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Dr Ine Jacobs
MA DPhil Leuven


Associate Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture, Faculty of Classics
School of Archaeology
Faculty of History


Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies
66 St. Giles'

Dr Ine Jacobs


After a degree in Archaeology at Leuven (Belgium), I obtained a grant from the Research Foundation Flanders to start a D.Phil. The same foundation also funded my postdoctoral research as well as a long research stay in Munich. In the meantime, I had also become a lecturer at the University of Brussels. In October 2013, I moved to Edinburgh as a Chancellor’s Fellow in Classics. Since January 2015, I am the Associate Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture at Oxford.

Research Keywords:

Late Antique archaeology and architecture, Archaeology of Christianity, Popular culture, Dark Age Asia Minor

Research Interests:

My research focusses on the development of the Eastern Mediterranean in late antique and Byzantine times. Because I am an archaeologist, I mainly deal with material evidence, but I am particularly interested in how this relates to and can (not) be combined with contemporary literary sources. My D.Phil looked into the how and why of late antique and Early Byzantine urban development and representation. In a first postdoctoral fellowship I investigated the reciprocal relations between the drastic political and religious changes taking place in the Theodosian period on the one hand and the economic developments and general prosperity in the eastern Mediterranean on the other. Since then I have been focussing ever more on the influence of Christianity on contemporary society. I am examining how the augmenting power of bishops over their congregations is expressed in the urban fabric as well as how ordinary people experienced their Christianity.

I was a member of the Sagalassos team (Turkey) between 2003 and 2014, am director of the British Archaeological Project at Grumentum (Italy) since 2012, and co-director of the Kostoperska Karpa Regional Archaeological Project (FYROM) since 2015.

Full Publications:

Click here for a downloadable pdf of full publications:  Jacobs-Publications-Feb-2015.pdf

Selected Publications:

'Old Habits Die Hard. A group of mythological statuettes from Sagalassos and the afterlife of sculpture in Asia Minor', in The Afterlife of Classical Sculpture: Late Antique Responses and Practices, T. M. Kristensen and L. M. Stirling (eds.), (University of Michigan Press 2015 forthcoming).

'Ecclesiastical dominance and urban setting. Colonnaded streets as back-drop for Christian display', Antiquité Tardive 22. L’Orient chrétien de Constantin et d’Eusèbe de Césarée, (2014), 281-304.

'Five centuries of glory. The Colonnaded Street of Sagalassos in the first and the sixth century AD', Co-author: M. Waelkens, Istanbuler Mitteillungen, Vol: 63 [2013], (2014), 219-266.

'Production and Prosperity in the Theodosian period' (Interdisciplinary Studies in Ancient Culture and Religion 14), Jacobs, I (ed.), Leuven, (2014).

Aesthetic Maintenance of Civic Space. The 'Classical' City from the 4th to the 7th c. AD (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 193), (Leuven-Paris-Walpole 2013).