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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Feb. 4 – Jessica Mutter

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

Jessica Mutter, doctoral candidate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, will present “Conversion to Islam in Late Antique Syria: Sources and Approaches.”

Please join us on Tuesday, 4 February 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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Jan. 30 – Walter Kaegi

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium would like to invite you to a special presentation, held in co-sponsorship with the Lumen Christi Institute.

Walter Kaegi, professor of History, will present “North Africa’s Transition from Christianity to Islam: Some Reconsiderations.”

Join us on Thursday, 30 January 2014, at  4:30pm in the third-floor lecture room of Swift Hall. Please note the exceptional time and location. Further details can be found at: 

http://www.lumenchristi.org/ai1ec_event/north-africa/?instance_id=375

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

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Jan. 7 – Ryan Fowler

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium wishes to invite you to its first presentation of the winter quarter.

Ryan Fowler, Curricular Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies (Washington, DC), will present “How and Why to Read Plato: Lessons from Some Late Antique Handbooks.”


Please join us on Tuesday, 7 January at 4:30pm in the 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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Dec. 10 – Michael I. Allen

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

Michael I. Allen, associate professor in Classics at the University of Chicago, will present “Boethius, De consolatione III, and Einhard’s last years: a rediscovered ninth-century manuscript at Seligenstadt with Latin and Old High German glosses.”

Please join us on Tuesday, 10 December 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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Nov. 12 – Brad Bowman

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

Brad Bowman, doctoral candidate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, will present “‘Those Pious Men of the Cells’: The Case for Confessional Flexibility and An Appreciation of Asceticism.

Please join us on Tuesday, 12 November 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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Oct. 29 – Elijah Mueller

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

Elijah Mueller, doctoral candidate in Theology at Marquette University, will present “The Impact of Temple Typology on Image Theology in John Damascene’s 3rd Treatise of On the Divine Images.

Please join us on Tuesday, 29 October at 4:30pm in the Cochrane-Woods Art Center, Room 152. CWAC is located just north ofRegenstein Library at 5540 S. Greenwood Ave.

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

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