During this semester, seminars will be held online in MS Teams. If you would like to attend, please email Carlos Machado (, to get the meeting link.

Wednesday 29 September 4pm – Cristina La Rocca (Padua):
“Paupercula. A woman alone between poverty, disability, and redemption (6th-9th centuries) (Poverty and Inequality series)”

Wednesday 13 October 4pm – Ann-Sophie Schoess (St Andrews):
“Ariadne’s Second Abandonment: Traces of Ovid’s Fasti in Nonnus’ Dionysiaca?”

Wednesday 3 November 4pm – Jane Sancinito (Lowell):
“Finding Piracy in Late Antiquity” (Poverty and Inequality series)

Wednesday 10 November 4pm – John Fabiano (Toronto):
“Plebeius Labor: Work, Profession, and Poverty in the Late-Roman West” (Poverty and Inequality series)

Wednesday 24 November 4pm – Christel Freu (Rouen):
“Contrasts and Inequalities in the societies of the capitals of Byzantine Egypt: the cases of Antinoopolis and Oxyrhynchos” (Poverty and Inequality series)


Wednesday 27 January 4pm – Dr Byron Waldron (Sydney):
“Brothers in Arms: Military Politics, Fraternal Imagery and the Age of the Tetrarchy”

Friday 5 February 4pm – Adrastos Omissi (Glasgow):
“Hamstrung Horses: Dating Constantine’s Departure from the Court of Galerius” (Classics Research seminar)

Monday 8 February 5.15pm – Søren Sindbaek (Aarhus):
“Northern Emporium: The Archaeology of Ribe, the Anglo-Saxon Mission in Frisia, and the Making of Viking-Age” (Institute of Medieval Studies Seminar)

Wednesday 03 March 4pm – Prof. Marcelo Cândido da Silva (São Paulo):
“Karol and Sisenand: power and social mobility in early medieval Italy”

Friday 12 March 4pm – Kristina Sessa (Ohio State):
“Disaster in Late Antiquity: Scale, Agency, and Narrative”- Centre for Late Antique Studies Annual Lecture

Wednesday 17 March 4pm – Dr Robert Wisniewski (Warsaw):
“Counting Prebyters in Late Antique Rome”

Friday 19 March 4pm – Koen de Temmerman (Ghent):
“A Life (not) to Die for: Eremitic Monasticism in Pseudo-Nilus’ Narrations” (Classics Research Seminar)

Wednesday 21 April 4pm – Prof. Sabine Panzram (Hamburg):
“The Christianization of the Iberian Peninsula – Myth and Reality”



(See also the page with information about our work-in-progress seminar series for other exciting lectures)

Semester 2

* Workshop: Epigraphy and Literature in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Week 6 – 04/03 (Monday) – St Mary’s College Hall
Invited speakers: Gianfranco Agosti (Rome, La Sapienza), Jason König (St Andrews), Peter Kruschwitz (Reading), Carlos Machado (St Andrews), Elisa Merisio (Rome, La Sapienza), Jason Moralee (Massachussetts Amherst), Silvia Orlandi (Rome, La Sapienza), Beppe Pezzini (St Andrews) Andreas Rhoby (Vienna), Francesco Stella (Siena), Ida Toth (Oxford).

A University of St Andrews/Università di Roma La Sapienza workshop, funded by The British Academy.

* Jason Moralee (Massachussetts Amherst), ‘Love, Hatred, and Madness: The Emotional Lives of the Capitolium’ (a joint lecture for the Centre for Late antique Studies and the Centre for Landscape Studies)
Week 6 – 05/03 (Tuesday), 5pm – School of Classics, S11

Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner (Tübingen), ‘Quoddam sacerdotium: the Mysteries of the State and the Self-perceptions of the late Roman bureaucratic elite’ (annual lecture of the Centre for Late Antique Studies)
Week 8 – 03/04 (Wednesday), 2pm – Arts seminar room 7

* Bryan Ward-Perkins (Oxford), ‘Archaeology and the end of Antiquity’ (The Student Archaeological Society of St Andrews)
Week 8 – 05/04 (Friday), 5pm – School V

* Tim Greenwood (History), ‘Armenia and Iran in Late Antiquity: New Perspectives’ (a seminar of the St Andrews Institute of Medieval Studies)
Week 9 – 08/04 (Monday), 1pm – Parliament Hall, South Street

* Jan Willem Drijvers (Groningen), ‘The forgotten emperor Jovian (363-364) between history and legend’
Week 9 – 09/04 (Tuesday), 5pm – School of Classics, S11

* Julia Hillner (Sheffield), ‘Helena Augusta: Writing a Life Forward’
Week 10 – 19/04 (Friday) 4pm – School of Classics, S11

* Bruce Frier (Michigan), ‘What held Roman law together?’ (Joint meeting of the Institute for Legal and Constitutional Research, University of St Andrews and the Edinburgh Roman Law Group.)
10 May (Friday) – Old Class Library, 71 South Street

* St Andrews/Tübingen Workshop: The First Millenium AD
A two-day interdisciplinary workshop for graduate students and early career researchers sponsored by St Leonard’s College, St Andrews.
Thursday 23-Friday 24 May 2019

Venue: Lecture room 2, The Gateway, North Haugh


Thursday, 23 May

09.00 – Arrival and welcome

09.15-10.45 – Panel 1 (Chair: Jason König)

* Georgios Mouratidis (St Andrews): Grants of citizenship and boule-membership to successful performers during the Empire

* Theresia Raum (Tübingen): There and back again: Herakleios and the Survival of the Eastern Roman Empire, 610-630

* Carolyn La Rocco (St Andrews): Some material evidence for inter-religious interaction on the late antique Iberian Peninsula

10.45-11.15 – Coffee break

11.15-13.15 – Panel 2 (Chair: Tim Greenwood)

* Gabriel Gabbardo (St Andrews): Pigs and Nuns – A Julianic Anti-Christian persecution?

* Maurits De Leeuw (Tübingen): Beyond the bold bishop and the angry empress: Opposition against John Chrysostom

* Federico Montinaro (Tübingen): Abbasid Syria in the Acts of the Council of Constantinople of 869/870

* Ian D. Morris (St Andrews): A pillow of figs: Late Antique ‘sleeper’ legends in Early Muslim exegesis

13.15-14.30 – Lunch

14.30-15.00 – Research at Tübingen

15.00-16.30 – Panel 3 (Chair: Roger Rees)

* Dennis Jussen (Radbout/St Andrews): The Collection and its Collective: Pliny, Pacatus, and the Panegyrici Latini

* Andreas Abele (Tübingen): Reading the ‚Dullest Epistles in the Latin Language’ by the Book. A Narratological Approach to the Letters of Symmachus

* Maria Merino (St Andrews): Riddles and Praise: A Poetic Epistle to Charlemagne

16.30-17.00: Coffee break

17.00-18.30: Plenary lecture

Prof. Mischa Meier (Tübingen): The Roman Context of Early Islam


Friday, 24 May

09.00-11.00 – Panel 4 (Chair: TJ Lang)

* Francis Rouvinez (St Andrews): The Gospel of Mark in the Context of Ancient Biography

* Martina Vercesi (St Andrews): Quale regnum exinde iustorum! Qualis civitas nova Hierusalem!: Revelation 19 – 21 in the exegesis of the Christian communities of Roman Africa from the II to the V century.

* David De Marco (Tübingen): Augustine’s presentation of Porphyry in De ciuitate Dei 10

* Hiu Ki Chan (St Andrews): Aldhelm of Malmesbury’s Theology of Virginity in De Virginitate

11.00-11.30 – Coffee Break

11.30-13.00 – Panel 5 (Chair: Rebecca Sweetman)

* Marzia Fiorentini (St Andrews/Sapienza): Liberalitas in the 4th century: a rhetorical analysis

* Sarah Bühler (Tübingen): Ordo renascens: Coping strategies of the imperial élites in Italy, 395-493 CE

* Caroline Belanger (Tübingen/St Andrews): The Right to Roman Hegemony: Virtue and Empire in Avienus’ Descriptio

 13.00-14.30 – Lunch

14.30-15.00: Research at St Andrews

15.00-16.30 – Panel 6 (Chair: Caroline Humfress)

* Paolo Tedesco (Tübingen): The Political Economy of the Late Roman Empire: An Essay in Speculation

* Cameron Houston (St Andrews): The Politics of Ethnic and Spatial Discourses Concerning Late- and Post-Carolingian Lotharingia

* Luise Nöllemeyer (Tübingen): Provence Around 900: Modern and Medieval Narratives

16.30-17.00 – Coffee Break

17.00-18.30 – Plenary Lecture

Prof. Jill Harries (St Andrews): Pliny’s Private State


This interdisciplinary workshop is generously sponsored by St Leonard’s Doctoral and Postgraduate College, St Andrews, with the support of the School of Classics, the School of History, and the University of Tübingen.


Semester 1

* Week 1 – Wednesday 19 September – 2.05pm School I, St Salvator’s

Michael Hanaghan (Cork) ‘Praise, Blame, and Roman Emperors: A Visual Study of Constantius II in Epideictic Literature’

* Week 2 – Wednesday 26 September – 2.05pm Arts 7, The Scores

Lenia Kouneni (St Andrews) ‘From spiritual visions to archaeological digs: David Russell and The Walker Trust excavations of the Great Palace in Constantinople’

* Friday 12 October – 4.10pm Swallowgate 11

Gianfranco Agosti (La Sapienza) ‘The Dark Side of the Nile. Greek and Coptic Paideia in Late Antiquity’


Past events:


Semester 2

Week 2 – 09/02 (Friday), 4pm – School of Classics, S11
Richard Marshall (Glasgow): ‘Themistius reads Suetonius’

Week 3 – 14/02 (Wednesday), 2pm – School of Classics, S11
Rebecca Usherwood (St Andrews): ‘Becoming an Emeritus Emperor: definition, communication, and confusion’

Week 4 – 21/02 (Wednesday), 11.15am – St Mary’s College Hall
Brendan Wolfe (St Andrews): ‘What does the study of the Goths contribute to theology?’

Week 4 – 21/02 (Wednesday), 2pm – School of Classics, S11
Silvia Orlandi (Rome): ‘Speeches on stone: a roadmap towards Late Antiquity through epigraphy’ – Annual lecture of the Centre for Late Antique Studies

Week 5 – 28/02 (Wednesday), 11.15am – St Mary’s College Hall
Gabrielle Thomas (Durham): “‘Vulnerable, Yet Divine’: Retrieving Gregory Nazianzen’s Account of the Imago Dei”

 Week 6 – 07/03 (Wednesday), 11.15am – St Mary’s College Hall
Crystal Addey (Glasgow/St Andrews): ‘Oracles of Fire: The Formation and Reception of the Chaldean Oracles’

Week 6 – 07/03 (Wednesday), 2pm – School of Classics, S11
Silke Diederich (Cologne): ‘A Commentary on the Tabula Peutingeriana


Semester 1

Week 1 – 18/09/2017, 5:15pm – Old Class Library, St John’s House
Alex Woolf (St Andrews): ‘Ethnicity and Ethnic Replacement in the Early Insular World’

Week 2 – 29/09/2017, 4:05pm – Room S11, School of Classics
Kim Czajkowski (Edinburgh): ‘Law and Administration at the Edges of the Empire: the Case of Dura Europus’

Week 4 – 09/10/2017, 5:15pm – Old Class Library, St John’s House
Janneke Raaijmakers (Utrecht): ‘Material for thought: relic veneration in the earlier Middle Ages. Devotion, reflection and doubt’

Week 8 – 06/11/2017, 5:15pm – Old Class Library, St John’s House
Janet Coleman: ‘Reflections on the Self Itself: in Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and what happened next?’


Semester 1

Week 6, 17th October, 5:15pm:
Middle Persian court records from Tabarestãn: Recent Evidence on Legal Proceedings in Eighth-Century Iran. 
Professor Maria Macuch (Freie Universität, Berlin)
Old class library, St John’s House, South Street.
Organised jointly by Institute for Medieval Studies and Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research.

Week 6, 18th October, 2pm:
Legal Constructions of Consanguinity: Succession in Sasanian Iran
Professor Maria Macuch (Freie Universität, Berlin)
New Seminar Room, St John’s House, South Street.

Week 7, 28th October, 4pm:
The Byzantium that could have been? Learning and the Transmission of Classical Texts in the Ninth Century. 
Professor Niels Gaul (Edinburgh)
School II, St Salvator’s Quad

Week 9, 11 November, 4pm:
The lives of the Justinian Code from Constantinople to Cambridge
Dr Simon Corcoran (Newcastle)
School II, St Salvator’s Quad

Week 10, 18 November, 4pm:
Landscape approaches and settlement archaeology in post-Roman central Greece
Dr Athanasios Vionis (Cyprus)
School II, St Salvator’s Quad
Annual Lecture for the Centre for Landscape Studies

Semester 2

Week 1, 27th January, 4:05 pm:
Christianization and the Dynamics of Patronage in Late Antiquity – From Conflicts to Everyday Nuisances?
Maijastina Kahlos (Helsinki)
School I, St. Salvator’s Quad

Week 2, 30th January, 5:15pm:
Infamy and Exclusion in Late Antiquity (Roman and Early Canon Law)
Lorena Atzeri (Università degli Studi di Milano)
Old Class Library, St Johns House, South Street
(Organized by the Institute of Medieval Studies and the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research)

Week 4, 13 February, 5:15pm:
Xenodochia and Public Health in Merovingian Francia
Prof. Peregrine Hordern (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Old Class Library, St Johns House, South Street

Week 10, 14th April, 4:05pm:
Elite Contestations and the Crisis of 455
Professor Michele Salzman (University of California, Riverside)
School I, ST. Salvator’s Quad
Annual Lecture of the Centre for Late Antique Studies

Week 11, 21st April, 4:05pm:
Landscapes of the Roman Poor
Kim Bowes (University of Pennsylvania/American Academy in Rome)
School I, St. Salvator’s Quad




Seminars and lectures

Conferences and calls for papers

Late Antique Reading Group

All are welcome at a new reading group for primary and secondary sources on Late Antiquity, hosted by the School of Divinity, meeting at 4pm on Tuesdays at the Byre, beginning on the 13th of October with discussion of S. Elm’s ‘Sons of Hellenism’, available as an e-book through the Library.