Important Note: There have been problems with the university website and we have not been able to confirm the location of several events that are not included in the OCLA booklet. We have used the usual venues of the seminars but please, double check before you show up for any of the following lectures.

MONDAY 5th November

15.30   OUBS Research Trip to Greece 1st Planning Session

History Faculty, Colin Matthew Room


17:00   The Crucible of Empire: The Sasanian World and its Religious Minorities

Wolfson College, Linton Road

Touraj Daryaee (University of California at Irvine)

Sometimes the Empire Strikes Back: The Sasanian Empire and its Religious Communities 


17.00   Medieval History Seminar

All Souls College, Wharton Room

Tom Licence (UEA)

Edward the Confessor’s Diplomas 

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TUESDAY 6th November

14:15   Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Clarendon Institute, Walton Street

Professor Galit Hasan-Rokem (Hebrew University)

Alexandria in the literary memory of the rabbis


15.30   Medieval Book Club

Various Speakers

Apocalypse as Heresy – Cathars, Joachites, & Hussites


17.00   Medieval Church and Culture Seminar: Power and Authority

Harris Manchester College, Mansfield Rd, Charles Wellbeloved Room

Christophe Masson (ERC-Project Music and Late Medieval European Court Cultures)

Cardinals’ palaces in Schismatic Avignon (1378-1403). When buildings are weapons

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WEDNESDAY 7th November

13.00   The Roman Discussion Forum

Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Lecture Room

Annalisa Marzano, University of Reading

Grafting glory: the ideology and economy of Roman arboriculture


15.00   Arabic Epigraphy and Palaeography Reading Group

The Khalili Research Centre, 3 St John Street, lecture room (basement)

Dr Umberto Bongianino

Al-Andalus and the Maghrib, part I


17.00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Professor Marc Lauxtermann

Story-telling east and west

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THURSDAY 8th November

11.00   Byzantine Art and Archaeology – a French perspective

Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, Basement Room 42

Vera Tchentsova

The later life of byzantine prophecies: the Klontsas manuscript in 17th century Russia


16.00   Antinous: boy made god

Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’

Marco Galli (Rome, La Sapienza) and Georgios Spyropoulos (Ephorate of Corinth)

Hadrian’s Legacy and the Villa of Herodes Atticus at Loukou


17.00   Late Roman Seminar

Corpus Christi College, Seminar Room

Claire Hall (Oxford)

Moses as prophet-sage in Philo and Origen


17.15   Khalili Centre Research Seminar

Wolfson College, Linton Road

Ayda Kaplan

Syriac Calligraphy: Introducing a Neglected Field of Study

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FRIDAY 9th November

10.00-11.30     Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Center, 66 St Giles

Professor Lauxtermann


12.00-13.00     Byzantine Literature

Ioannou Center, 66 St Giles

Professor Lauxtermann


17.00    The Cult of Saints in the First Millennium 

Danson Room, Trinity College

Christodoulos Papavarnavas (Vienna and Oxford)

Prison Space and Holiness in Martyr Narratives: A Literary Approach to Greek Passions

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