October 28 – Warren Pezé **please note exceptional meeting place**

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce its next meeting, cosponsored by the Medieval Studies workshop.

Warren Pezé (Paris-I) will present “Marginalia, Corrections and Rewritings as a Source for the Social History of Early Medieval Heresy”.

Please join us on Tuesday, October 28, at 4:30PM at the Franke Institute located in the Joseph Regenstein Library. Refreshments will be served.

Persons in need of assistance, please contact Jason Osequeda (Jasonosequeda@uchicago.edu).

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October 7 – Ralph Mathisen **please note exceptional meeting place and time**

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium wishes to invite you to its first workshop of the year.

Ralph Mathisen, Professor of History, Classics, and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), will present “Being ‘Roman’ in Late Antiquity”.

Please join us on Tuesday, October 7, at 6:00pm in the John Hope Franklin Room, Social Science Research Building 224. SSRB is located at 1126 E. 59th Street. Refreshments will be served.

Please note the exceptional meeting place and time.

Persons in need of assistance, please contact Jason Osequeda (jasonosequeda@uchicago.edu).

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June 3 – Tasha Vorderstrasse and Kate Franklin

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium wishes to invite you to its last workshop of the year.

Tasha Vorderstrasse, Research Associate at the Oriental Institute, and Kate Franklin, PhD candidate in Anthropology, will present
“A Village in Context: The Kasakh Valley in the Late Medieval Period, and Investigations at Hin Bazarjugh.”

Please join us on Tuesday, 3 June at 4:30pm in Cochrane-Woods Art Center, Room 156. CWAC is located just north of Regenstein Library at 5540 S. Greenwood Ave. Light refreshments will be served.

Persons in need of assistance
, please contact Jeremy Thompson (jcthompson@uchicago.edu).
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May 20 – Nathan Leidholm

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce its next meeting.

Nathan Leidholm, PhD candidate in History, will present “At the Intersection of Philosophy, Physiology, and the Law: Toward a Definition of the Byzantine Genos and the Limits of ‘Natural Kinship’ (ca. 900-1261).”

Please join us on Tuesday, May 20, at 4:30pm in Cochrane-Woods Art Center, room 156. CWAC is located just north of Regenstein Library at 5540 S. Greenwood Ave. Refreshments will be served.

Persons in need of assistance, please contact Jeremy Thompson (jcthompson@uchicago.edu).

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May 13 – Deborah Deliyannis

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce its next meeting.

Deborah Deliyannis, Associate Professor of History at Indiana University (Bloomington), will present Ambrose of Milan and Church-Building: Rhetoric and Reality.”

Please join us on Tuesday, May 13, at 4:30pm in Cochrane-Woods Art Center, room 156. CWAC is located just north of Regenstein Library at 5540 S. Greenwood Ave. Refreshments will be served.

Persons in need of assistance, please contact Jeremy Thompson (jcthompson@uchicago.edu).

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May 2 – David Ganz **please note exceptional date/time**

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce its next meeting.

David Ganz, Visiting Professor of Palaeography at the University of Notre Dame, will present “Charlemagne in the Margins: The St. Amand Glossed Virgil.”

Please join us on Friday, 2 May, at noon in Cochrane-Woods Art Center, room 156. CWAC is located just north of Regenstein Library at 5540 S. Greenwood Ave. This talk is co-sponsored by the Medieval Studies Workshop and the Rhetoric and Poetics Workshop. Refreshments will be served.

Persons in need of assistance, please contact Jeremy Thompson (jcthompson@uchicago.edu).

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Apr. 22 – David Orsbon

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce its next meeting.

David Orsbon, PhD student in Comparative Literature, will present “A Twelfth-Century Byzantine Interpretation of Heliodoros’ Aithiopika: A Systematic Study of Philip the Philosopher’s Essay on the ‘Modest Charikleia’. Please find an abstract below.

Join us on Tuesday, 22 April at 4:30pm in Cochrane-Woods Art Center, Room 156. CWAC is located just north of Regenstein Library at 5540 S. Greenwood Ave.

Persons in need of assistance, please contact Jeremy Thompson (jcthompson@uchicago.edu).

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Almost entirely neglected by contemporary literary scholarship, Philip Philagathos’ twelfth-century allegorical interpretation, which models itself after the Platonic dialogues, of Heliodoros’ third-century, Greek novel, the Aithiopika, can lay a credible claim to be the earliest surviving critical essay dedicated to the explication of a work of prose fiction in its entirety. The present essay aims to fill in this lacuna by providing the first comprehensive study of Philip’s Interpretation, complemented by a new translation of the text. But in addition to offering a more or less complete account of Philip’s Interpretation, this essay will also consider the larger implications of Philip’s Interpretation for contemporary scholarship. In the first place, Philip’s understudied Interpretation promises to augment our understanding of the reception and interpretation of Heliodoros’ novel. Moreover, Philip’s Interpretation showcases the interpretive possibilities of neo-Platonic allegoresis, which, Philip implies, possesses the remarkable power to unlock an entirely new, philosophical register of the Aithiopika in which this novel becomes immediately relevant to any reader who believes in and has concern for the final destination of her or his soul. Finally, and of particular interest to contemporary scholars of literary criticism, Philip’s Interpretation offers a substantive and suggestive response to an enduring question among literary theorists and critics: what relationship, if any, should there be between the text under investigation and the interpretive methodology that one applies to it?

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Apr. 7 – Aaron Hollander

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce its first meeting of the spring quarter.

Aaron Hollander, PhD student in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, will present “A Heart Like Bright Water: Contemplating and Cultivating Holiness with the Theological Metaphor of Evagrius Ponticus.”

This event is co-sponsored with the Theology Workshop. Please join us on Monday, 7 April at 12:00pm in Swift Hall, room 200. Please note the exceptional time and location of this meeting.

Persons in need of assistance, please contact Jeremy Thompson (jcthompson@uchicago.edu).

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Mar. 11 – Mohamad Ballan

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce its next meeting.

Mohamad Ballan, PhD student in History will present “Nec amici nec hostesMavia’s Revolt (ca. 378), Saracen foederati, and the Roman-Byzantine East in the Fourth Century A.D.”

Please join us on Tuesday, 11 March at 4:30pm in Cochrane-Woods Art Center, Room 152. CWAC is located just north of Regenstein Library at 5540 S. Greenwood Ave.

Persons in need of assistance, please contact Jeremy Thompson (jcthompson@uchicago.edu).

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Feb. 18 – Jason Osequeda

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce its next meeting.

Jason Osequeda, PhD student in History at the University of Chicago, will present “Hope for the Kingdom of Heaven: Sixtus III and Pelagius.”

This event is co-sponsored with the Ancient Societies Workshop. Please join us on Tuesday, 18 February at 3:30pm in Classics, room 21. Please note the exceptional time and location of this meeting.

Persons in need of assistance, please contact Jeremy Thompson (jcthompson@uchicago.edu).

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