Friday, January 22, 2010

Greater Syria, From Late Antiquity to Islamic Times, Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity, 6 March 2010

Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies, Lecture Room, 66 St Giles, Oxford.

The morning includes one paper from each of the main periods to give a sense of the developments involved. The afternoon examines some Late Antique aspects in more detail, and concludes with the Ottoman period. Papers are 25 minutes long, followed by discussions. Coffee is available from 9.40 am.

I Chair : Bryan Ward-Perkins
10.00-10.45 Ted Kaizer (Durham), Roman Syria from Pompey to Diocletian 
10.45-11.15 Tea & Coffee

II Chair : Judith McKenzie
11.15-12.00 Margarete van Ess (Berlin), Urban transformation of Baalbek from Roman to Late Antique Times
12.00-12.45 Elias Khamis (Oxford), The Great Mosque in Damascus
12.45-1.45 Lunch

III Chair : Lukas Schachner
1.45-2.30 Marlia Mango (Oxford), Aspects of the Material Culture of Early Byzantine Syria
2.30-3.15 Sean Leatherbury (Oxford), Early Christian Mosaics in Syria : Inscriptions and Iconographies
3.15-3.45 Tea & Coffee

IV Chair : Neil McLynn
3.45-4.30 Claire Fauchon (Lyon), Domestic Hospitality in Late Antique Syria from the Syriac and Greek Sources
4.30-5.15 Philipp Wirtz (SOAS, London), Syria under Ottoman Rule : 1517-1918
5.15 Wine

The day is generously sponsored by the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity and organised by Konstantin Klein, Jessica Ehinger, and Judith McKenzie.

Attendance is free but, as places are limited, those wishing to attend please email : or