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Late Ancient Studies Reading Group (LASRG)

EAC-CLAS sponsors several activities, including a reading group in which faculty and graduate students convene to discuss recent publications 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.

LASRG generally meets on the 1st Thursday of the month, during the academic year. More information about the readings and location will be sent through the group’s mailing list. If you would like to join the group’s mailing list, attend, or suggest readings, please contact the graduate coordinator.

To download the readings for LASRG, see the “LASRG Readings” page (click here).  This site is password protected to ensure our compliance with copyright regulations.  The password has been distributed to members of LASRG; should you have missed the message, please contact the graduate coordinator.

Tentative Meeting Schedule for 2020-2021 Academic Year

Fall 2020
Date Time Reading
Thursday, September 3 8pm Christoph Markschies, God’s Body: Jewish, Christian, and Pagan Images of God, trans. Alexander Johannes Edmonds (Baylor University Press, 2019).
Thursday, October 1 8pm Maia Kotrosits, The Lives of Objects: Material Cultural, Experience, and the Real in the History of Early Christianity. (University of Chicago Press, 2020).
Thursday, November 5 8pm Jeffrey Wickes, Bible and Poetry in Late Antique Mesopotamia: Ephrem’s Hymns on Faith (University of California Press, 2019).
Thursday, December 3 8pm Iain Gardener, The Founder of Manichaeism: Rethinking the Life of Mani (Cambridge University Press, 2020).


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