Fall Semester of 2018

September 25 – Mira Beth Wasserman, Jews, Gentiles, and Other Animals: The Talmud After the Humanities (Penn, 2017).


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The Center for Late Ancient Studies sponsors several activities, including a reading group in which faculty and graduate students convene to discuss recent releases in the world of late ancient scholarship.  Participants come from a variety of backgrounds, including classics, ancient and medieval history, art & archaeology, Judaic studies, Islam, Early Christianity, and others.

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Past Readings

Spring 2018


  • September 15 – Andrew S. Jacobs’ Epiphanius of Cyprus: A Cultural Biography of Late Antiquity (University of California Press, 2016).
  • October 26 – Kyle Smith’s Constantine and the Captive Christians of Persia (University of California Press, 2016).
  • December 6 – Julia Hillner’s Prison, Punishment and Penance in Late Antiquity (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
  • January 25 – Todd S. Berzon’s Classifying Christians: Ethnography, Heresiology, and the Limits of Knowledge in Late Antiquity (University of California Press, 2016).
  • February 20 – Heidi Wendt’s At the Temple Gates: The Religion of Freelance Experts in the Roman Empire (Oxford Press, 2016).
  • March 21 – Rachel Neis’s The Sense of Sight in Rabbinic Culture: Jewish Ways of Seeing in Late Antiquity (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
  • September 14th – Richard L. Kalmin’s Migrating Tales: The Talmud’s Narratives and their Historical Context  (University of California Press, 2014)
  • October 12th – Essays from Religious Competition in the Greco-Roman World edited by Nathaniel P. DesRosiers and Lily C. Vuong (SBL Press, 2016).
  • November 28th – Noel Lenski’s Constantine and the Cities: Imperial Authority and Civic Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)


  • September 24 – Essays from the recent collection edited by Catherine M. Chin and Moulie Vidas Late Ancient Knowing: Explorations in Intellectual History (University of California Press, 2015).
  • October 26 –  Select chapters from Michael Philip Penn’s Envisioning Islam: Syriac Christians and the Early Muslim World (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).
  • November 12 – Select chapters from Dayna Kalleres’ City of Demons: Violence, Ritual, and Christian Power in Late Antiquity (University of California Press, 2015).
  • January 20 – Select chapters from Chris L. de Wet’s Preaching Bondage: John Chrysostom and the Discourse of Slavery in Early Christianity (University of California Press, 2015).
  • February 22 – Select chapters from Scott Fitzgerald Johnson’s Literary Territories: Cartographical Thinking in Late Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • March 30 – Select chapters from Heidi Marx-Wolf’s new work Spiritual Taxonomies and Ritual Authority: Plutonists, Priests, and Gnostics in Third Century CE (University of Penn Press, 2016).
  • April 13 – Essays from a collection edited by C. Laes, K. Mustakallio and V. Vuolanto Children and Family in Late Antiquity: Life, Death, and Interaction (Peeters, 2015).

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