Welcome to the Center for Late Ancient Studies (CLAS)!
CLAS seeks to promote the interdisciplinary study of the culture of the Roman Empire, its neighbors and successors, from the second to the eighth century C.E. The Center was formally established in 2000, as a successor to the Late Ancient Studies Forum. The Forum, created in 1986, has gained international recognition through its sponsorship of a distinguished annual lecture series. Taking up the heritage of the Forum, the Center for Late Ancient Studies acts as an intellectual focus for the graduate students and faculty from different departments with shared historical commitment. In addition to the annual lecture series, the Center is active in creating and maintaining reading and discussion groups as well as in arranging conferences. Closely collaborating with colleagues from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Center also aims at establishing substantive inter-institutional links with neighboring universities.
On this site, you will find information on CLAS events and activities, including our lecture series, the Late Ancient Studies Reading Group (LASRG), and our annual Symposium.
To contact us, send e-mail to the director Maria Doerfler Ph.D. or direct your inquiries to:
The Center for Late Ancient Studies
Department of Religion
118 Gray Building, Box 90964
Durham, NC 27708