Event Description


Workshop, May 19-20, 2023
Louis A. Simpson Building, Room A71


Friday, May 19, 2023

Session 1 (9:00 am – 11:15 am) Chair: Ida Toth, (University of Oxford)


Linda Putelli (University of Vienna), “The Management of Large Estates in Late Antique Egypt“

Philipp Scharfenberger (Free University of Berlin), “Loan Transactions in Late Antique Egypt according to the Coptic Papyri from Shmun” (Hermopolis)

Lucia Waldschütz (Princeton University), "Standing Surety in Greek, Coptic, and Arabic: From Byzantine to Early Arab Egypt"


Session 2  (11:30 am – 12:50 pm)  Chair: Conor O’Brien, (University of Oxford)

Mary Hitchman (University of Oxford), “Who Wrote Jerome's Letter 46? Contested Authorship in the Manuscript Tradition”

Jan-Malte Ziegenbein (Free University of Berlin), “The Coptic Miniature Codices from Late Antiquity: Reflections on the Production and Use of Small-size Manuscripts from Egypt”


Session 3 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)  Chair: Bernhard Palme, (University of Vienna)   

Jeremy Stitts (Princeton University), “Guided by the Light: Aurelian and Constantine’s Reformation of Imperial Rule through Solar Monolatry”

Cosimo Paravano (University of Vienna),  “Speeches as and about Political Rituals in Late Antique Antioch”

Óscar Perdomo Ceballos (Free University of Berlin), “Sermons, Poems, Exorcisms: Reshaping the Visigothic Cult of the Virgin Mary for the Mediterranean World (7th-10th centuries)”


Session 4 (4:20 pm –  6:20 pm) Chair: Stefan Esders, (Free University of Berlin

Callan Meynell (University of Oxford), “How (Not) to be a Roman in Ninth Century Byzantium: Thomas the Slav and Theophobos”

Chiara Battisti (Princeton University), “The Literary Personas of Christophoros Mitylenaios (sic): Epigrams and History”

Sandra Wabnitz (University of Vienna), “ ‘The Men Like to Play a Game of Dice and the Women Football’: The Representation of Women of the Eurasian Steppe in European and Chinese Written Sources (4th–9th c.)”


Saturday, May 20, 2023

Session 5 (9:00 am  – 11:00 am) Chair: Johannes Pahlitzsch, (University of Mainz) 

Eduard Visintini (Mainz), “Controlling the Unfree in the Merovingian Church (c. 6th-7th centuries)”

John Merrington (University of Oxford), “Penance and the Five Senses in the Early Middle Ages”

Federico Feletti (University of Padua | Free University of Berlin), “Legal Pluralism in Early Medieval Italy: the Evidence of Private Charters (ca. 800-1000)”


Session 6 (11:20 am – 12:40 pm) Chair: Claudia Rapp, (University of Vienna)

Paul Ulishney (University of Oxford), “New Evidence for Conversion to Islam in Anastasius of Sinai’s Hodegos

Lauren Onel (Princeton University), “Female Monasticism in Cilician Armenia: Gendered Boundaries and Franciscan Influence”


Session 7 (2:00 pm –  3:20 pm)  Chair: Walter Pohl, (University of Vienna)

Sibel Kayan (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz), “Divine Helpers in Death: Spiritual Care for the Dying in Middle Byzantine Textual Sources (800-1204)”

Alice Morandy (Princeton University), “Miracles: Useful Sources for Historical Analysis?”


Session 8 (3:40 pm – 5:30 pm)  Chairs: Helmut Reimitz, Teresa Shawcross, Jack Tannous (Princeton University)

Marco Büttner (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz),  “Iherusalem umbilicus est terrarium? On the Symbolic Value of the ‘Holy City’ for the Early Crusade Movement”

Lorenz Kammerer (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz), “The Uses of Byzantine History in 15th Century Crusading Ideology: Leonhard Huntpichler’s tractatus de cruce signatis et de predestinacione and its Sources”


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Event Co-Sponsor(s)
Sponsored by The Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity
Cosponsored by the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies

Event Details

May 19, 2023, 9:00 amMay 20, 2023, 5:00 pm
Events Venue
Louis A. Simpson International Building, Room A71