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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'.

Friday November 13: John Scheid, ‘Looking for the five or six mile limit of the Ager Romanus’

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 January 2015.

Oxford Programme

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 Ionia’.

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 Delos'.

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.

Oxford Programme

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 in Epicurus.’

Week 4 (6 Nov): Maren Niehoff (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), ‘Philo of Alexandria between the Bible, Platonic Transcendentalism and Stoic Immanentism.’

Week 5 (12 Nov): Anna Clark (Oxford), ‘Muses in Rome: anthropomorphism, personification, genre.’

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 texts.’

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 Plato’s Laws’

Week 2 (18 Oct): Tim Whitmarsh, ‘Euhemerus: Belief in Fiction’

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 Antiquity’

Week 8 (29 Nov): Joerg Ruepke, ‘Religious Deviance in Republican Rome’

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 Islam’

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’

In Autumn 2009, parallel sessions will be held in the two universities, with a graduate workshop in Princeton in January 2010.

Oxford Programme (Jonathan Prag and Alfonso Moreno):

Week 1 (October 13th) Jonathan Prag (Oxford) : Epigraphic habits in the hellenistic western Mediterranean

Week 2 (October 20th) Alex Mullen (Cambridge) : 'La Provence grecque': regional identities and language in Southern Gaul

Week 3 (October 27th) Alfonso Moreno (Oxford) : Hieron and Pontic-Aegean Networks

Week 5 (November 10th) Rebecca Sweetman (St. Andrews) : Crete: Hellenistic seclusion to Roman network hub

Week 6 (November 17th) Vincent Gabrielsen (Copenhagen) : Economic Dynamism and Aegean Aristocracies: Hellenistic Rhodes and its network

Week 7 (November 24th) Alicia Jiménez (Madrid): Roman Coins in a Provincial Context: the Republican army and the camps at Numantia (Soria, Spain)

Week 8 (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’

In Autumn 2008, parallel sessions were held in the two universities, with a graduate workshop in Oxford in January 2009.

Oxford Programme (Rosalind Thomas and Alfonso Moreno)

Week 1 (October 14th) Nicholas Purcell: Practical Regionalism

Week 2 (October 21st) Andreas Willi, Creating Sicily: language, literature and the formation of a colonial region.

Week 3 (October 28th) Thomas Kiely, Between Palace and Polis? Ancient Constructions of the Iron Age Kingdoms of Cyprus (9th – 4th centuries B.C.)

Week 4 (November 4th) Ian Rutherford, Regional Dynamics and Pilgrimage: the case of Hellenistic Samothrace.

Week 5 (November 11th) Maria Pretzler, Symmachy and Ethnos: Regionalism in the Peloponnese.

Week 6 (November 18th) Catherine Draycott, Hellespontine Phrygia: attempts to define a region.

Week 7 (November 25th) Emily Mackil, From Fragmentation to Flourishing: Regional Economies and the Greek Koinon.

Week 8 (December 2nd) Kostas Vlassopoulos, Regional perspectives and the Writing of Greek History.

September 2007 – January 2008: ‘Talking with Gods'

In autumn 2007 parallel seminars were held in the two universities, with a graduate workshop in Princeton in January 2008.

Oxford Programme (Teresa Morgan and Markus Bockmuehl):

Week 1 (9 Oct) Nicole Belayche (Paris): Talking to the gods: from pagan to Christian.

Week 2 (16 Oct) Angelos Chaniotis (Oxford): Acclamations as a form of religious communication.

Week 3 (23 Oct) Beate Dignas (Oxford): Talking about talking to the gods: Tisamenos, Herodotus and Simonides.

Week 4 (30 Oct) Susan Gillingham (Oxford): Talking to God in psalms.

Week 5 (6 Nov) Sebastian Brock (Oxford): Divine acclamations in Syriac.

Week 6 (13 Nov) Mary Beard (Cambridge): Cicero, de haruspicum responso.

Week 7 (20 Nov) John North (London): Divine threats and human responses.

September 2006 – January 2007: ‘Faith in Religions of the Ancient World’

In autumn 2006 parallel seminars were held in the two universities, with a graduate workshop in Oxford in January 2007.

Oxford Programme (Teresa Morgan (Oxford) and Barbara Kowalzig (Royal Holloway)):

Week 1 (Oct. 10th) Teresa Morgan (Oxford): Looking for Faith in Greek and Roman Religion.

Week 2 (Oct. 17th) Catherine Bell (UC Santa Clara): Anthropology and the Study of Greek Religion.

Week 3 (Oct. 24th) John Barton (Oxford): Faith in the Hebrew Bible.

Week 4 (Oct. 31st) Nicholas Purcell (Oxford): Thinking about Thinking Gods.

Week 5 (Nov. 7th) Nicole Belayche (Paris): Faith and the Evolution of Religiosity in the Greek World.

Week 6 (Nov. 14th) Robert Parker, Martin Goodman, Barbara Kowalzig, Teresa Morgan. Panel: Problems of Faith.

Week 7 (Nov. 23rd) Martin Goodman (Oxford): Faith and Works in Late Antique Judaism.

Week 8 (Nov. 30th) Judith Lieu (KCL): Belief, faith or trust? Pisteuein in the Gospel of John.

September 2005 - January 2006: 'Syria in Antiquity: looking East or looking West?'

In autumn 2005 parallel seminars were held in the two universities, with a graduate workshop in Princeton in January 2006.

Oxford Programme:

Week 1 (October 11): Peter Brown (Princeton): 'Work, alms and the afterlife in late antiquity: Manichees and begging monks between Syria and Egypt'

Week 2 (October 18): Marc van de Mieroop (Columbia and Oxford): 'Syria down to Alexander'

Week 3 (October 25): Fergus Millar (Oriental Institute): 'Syria from
Alexander to Islam: the issues'

Week 4 (November 1): Zena Kamash (Magdalen): 'Water supply, cultural contact and the economy: evidence from Roman and Byzantine Syria'

Week 5 (November 8): Kevin Butcher (American University Beirut): 'Syria in the Roman period: material culture and identity'

Week 6 (November 15): David Taylor (Oriental Institute): 'Christianity to 700: the literary evidence'

Week 7 (November 22): Marlia Mango (St John's) : 'Christianity to 700: the
archaeological evidence'

Week 8 (November 29): Petra Sijpesteijn (Christ Church): 'Syria and the beginings of Islam'.

September 2004-January 2005: 'Priesthoods in the Ancient World'

In autumn 2004 parallel seminars in the two universities were held, with a workshop in Oxford in January 2004.

Oxford programme:

The 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 Cazemier
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: Enid Rubenstein
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 Michelson.

Princeton programme:

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'

In autumn 2003 parallel seminars were held in the two universities, with a workshop in Princeton in January 2004.

Oxford programme

[1: 13 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.

Princeton programme:

Sept. 12: Introduction

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 aristocrats (Belis)

Oct. 10: Tyrants as benefactors: the phenomenon of archaic tyranny from a new perspective (Avlamis)

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'

Parallel 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'

Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages - a joint symposium at Princeton.