Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Upcoming Conferences in Late Antiquity 2009 (2)

Emperor and Author : Religion, Politics and Identities in the Writings of Julian the Apostate
International Conference, 16-18 July, 2009, University of Cardiff, Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture (CLARC). Conference website

This conference will explore the corpus of Julian's writings, the first conference of its kind. Key themes will include : the relationship between Julian as an author and his imperial roles as Caesar and Augustus ; the cultural, religious and intellectual contexts of his work ; the legacy and reception of his writings ; and the legal, epigraphic and visual expressions of his reign. 
Please note : although this conference is open to public, students and staff, attendance must first be confirmed by contacting Nicholas Baker-Brian ( 

Prof. Susanna Elm (Berkeley)
Julian's Education and Hellenism
Dr Shaun Tougher (Cardiff)
Julian's First Panegyric on Constantius II
Prof. Liz James (Sussex)
Julian's Speech of Thanks to Eusebia
Prof. Harold Drake (California Santa Barbara)
Julian's Second Panegyric on Constantius II
Prof. David Scourfield (NUI Maynooth)
Julian's Consolation on the Departure of Salutius
Prof. Michael Trapp (King's College London)
The Letters of Julian
Prof. Mark Humphries (Swansea)
Julian's Letter to the Athenians
Dr John Watt (Cardiff)
Julian's Letter to Themistius
Dr Rowland Smith (Newcastle)
Julian's The Caesars
Dr Nicholas Baker-Brian (Cardiff)
Julian's Misopogon
Prof. Andrew Smith (University College Dublin)
Julian's Hymn to Helios 
Prof. J.H.W.G Liebeschuetz (Emeritus Professor, Nottingham)
Julian's Hymn to Cybele
Prof. Arnaldo Marcone (University of Udine)
Julian's Speeches against the Cynics
Dr David Hunt ((recently retired) Durham)
Julian's Against the Galileans
Prof. Jill Harries (St Andrews)
Julian's Legislation
Dr Benet Salway (University College London)
Julian's Inscriptions
Prof. Barbara Borg (Exeter)
Julian's Art
Dr Fernando Lopez-Sanchez (University of Zaragoza)
Julian's Coinage
Closing Address
Prof. Jacqueline Long (Loyola University Chicago):
Julian: Emperor and Author

Recent Research on Engraved Gemstones in Late Antiquity, AD 200-600, 
The British Museum, Great Court, Stevenson Lecture Theatre, 28-30 May, 2009

The Great Court of the British Museum, London
Photo Andrew Dunn, 26 November 2006

Prof. Sir John Boardman (University of Oxford)
The origins of gemstones in the ancient world
Lisbet Thoresen (Los Angeles, USA)
Non-destructive gemmological tests on ancient gems
Dr Cigdem Yule (London)
Dr Nöel Adams (London)
The use of diamond in ancient and medieval gem engraving
Dr Jack Ogden (Gemmological Association of Great Britain)
Are there reliable criteria for dating magical gems? A sceptical view
Dr Richard Gordon (Munich)
Text, image and medium: the evolution of Greco-Roman magical gemstones
Prof. Chris Faraone (University of Chicago)
The colours of magical gems
Prof. Attilio Mastrocinque (Venice)
Magic and medicine: gems and the power of images
Prof. Véronique Dasen (University of Fribourg)
`Phyge Podagra, Perseus se diochi' –
Greek myths on magical gems
Dr Árpád Nagy (Dept. of Classical Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest)
Studies on magical gems in the British Museum
Dr Simone Michel (Germany)
Dr Ken Lapatin (Getty Museum)
Love and passion: personal cameos in Late Antiquity
Dr Martin Henig (Institute of Archaeology, Oxford) and Dr Helen Molesworth (Christie's, Geneva)
The Belgrade Cameo
Dr Antje Krug (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Berlin)
A cameo portrait of Numerianus (AD 283-84) and related gems
Prof. Dr Erika Zwierlein-Diehl (Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Archäologie, University of Bonn)
Three degrees of separation: detail reworking, type updating and identity transformation in glyptic Roman imperial portraits in the round
Dr Elisabetta Gagetti (University of Milan)
`Gods or mortals?' – Images on imperial portrait gems, medallions and coins in the 3rd century AD
Dr Adrian Marsden (Norfolk)
Intaglios in military contexts in 2nd-4th century AD Palestine: the case of Legio and Aelia Capitolina
Dr Orit Peleg (The Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Dr Yotam Tepper (Israel Antiquities Authority)
Selected antique gems from Israel
Prof. Shua Amorai-Stark (Beer-Sheba) and Malka Hershkovitz (The Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Late Roman gems from Tilurium in Dalmatia
Dr Bruna Nardelli (Venice)
The Christian gems from Portugal in context
Dr Graca Cravinho (Lisbon) and Prof. Shua Amorai-Stark (Kaye Academic College of Education, Beer-Sheba)
Recent excavated finds of gems from Gaul (3rd-4th century)
Prof. Hélène Guiraud (University of Toulouse)
Late Antique gems: some unpublished examples
Dr Jeffrey Spier (University of Arizona)
The argument from silence – iconographical statements of 1981 on faked gems reconsidered
Prof. Dr Josef Engemann (Vienna)
The Constanza crucifixion gem and early Christian iconography
Dr Felicity Marley McGowan (University of Melbourne)
Contexts in the study of Early Christian glyptics
Prof. Corby Finney (Princeton)
Seals in transition: their change of function and value in Late Antiquity
Dr Gertrud Platz (Antikensammlung Staatliche Museen zu Berlin)
On some Sasanian seals with `classical' motifs
Dr Rika Gyselen (CNRS, Ivry)
Transformations of the Roman gem
Dr Genevra Kornbluth (Maryland, USA)
The fight of Athena and Poseidon' and its depiction on glyptics across the centuries
Hadrien Rambach (London)
Myth revisited. The re-use of mythological cameos and intaglios in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
Prof. Sena Chiesa (University of Milan)
The re-use and re-interpretation of gemstones in medieval Hungary
Dr Tamás Gesztelyi (Debrecen, Hungary)
Late Antique cameos and intaglios in 18th-century cast collections
Dr Lucia Pirzio Biroli (Rome)

Contact: Chris Entwistle, Curator, Late Roman and Byzantine
Collections, Department of Prehistory and Europe, British Museum, Gt Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Email: centwistle@thebriti shmuseum.; Tel .no. 0207-323-8724
Conference fee: £60. Cheques payable to the British Museum. 

The Troubled Adolescence of Late Antique Studies : Archaeological approaches to 'change' in Late Antiquity
Organizer : Hendrik Dey (University of Aarhus)
Session IV of The 8th Roman Archaeology Conference, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), 4 April, 2009, 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Conference website
The past few years have seen an outpouring of geographically and chronologically sweeping syntheses devoted to the 'world of late antiquity', all of which have in one way or another reanimated old debates about how 'Roman' society became 'medieval'. The big questions about the end of the Roman Empire and its aftermath are again being asked (why, how, when, to what extend...), and there has been a concomitant resurgence of interest in a number of venerable interpretive frameworks : 'Decline and Fall', 'continuity vs. catastrophe', and the Pirenne Thesis continue to inform the parameters of much scholarly discourse, even in those instances in which they have been subjected to comprehensive and at times violent critiques. It is noteworthy that while the new, synoptic overviews of late antiquity nearly all make extensive use of the exponentially growing corpus of archaeological data amassed over the past 30 years, their authors (Bryan Ward-Perkins, Peter Heather, Julia Smith, Chris Wickham, Michael McCormick...) are with few exceptions more historians than archaeologists stricto sensu. It thus results that the physical evidence has been surveyed mostly by historians mostly dealing with questions framed well before the advent of late antique archaeology, and the heaps of physical data it has supplied. Specialists of material culture, on the other hand, have tended to confine themselves to case-studies and local, or at best regional analyses of narrowly-circumscribed topics and data sets ; and they have been relatively hesitant to take a leading role in shaping the paradigms and interpretive frameworks into which their findings are most frequently - faute de mieux - inserted. 
This panel examines alternate ways of using our growing body of archaeological evidence to approach 'change' in late antiquity. As late antiquity increasingly becomes a field or sub-field unto itself, it seems more necessary than ever to think critically about its parameters, its subject matter, its heuristic potential. What sorts of questions should those interested in the period be asking, and what specifically can those responsible for uncovering and analyzing the material record contribute to the discussion ? How might they wish to frame future inquiry into e.g. agrarian change and rural settlement patterns ; urban topography and urban living ; religious beliefs and practices ; trade, communications, and production ; national, ethnic and racial identities ; regional diversity ; technological change ? Finally and most importantly, how can these and a host of other subjects first addressed in the absence of substantial material evidence (and trained specialists in late-antique material culture) in turn contribute to the really big debates about how and why late Roman society underwent the radical evolution that ultimately led to the emergence of a new world order in the Mediterranean and its extended hinterland ? 
  1. Hendrik Dey, tba
  2. Ann Marie Yasin (University of Southern California) Negotiating Old Sacred Places : Biographies of Buildings and Narratives of the Past 
  3. Campbell Grey (University of Pennsylvania) Stuck in the Middle : Between Grand Theory and the Case Study in the Countrysides of Late Antiquity
  4. D.L. Brooks Hedstrom (Wittenberg University) Rejecting and Embracing Monastic Archaeology : Finding a Place for Monastic Spaces in Late Antique Egypt
  5. Will Bowden (University of Nottingham) Digging for urban transformation : archaeological approaches to the late antique town 
  6. John Mitchell (University of East Anglia) tba 
  7. Anna Leone (Durham University) tba
  8. Andrew Poulter (University of Nottingham) Discontinuity on the Danube : the violent destruction of urban and rural landscapes 
  9. Ramsay MacMullen (Yale) History from head-counts