Cities in the Long Late Antiquity: a day conference organised by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, to inaugurate Edinburgh’s new MSc programme in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies.
Date: Friday 1st June, 2012
Location: William Robertson Wing, Doorway 4, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, EH8 9AG. All lectures will all take place in the Meadows Lecture Theatre.
9-9.20 Registration (McMillan Room)
9.20 Welcome: Lucy Grig and Gavin Kelly (Classics, Edinburgh)
9.30-10.30 Meaghan McEvoy (Classics, Corpus Christi, Oxford) ‘Why not Rome? Milan as an imperial centre in late antiquity’
10.30-11.30 Tom Brown (History, Edinburgh) ‘Non Roma sed Ravenna aeterna? The “long late antiquity” and urban continuity in Ravenna.’
11.30-12 Tea and coffee (McMillan Room)
12-1 Simon Loseby (History, Sheffield) ‘Marseille and the end of antiquity’
1-2 Buffet lunch (McMillan Room)
2-3 Mattia Guidetti (History of Art, Edinburgh) ‘Bathhouses, marketplaces, and houses of worship: the early Islamic refurbishment and revitalization of towns in greater Syria’
3-4 Andrew Marsham (Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Edinburgh) ‘Mu’awiya at Jerusalem (661 CE): between Heraclius and Abd al-Malik?’
4-4.15 Closing remarks: Jim Crow (Archaeology, Edinburgh)
4.15-4.45 Tea and coffee (McMillan Room)
5-6.30 Public Lecture: Jean-Michel Spieser (Art History and Archaeology, Fribourg) ‘Thessaloniki: the Palace and the Rotunda’
6.30-7.30 Wine reception and celebration of the publication of L. Grig and G. Kelly (eds),Two Romes: Rome and Constantinople in Late Antiquity (Oxford University Press, New York, 2012) (McMillan Room)
8pm Dinner for speakers (and others as space permits) in a local restaurant
There will be a registration fee of £15 (waged) or £10 (unwaged, retired, students), which will include teas and coffees, buffet lunch and wine reception.
To register for the conference, please e-mail or write to Gavin Kelly and send a cheque made out to ‘The University of Edinburgh’ to him at the address below. Please also contact him for any additional information, or if you wish to join the speakers for dinner after the conference.
Dr Gavin Kelly
University of Edinburgh
William Robertson Wing
For information on the MSc in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies, see http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/history-classics-archaeology/graduate-school/programmes/classics/msc-late-antique-islamic-byzantine
There is a wide range of accommodation at all prices available in Edinburgh. The University’s own accommodation is bookable via
A large selection of options is directly bookable via http://www.edinburghcitycentrehotels.com/