Oxford Princeton Partnership Past Lectures
October 2015 – January 2016, ‘Sacred Space’
In Autumn 2015, parallel sessions were held in the
two universities, with a graduate workshop in Princeton in January 2016.
Tuesday October 13: Hindy Najman, ‘Rewriting sacred
space in ancient Jewish texts’.
Tuesday October 20: Håkon Teigen, ‘The light mind is its own place:
Manichaeism and the cultivation of sacred space in a world of darkness’.
Tuesday October 27: 28th Myres’ Memorial lecture: Maria Iakovou, ‘From ‘the mythical age of
Cypriote archaeology’ to a 21st century landscape project: The polity of
Ancient Paphos in its economic context’.
Tuesday November 3: Irene Polinskaya, 'The “gods who own” and the “deity who rules”: Territory and
Divinity in Ancient Greece'.
November 13: John Scheid, ‘Looking for the five or six mile limit of the Ager
Tuesday November 17: Nicholas Purcell, ‘"Procul o procul!” Is there such a thing as
Roman sacred space, and, if so, what is it?’
Tuesday November 24: Konstantin Klein, ‘In the realm of the scarlet-clad whore: Josephus, Jerome
and the desacralisation of Holy Cities.
Tuesday December 1: Scott Scullion, ‘Delimiting Sacred Space’.
October 2014 – January 2015: 'Religion and Politics among Greeks, Romans, Jews and Christians'
In Autumn 2014, parallel sessions
were held in the two universities, with a graduate workshop in Oxford in
October 14 Robert Parker
(Oxford), ‘Religion and Politics in
Greece: Points of Intersection’.
October 21 William Horbury
(Cambridge), 'Bar Kokhba's Realm and the Millennium'.
October 28 Naoise MacSweeney
(Leicester), ‘Oikist options: the politics of foundation cults in
November 4 Nicholas Purcell
(Oxford), 'Neither are my ways your ways: Romans and religious difference’.
November 11 Federico Santangelo
(Newcastle), 'Resistance or irrelevance? Priestly expertise in the early
Principate, and the impact of monarchy'.
November 18 Annelies Cazemier
(Oxford), 'Greek sanctuaries and the rise of Rome: Delphi and
November 25 Neil McLynn (Oxford),
'The art of political incompetence: Gregory Nazianzen at Constantinople'.
December 2 Corinne Bonnet (Toulouse), ‘”Once again letters have come
from Phoenicia” : mythological kinship and political networking in Hellenistic
and Roman times .’
September 2013 –January 2014: ‘Anthromorphism and images of gods and God among Greeks, Romans, Jews and Christians’
In Autumn 2013, parallel sessions were held in the two
universities, with a graduate workshop in Princeton in January 2014.
Week 1 (15 Oct): Anthromorphism and images of gods and God among
Greeks, Romans, Jews and Christians
Week 2 (22 Oct): Mahdavi Nevader (Oxford). ‘God's Two Bodies: Royal
Anthropomorphism in the Hebrew Bible'
Week 3 (29 Oct): Dirk Obbink (Oxford), ‘Images and Religious Knowledge
Week 4 (6 Nov): Maren Niehoff (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), ‘Philo
of Alexandria between the Bible, Platonic Transcendentalism and Stoic
Week 5 (12 Nov): Anna Clark (Oxford), ‘Muses in Rome: anthropomorphism,
Week 6 (19 Nov): Morwenna Ludlow (Exeter), 'Now you hear me, now you
don't': prosopopoeia and the problem of divine speech in early Christian
Week 7 (26 Nov): Milette Gaifman (Yale), ‘Divine Fluidities: Between
Anthropomorphism and Aniconism.’
Week 8 (3 Dec): Esther Eidinow (Nottingham), 'Always on my mind? A
cognitive approach to anthropomorphism in Greek religion.’
September 2012 –January 2013: ‘Ethnicity and Religious Identity in the Ancient World’
In Autumn 2012, parallel sessions were held in the two
universities, with a graduate workshop in Oxford in January 2013.
Oxford Programme (Beate Dignas, Robert Parker, Nicholas
Purcell, Guy Stroumsa)
Week 1 (9 Oct): Lindsay Driediger-Murphy, 'Could a “Roman” god cheer for Hannibal?'
Week 2 (17 Oct): Lindsay Allen, , 'Gaumata the Mede: ethnicity & the dark side of
empire' - nb irregular day
Week 3 (23 Oct): Nicholas Purcell, 'Ethnos, polis and
sanctuary in the long history of Campania'
Week 4 (30 Oct): Jo Quinn, 'The
Culture of the Tophets: A Punic World in the Central Mediterranean?'
Week 5 (6 Nov): Markus Bockmuehl, ‘Strangers at Home:
Bethsaida as a Case Study of Jewish Diaspora Within Roman Palestine.’
Week 6 (13 Nov): Teresa Morgan, ‘Josephus
on trust in relations between Jews and Others’
Week 7 (20 Nov): Jonathan Kirkpatrick, "Jews and the Religious Quality of Wine: a
Bibulous History of the Definition of Ethnic Boundaries"
Week 8 (27 Nov): Fergus Millar, ‘Finding a Forefather: From
Pagan Saracens to Muslim Arabs?’
September 2011 – January 2012: ‘Weak belief, differing belief, unbelief in the Graeco-Roman World’
In Autumn 2011, parallel sessions were held in the two
universities, with a graduate workshop in Princeton in January 2012.
Oxford Programme (Beate Dignas, Robert Parker, Guy Stroumsa)
Week 1 (11 Oct): David Sedley, ‘The Atheist Underground in
Week 2 (18 Oct): Tim Whitmarsh, ‘Euhemerus: Belief in
Week 3 (25 Oct): Luke Pitcher, ‘The Absence of Mr Glass:
(The Lack of) Gods in Ancient Historiography’
Week 4 (1 Nov): Christoph Markschies, ‘Were there Partial
Christians in Antiquity?’
Week 5 (8 Nov): Martin Goodman, ‘Divine Providence,
Sadducees and Epicureanism in Late-antique Judaism’
Week 6 (15 Nov): Teresa Morgan, ‘Pistis, Fides and Divine-Human
Relations in GraecopRoman Religions of the Early Principate’
Week 7 (22 Nov): Phil Booth, ‘Hostility to Holy Men in Late
Week 8 (29 Nov): Joerg Ruepke, ‘Religious Deviance in
September 2010 – January 2011: ‘Priests and Seers in the Religious Cultures of the Roman World’
In Autumn 2010, parallel sessions were held in the two universities, with a
graduate workshop in Oxford in January 2011.
Oxford Programme (Beate Dignas and Guy Stroumsa)
Week 1 (12 Oct): Beate Dignas, ‘Greek Priests in the Second Century AD:
A Traditional Lot, a Wide Range, or a New Species?’
Week 2 (19 Oct): Neil McLynn, ‘Aelius Aristides and the Priests’
Week 3 (26 Oct): Nicole Belayche, ‘Priests as Diviners: Which Role in Mutations
of Religiosities in Imperial Anatolia?’
Week 4 (2 Nov): Kate Cooper, ‘Priests and Seers in Early Christianity’
Week 5 (9 Nov): Tessa Rajak, ‘Trousers, Tassels and Temple: Priests of
Imagination and Memory in Pre- and Post-70 Judaism’
Week 6 (16 Nov): Robert Hoyland, ‘Soothsayers and Divines of West Arabia before
Week 7 (23 Nov): Paraskevi Martzavou, ‘Priests and Priestly Role in the Isiac
Cults; Models of Description and Interpretation’
Week 8 (30 Nov): Almut Hintze, ‘Priests and Seers in Zoroastrianism’
September 2009 – January 2010: ‘Centre and Region in the Ancient Mediterranean’
2009, parallel sessions will be held in the two universities, with a graduate
workshop in Princeton in January 2010.
Programme (Jonathan Prag and Alfonso Moreno):
(October 13th) Jonathan Prag (Oxford) : Epigraphic habits in the hellenistic
(October 20th) Alex Mullen (Cambridge) : 'La Provence grecque': regional
identities and language in Southern Gaul
(October 27th) Alfonso Moreno (Oxford) : Hieron and Pontic-Aegean Networks
(November 10th) Rebecca Sweetman (St. Andrews) : Crete: Hellenistic seclusion
to Roman network hub
(November 17th) Vincent Gabrielsen (Copenhagen) : Economic Dynamism and Aegean
Aristocracies: Hellenistic Rhodes and its network
(November 24th) Alicia Jiménez (Madrid): Roman Coins in a Provincial Context:
the Republican army and the camps at Numantia (Soria, Spain)
(December 1st) Lorenzo Campagna (Messina): Exploring social and cultural
changes in the communities of provincia Sicilia: new perspectives from the
study of urban landscapes
September 2008 – January 2009: ‘Regional dynamics in the age of the Polis’
2008, parallel sessions were held in the two universities, with a graduate
workshop in Oxford in January 2009.
Programme (Rosalind Thomas and Alfonso Moreno)
(October 14th) Nicholas Purcell: Practical Regionalism
(October 21st) Andreas Willi, Creating Sicily: language, literature and the
formation of a colonial region.
(October 28th) Thomas Kiely, Between Palace and Polis? Ancient Constructions of
the Iron Age Kingdoms of Cyprus (9th – 4th centuries B.C.)
(November 4th) Ian Rutherford, Regional Dynamics and Pilgrimage: the case of
(November 11th) Maria Pretzler, Symmachy and Ethnos: Regionalism in the
(November 18th) Catherine Draycott, Hellespontine Phrygia: attempts to define a
(November 25th) Emily Mackil, From Fragmentation to Flourishing: Regional
Economies and the Greek Koinon.
(December 2nd) Kostas Vlassopoulos, Regional perspectives and the Writing of
September 2007 – January 2008: ‘Talking with Gods'
2007 parallel seminars were held in the two universities, with a graduate
workshop in Princeton in January 2008.
Programme (Teresa Morgan and Markus Bockmuehl):
Week 1 (9
Oct) Nicole Belayche (Paris): Talking to the gods: from pagan to Christian.
(16 Oct) Angelos Chaniotis (Oxford): Acclamations as a form of religious
(23 Oct) Beate Dignas (Oxford): Talking about talking to the gods: Tisamenos,
Herodotus and Simonides.
(30 Oct) Susan Gillingham (Oxford): Talking to God in psalms.
Week 5 (6
Nov) Sebastian Brock (Oxford): Divine acclamations in Syriac.
(13 Nov) Mary Beard (Cambridge): Cicero, de haruspicum responso.
(20 Nov) John North (London): Divine threats and human responses.
September 2006 – January 2007: ‘Faith in Religions of the Ancient World’
2006 parallel seminars were held in the two universities, with a graduate
workshop in Oxford in January 2007.
Programme (Teresa Morgan (Oxford) and Barbara Kowalzig (Royal Holloway)):
(Oct. 10th) Teresa Morgan (Oxford): Looking for Faith in Greek and Roman
(Oct. 17th) Catherine Bell (UC Santa Clara): Anthropology and the Study of
(Oct. 24th) John Barton (Oxford): Faith in the Hebrew Bible.
(Oct. 31st) Nicholas Purcell (Oxford): Thinking about Thinking Gods.
(Nov. 7th) Nicole Belayche (Paris): Faith and the Evolution of Religiosity in
the Greek World.
(Nov. 14th) Robert Parker, Martin Goodman, Barbara Kowalzig, Teresa Morgan.
Panel: Problems of Faith.
(Nov. 23rd) Martin Goodman (Oxford): Faith and Works in Late Antique Judaism.
(Nov. 30th) Judith Lieu (KCL): Belief, faith or trust? Pisteuein in the Gospel
September 2005 - January 2006: 'Syria in Antiquity: looking East or looking West?'
2005 parallel seminars were held in the two universities, with a graduate
workshop in Princeton in January 2006.
Week 1 (October 11): Peter Brown (Princeton): 'Work, alms and the afterlife in
late antiquity: Manichees and begging monks between Syria and Egypt'
(October 18): Marc van de Mieroop (Columbia and Oxford): 'Syria down to
(October 25): Fergus Millar (Oriental Institute): 'Syria from
Alexander to Islam: the issues'
(November 1): Zena Kamash (Magdalen): 'Water supply, cultural contact and the
economy: evidence from Roman and Byzantine Syria'
(November 8): Kevin Butcher (American University Beirut): 'Syria in the Roman
period: material culture and identity'
(November 15): David Taylor (Oriental Institute): 'Christianity to 700: the
(November 22): Marlia Mango (St John's) : 'Christianity to 700: the
(November 29): Petra Sijpesteijn (Christ Church): 'Syria and the beginings of
September 2004-January 2005: 'Priesthoods in the Ancient World'
2004 parallel seminars in the two universities were held, with a workshop in
Oxford in January 2004.
overall aim of the series of seminars is to explore the definitions and roles
of priesthoods in the ancient world. Definition of terms needs to be thought
about, but primarily in relation to the difference that different terminology
makes to the discussion. It used to be claimed that the Greek priesthoods were
pretty amateurish (almost like magistracies), unlike Christian priests. It has
become clear that this contrast is inadequate in terms of Greek priests. There
are therefore issues of professionalism and authority to explore (what kind of
authority dies the priest have, religious? political? What difference does the
duration of the office make?) There are also issues of gender,
self-representation of priests, and the interaction of religious traditions.
What is the role of priests in Second Temple Judaism? In the pre-Constantinian
period, can one talk of Christian priests? How do Christian views relate both
to the pagan and the Jewish traditions (past and present)?
Week 1 (12
Oct.). Jonathan Kirkpatrick (Oxford), 'Introduction'; Co-chair: Joseph Streeter
Week 2 (19 Oct.). Scott Scullion (Oxford), 'Bacchic priesthoods'; Co-chair: Annelies
Week 3 (26 Oct.). Ted Kaizer (Oxford), 'Priesthood in the Levant, 63 BC - AD 284:
Indigenous, Greek and Roman'; Co-chair: Jan-Matthieu Carbon
Week 4 (2 Nov.). Mark Edwards (Oxford), 'Was there a Christian priesthood before
Constantine?'; Co-chair: Daniel Schwartz
Week 5 (9 Nov.) Philip Alexander (Manchester), 'Jewish priests after 70'; Co-chair:
Week 6 (16 Nov.). John Baines (Oxford), 'A high-priestly couple in Ptolemaic Egypt';
Co-chair: Shizu Okada
Week 7 (23 Nov.). John North (London), 'Priests and law in Republican Rome';
Co-chair: Zehavi Husser
Week 8 (30 Nov.) Simon Price (Oxford), 'Concluding Discussion'; Co-chair: David
Fernandez, Damian, "Bishops and Tax
Collectors in sixth century Spain"
Gambash, Gil, "Eastern priestly power in face of Macedonian invasion"
Gandy, Meghan, "Vestal Virgins during the Roman Republic"
Jackson, Adam, "Pretenders to the Priesthood: Titus in the Temple"
Kessler, Elizabeth, "Priesthoods in Archaic Athens"
Ljung, Emma, "Scipio Africanus in relation to Jupiter: the personal nature
of Roman religion"
Papayiannis, Joanna, "The Role of Religious Figures in Greek colonization:
Politics and Piety"
Vidas, Moulie, "A reconsideration of the Nazirite Law in Numbers 6"
September 2003-January 2004: 'Society, Wealth and the Divine: Benefactors in Ancient Cities'
2003 parallel seminars were held in the two universities, with a workshop in
Princeton in January 2004.
Oct. Prof. G. Rogers (Wellesley College), Money and mysteries in Ephesos.
Respondent: Annelies Cazemier. Cancelled due to illness]
2: 20 Oct. Prof. J. K. Davies (Liverpool) The impious Phokians as economic
facilitators. Respondent: Jez Stanley.
3: 27 Oct. Dr T. Kaizer (Corpus Christi College, Oxford), Who paid for temples
in the Roman East? Respondent: Ji-Eun Lee.
4: 3 Nov. Dr J. Elsner (Corpus Christi College, Oxford) Public patrons, private
patrons and the imagery of religion. Respondent: Joseph Streeter.
5: 10 Nov. Prof. J. Magness (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), A
Sixth-Century Date for the Sardis Synagogue? Respondent: HelenAnn Hartley.
6: 17 Nov. Prof. F. G. B. Millar (Oriental Institute, Oxford) Benefactors and
donors in synagogues and churches. Respondent: Georgios Deligiannakis.
7: 24 Nov. Dr B. Dignas (University of Michigan) Benefitting benefactors: Greek
priests and euergetism. Respondent: Annelies Cazemier.
8: 1 Dec. Prof. P. Debord (Université Michel de Montaigne-Bordeaux III),
Sanctuaires et évergétisme (principalement en anatolie occidentale).
Respondent: Peter Thonemann.
Sept. 19: Benefaction and Euergetism: history of scholarship, definitions,
anthropological roots of euergetism (Fernandez)
Sept. 26: The first stages of the euergetic institution: foreigners and athlets
in the archaic polis (Andrioti)
Oct. 3: A neglected aspect of the archaic community: the generosity of
Oct. 10: Tyrants as benefactors: the phenomenon of archaic tyranny from a new
Oct. 17: Athletes, generals and stateman in the classical polis (Robinson)
Oct. 24: Liturgies and benefactions of citizens in the fifth-century: the Athenian
'Sonderweg' (Avlamis, Andrioti, Belis)
Nov. 7: Contradictions between democracy and economy in forth century Athens:
Liturgies and the emergence of civic euergetism (Gardner)
Nov 14: The triumph of euergetism, and the differences between Early and Late
Hellenistic benefactors (Downs)
Nov. 21: New forms of interaction: Kings, cities and euergetism in the
Hellenistic Age (Robinson, Gardner)
Dec. 5: "L'âge d'or de l'évergétisme": benefactions and honors in the
Eastern Roman Empire (Caldwell)
September 2002-January 2003: 'Purity and Pollution in Ancient Religions'
seminars were held in Oxford and Princeton in the autumn of 2002, and a joint
workshop was held in Oxford in January 2003.
January 2002: 'The Ways that Never Parted'
Christians in Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages - a joint symposium at