might otherwise have written.  A central theme is translation of historical texts in the period of late antiquity itself, including topics in hagiography, multilingualism and the transmission of Eusebius of Caesarea's historical works. Other speakers will survey the role of translations in changing approaches to the study of late antiquity during the twenty years of TTH's evolution.  For general information please contact Mary Whitby ( or Mark Humphries (  For registration, travel advice and accommodation suggestions please contact Janet Smith (


6th-9th July 2005.  The fourth "Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church" conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia, 6th-9th July 2005. The conference will focus on the theme of 'The Spiritual Life'.  Invited speakers will address aspects  of the  spiritual  life  in the Jewish, early church and Byzantine traditions, eastern and western.  We are now calling  for  other  papers  on  related  subjects,  including monasticism,  the relationship  between  dogma  and  spiritual practice, the Desert Fathers, hesychasm, the role of prayer and women in ascetic communities. Keynote and  selected papers will be published in the series Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church (Volume IV).  Abstracts due 29 April, 2005.  URL:


31 July–3 August 2005. The First International Conference on the History of Exact Sciences along the Silk Road, at the Dept. of Mathematics, Northwest University, Xian, 7110069, China. This series of conferences will provide a platform for those who are interested in the comparative study of history of mathematics and astronomy in the old civilizations along the Silk Road, from China to Greece, including Japan, Korea, India, Arabic/Islamic countries, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Medieval Europe. It is hoped that every 2 or 3 years a conference will be organized in different countries. Each time the conference will focus on one or two special topics, and about 10 invited speakers coming from all the fields mentioned above will offer plenary talks on the main topics. The main topics at the first conference are mathematical methods in astronomy, and transmission and transformation of exact sciences; contributions related to other topics in the history of mathematics and astronomy along the Silk Road are also welcome.  Call for papers, authors are requested to submit the title and abstract at the latest by 15 June 2005. Contact: Anjing Qu and/or Baoshan Yang, Center for the History of Mathematics and Sciences Northwest University, Xi'an 710069, China (+86-29-8303334; fax: +86-29-8303908;


5-7 October 2005. 'Living in Antiquity:  Jews, Greeks and Christians.  Villanova University.  This conference focuses on the intersection of Jews, Greeks, and Christians in antiquity.  It is an interdisciplinary effort to examine this period from different religious, social, philosophical, and cultural perspectives.  The aim is to deepen our understanding of how these three traditions thought of their gods, themselves, and the world around them.  Abstracts due 31 March.  URL:


14-16 October 2005. "Reading, Community, and Identity," the 30th annual Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference (PMR), at Villanova University in Villanova, Pa. Call for papers, proposals for papers, panels, or sponsored sessions in all areas and topics in late antiquity, medieval studies, and renaissance/reformation studies. Papers related to the plenary topic are especially encouraged, but all topics are open. Proposals must be postmarked or e-mailed by 30 April. Contact: PMR, c/o Anna Misticoni, The Augustinian Institute, Villanova Univ., 800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA 19085 (  URL:


28-30 October 2005.  21st Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.  Abstracts due: April 1.  URL: 


15-19 November 2005.  "Lessons Learned: Reflecting on the Theory and Practice of Mosaic Conservation".  The 9th  Conference of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics, Hammamet or Sousse, Tunisia.  Further details: (click 'Events Calendar').


Looking ahead to Conferences in 2006-07


21-26 August 2006.  21st International Congress of Byzantine Studies, London.  The theme will be "Display," explored under eight headings which highlight different aspects of the theme and different disciplines within Byzantine Studies. URL:


2-8 September 2007.  'Epigraphy and the Historical Sciences'.  13th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy, Oxford University.  Details on website:


Recent Books


Accorinti, Domenico (trans.), Nonno di Panopoli. Le Dionisiache. Vol. IV: canti XL-XLVIII. Testo greco a fronte. BUR Classici Greci e Latini.  Milano:  Biblioteca Universale Rizzoli, 2004. Pp. 758. EUR 19.00 (pb).  ISBN 88-17-00262-3


Agosti, Gianfranco (trans.), Nonno di Panopoli. Le Dionisiache. Vol. III: canti XXV-XXXIX. Testo greco a fronte. BUR Classici Greci e Latini. Milano: Biblioteca Universale Rizzoli, 2004. Pp. 898. EUR 19.00 (pb). ISBN 88-17-00261-5.


Bassett, Sarah, The Urban Image of Late Antique Constantinople.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Pp. 291. $85.00. ISBN 0-521-82723-X.


Borca, Federico, Confrontarsi con l'Altro. I Romani e la Germania.  Milano: Lampi di stampa, 2004. Pp. 125. EUR 14.00 (pb). ISBN 88-488-0318-0.


Boyarin, Daniel. Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Chritianity. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004. ISBN 0-8122-3764-1. Pp. xv +374


Kessler, Edward, Bound by the Bible: Jews, Christians and the Sacrifice of Isaac.  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2004.  Pp. xii, 222. ISBN 0-521-83542-9.  $75.00.


Brubaker, Leslie, and Julia M.H. Smith (edd.), Gender in the Early Medieval World. East and West, 300-900. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Pp. 333. $29.99 (pb). ISBN 0-521-01327-5.


Campbell, Brian, Greek and Roman Military Writers. Selected Readings.  Routledge Classical Translations. London/New York: Routledge, 2004. Pp. 231. $27.95 (pb). ISBN 0-415-28547-X.


Clark, Gillian, Christianity and Roman Society. Series 'Key Themes in Ancient History'. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Pp. 137. $24.99 (pb). ISBN 0-521-63386-9.


Edwards, Douglas R. (ed.), Religion and Society in Roman Palestine.  Old Questions, New Approaches. London/New York: Routledge, 2004. Pp. 194. $87.50. ISBN 0-415-30597-7.


Evans, Roger Stevens. Sex and Salvation: Virginity as a Soteriological Paradigm in Ancient Christianity. New York: University Press of America, 2004. ISBN 0-7618-2769-2. Pp. xvii + 185. $30 (paper).


Frilingos, Christopher A., Spectacles of Empire. Monsters, Martyrs, and the Book of Revelation. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004. Pp. 192. $35.00. ISBN 0-8122-3822-2.


Greco, Claudia (ed.), Nonno. di Panopoli. Parafrasi del Vangelo di S. Giovanni. Canto tredicesimo. Hellenica, 12. Alessandria: Edizioni dell'Orso, 2004. Pp. 176. EUR 17.00 (pb). ISBN 88-7694-744-2.


Grig, Lucy, Making Martyrs in Late Antiquity. London: Duckworth, 2005.  Pp. 207. L45.00. ISBN 0-7156-3285-X.


Hall, Linda Jones, Roman Berytus. Beirut in Late Antiquity. London/New York: Routledge, 2004. Pp. 375. $95.00. ISBN 0-415-28919-X.


Harmless, William, S.J. Desert Christians: An Introduction to the Literature of EarlyMonasticism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-19-516223-4. Pp. xxiv + 488.


Harris, W.V., and Giovanni Ruffini (edd.), Ancient Alexandria between Egypt and Greece. Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition, 26. Leiden: Brill, 2004. Pp. 296. $99.00. ISBN 90-04-14105-7.


Heidl, György. Origen's Influence on the Young Augustine: A Chapter of the History ofOrigenism. Eastern Christian Studies III. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2003. ISBN 1-59333-079-0. Pp. xiv + 328.


Hill, Timothy D., Ambitiosa Mors. Suicide and Self in Roman Thought and Literature. Series 'Studies in Classics'. London/New York: Routledge, 2004. Pp. 335. $80.00. ISBN 0-415-97097-0.


Holloway, R. Ross. Constantine and Rome. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-300-10043-4. Pp. xiv + 191. $35.


Horstmanshoff, H.F.J., and M. Stol (edd.), Magic and Rationality in Ancient Near Eastern and Graeco-Roman Medicine. Studies in Ancient Medicine, 27. Leiden: Brill, 2005. Pp. 407. $110.00. ISBN 90-04-13666-5.


Jacobs, Andrew S. Remains of the Jews: The Holy Land and Christian Empire in Late Antiquity. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-8047-4705-9. Pp. xiv + 249. $55.


Jeanjean, Benoi^t, and Bertrand Lanc,on, Saint Je/ro^me. Chronique.  Continuation de la Chronique d'Euse\be, anne/es 326-378. Collection 'Histoire'. Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2004. Pp. 207.  EUR 19.00 (pb). ISBN 2-7535-0018-5.


Keating, Daniel A. The Appropriation of Divine Life in Cyril of Alexandria. Oxford Theological Monographs. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-19-926713-8. Pp. x + 315.


Konrad, C.F. (ed.), Augusto augurio. Rerum humanarum et divinarum commentationes in honorem Jerzy Linderski. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2004. Pp. 203. EUR 36.00 (pb). ISBN 3-515-08578-5.


Lactantius, Divine Institutes, translated with an introduction and notes by Anthony Bowen and Peter Garnsey. Translated Texts for Historians 40. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2003. ISBN 0-85323-988-6. Pp. xiv + 472. $21.95


Laird, Martin. Gregory of Nyssa and the Grasp of Faith: Union, Knowledge and Divine Presence. Oxford Early Christian Studies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-19-926799-5. Pp. x + 240.


Lieu, Judith. Christian Identity in the Jewish and Graeco-Roman Context. NewYork: Oxford University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-1992-6289-6. Pp. 370. $99.


McGuckin, John. Saint Cyril of Alexandria and the Christological Controversy: Its History, Theology and Texts. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2004. ISBN 0-88141-259-7. Pp. xv + 427. $22.99 (paper).


 ——. The Westminster Handbook to Patristic Theology. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004. ISBN 0-664-22396-6. Pp. xxiii + 367


Nancy, Michel, and Eric Rebillard, editors. Hellénisme et christianisme. Villeneuve d'Ascq: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2004. ISBN 2-85939-825-2. Pp. 195. €21.


Odahl, Charles Matson, Constantine and the Christian Empire.  London/New York: Routledge, 2004. Pp. 400. $104.95. ISBN 0-415-17485-6.


Rademaker, Adriaan (ed.), Sophrosyne and the Rhetoric of Self-Restraint. Polysemy and Persuasive Use of an Ancient Greek Value Term. Mnemosyne Suppl. 259. Leiden: Brill, 2005. Pp. 375. EUR 85.00. ISBN 90-04-14251-7.


Sauer, Eberhard W. (ed.), Archaeology and Ancient History. Breaking down the Boundaries. London/New York: Routledge, 2004. Pp. 206. $34.95 (pb). ISBN 0-415-30201-3.


Smith, Andrew, Philosophy in Late Antiquity. London/New York: Routledge, 2004. Pp. 151. $26.95 (pb). ISBN 0-415-22511-6.


von Haehling, Raban (ed.), Griechische Mythologie und fruehes Christentum. Die antiken Goetter und der eine Gott. Darmstadt: WBG, 2005. Pp. 336. EUR 59.90. ISBN 3-534-18528-5.


Whittaker, C.R., Rome and its Frontiers. The Dynamics of Empire. London/New York: Routledge, 2004. Pp. 246. $96.95. ISBN 0-415-31200-0.


Younger, John G., Sex in the Ancient World, from A to Z. London/New York: Routledge, 2005. Pp. 217. $79.00. ISBN 0-415-24252-5.


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Scott Bradbury

Editor, Late Antiquity Newletter

Professor of Classical Languages and Literatures

Smith College