Friday, February 1, 2013

Pagans and Christians in the Late Roman Empire: New Evidence, New Approaches (4th-6th Centuries), Central European University, 7-10 March 2013

Date:  March 7, 2013 - 09:00 - March 10, 2013 - 16:00
Event type:  Conference
Event audience:  Open to the Public
CEU organizer(s):  Marianne Sághy
CEU host unit(s):  Department of Medieval Studies
External organizers:  University of Pécs
CEU contact person:  Marianne Sághy

Thursday March 7, 2013
CEU Budapest, Nádor utca 9, Popper Room

10:00-10:30 am  Marianne Sághy (Budapest) Welcome and Introductory Remarks: What’s new pagans and Christians?

10:30-12:30 pm Cities, Sophists, Bishops
Chair:  Rita Lizzi Testa (Perugia)

Josef Rist (Bochum): Conversion in a late antique city: The Life of Bishop Porphyry of Gaza by Mark the Deacon
Raffaella Cribiore (New York): The sophist Libanius as a grey pagan
Wolf Liebeschuetz (Nottingham) A view from Cyrrhus: Theodoret’s ‘Affectionum graecarum curatio’
Samuel Provost (Nancy): Living side by side in a changing urban landscape: Christians, Pagans and Jews in Philippi (4th-6th centuries)

12:30-1:30 lunch break

1:30-3:00 pm Religion and Philosophy
Chair: Marianne Sághy (Budapest)

Luciana Soares Santoprete (Paris): Relations between philosophical and religious traditions
Róbert Somos (Pécs): Sentences as elements of philosophia moralis: Adaptations of a pagan literary form in the Works of Rufinus of Aquileia
Maël Goarzin (Lausanne): Pagan and Christian biography in late antiquity: On the importance of practical life for pagan and Christian philosophers

3-3:30 Coffee break

3:30-5:00 pm Cohabitation and/or Conversion
Chair: Michele R. Salzman (Riverside)

Zsófia Buzádi-Sallai (Budapest): A pagan who converted and became bishop
Margarita Vallejo-Girvés (Alcalá): Empress Verina among the pagans
Miriam Adan Jones (Amsterdam): Conversion as convergence: Understanding Gregory the Great's attitude toward pagan and Jewish influences in Anglo-Saxon Christianity

5:30-6:30 pm keynote lecture
CEU,  Budapest, Nádor utca 9, Auditorium
Chair: Wolf Liebeschuetz

Alan Cameron (New York): Were pagans afraid to speak their mind?

7:00 pm Buffet dinner

Friday March 8 CEU Budapest

10:00 -12:00 a.m Parallel sessions

Historical Perceptions
Popper Room
Chair: Hartwin Brandt (Bamberg)

Mar Marcos (Cantabria): Eusebius and Maximinus Daia
Anna Tóth (Budapest):  John Lydus as pagan and Christian
Juana Torres (Cantabria): Rhetoric and historical deformation: Marcus of Arethusa, heretic and martyr
Ecaterina Lung (Bucharest): Religious identity as seen by 6th-century historians and chroniclers

Pagan and Christian Burials
Gellner Room
Chair: Dino Milinovic (Zagreb)

Ivan Basic (Split): From Sepulcrum divi Diocletiani to Ecclesia gloriosae Virginis: New propositions on the Christianisation of Diocletian’s mausoleum in Spalato
Monica Hellström (Providence): Circiform funerary basilicas in Rome in the context of previous burial places
Olivér Gábor (Pécs): Pagan and Christian burial customs in Sopianae
Elizabeth O’Brien (Dublin): Impact beyond the Empire: Burial practices in Ireland (4th – 8th centuries)


Claudia-Maria Behling (Vienna): Pagan garden to Christian paradise: Early Christianity in the eastern Transdanubian Region
Stefanie Hofbauer (Vienna): Finger rings from Antiquity to Christianity

12:00-1:00 pm lunch break

1:00 pm-3:00 pm: Religious Profiling
Popper Room
Chair: Maijastina Kahlos (Helsinki)

Jerome Lagouanère (Paris) The figure of ‘Paganus’ in the Works of Augustine of Hippo
Linda Honey (Calgary) Religious profiling in the Miracles of St. Thekla
Monika Pesthy Simon (Budapest) Martyres versus Pharmakoi
Volker Menze (Budapest) The dark side of holiness: Fear, punishment, death and Barsaumo ‘the Roasted’

3:00 pm-3:30 pm Coffee break

3:30-5:30 Social and Economic Relations – Civic Life
Popper Room
Chair: Josef Rist (Bochum)

Joseph Grzywaczewski (Paris): Sidonius Apollinaris’s pagan vision of Roma bellatrix in Christian Rome
Lucy Grig (Edinburgh): Late antique popular culture and the creation of “paganism”: the Case of the Kalends of January
Sofie Remijsen (Leuven): Christianizing the rhythm of life? Sundays in late antique papyri
Jaclyn Maxwell (Ohio): Social relations and status anxiety across religious divides in late antiquity

5:30 pm-6:00 pm Coffee break

6:00-8:00 pm Pagans, Christians and Material Culture:  Artistic Crossovers
Popper Room
Chair: Lucy Grig (Edinburgh)

Rita Lizzi Testa (Perugia): The Economy of pagan temples and Christian churches
Edward M. Schoolman (Nevada): Religious images and contexts: “Christian” and “pagan” terracotta lamps
Dino Milinović (Zagreb): Pagan, Christian, or “secular”? The problem of the silver plate
Steven D. Smith (New York): Pagan literary mimésis in Christian Constantinople: The devotional epigrams of Agathias’ s Cycle

Saturday March 9, 2013

Pécs/Sopianae, Late Antique Cemetery
Cella Septichora Visitor Center (Pécs, Szent István tér)

1:00-3:00 pm The Archaeology of Christianisation
Chair: Zsolt Visy (Pécs)

Mustafa Şahin (Bursa): Myndos Rabbit Island (Tavşan Adası): from pagan sanctuary to Christian monastery
Branka Migotti (Zagreb): The cult of Sol Invictus and early Christianity in Southern Pannonia
Hristo Preshlenov (Sofia): Pagans and Christianisation along the South-West Black Sea Coast in the provinces of Scythia, Moesia Secunda and Haemimontos
Roy Flechner (Dublin): Economic change and conversion to Christianity in early medieval Britain and Ireland: consequence or coincidence?

3:00-4:00 pm Coffee break and poster exhibition

Zsolt Visy (Pécs): Sopianae and Valeria in the late Roman period
Levente Nagy (Pécs): Christian objects from Pannonia
István Lovász (Pécs): The northern cemetery of Sopianae in 3D
Marijana Vuković (Budapest/Oslo): Saint Irenaeus of Sirmium
Ferenc Fazekas (Pécs) - Antal Szabó (Paks): “Pagan” and Christian culture in Lussonium
Réka Neményi (Pécs): Early Christian cross-bow brooches
Alessandra Bravi - Silvia Margutti (Perugia): Transformation of sacred spaces:  Constantinople and the Eastern Empire
Roy Flechner (Dublin): Converting the Isles

4:00-5:00 pm Concluding remarks
Chair: Danielle Slootjes (Nijmegen)
Michele R. Salzman (Riverside)

5:00-6:30 pm The Late Antique Cemetery of Sopianae with guides Zsolt Visy, Levente Nagy and Olivér Gábor

6:30-7:30 pm closing lecture
Chair: Alan Cameron (New York)

Hartwin Brandt (Bamberg): Constantine and Rome - between pagans and Christians

8:00 pm Dinner
Restaurant Pezsgőház, Pécs, Szent István tér

Conference coordinators:
Johanna Rákos-Zichy:
Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky:
Special thanks to Attila Üveges and the Zsolnay Örökségkezelő Nonprofit Kft. Pécs