Religious Identity in the Roman Near East

Rubina Raja has recently begun a research project here in Aarhus on “Religious identity, ritual practice and sacred architecture in the late Hellenistic and Roman Near East, 100 BC – AD 400: Sanctuaries between culture, religion and society”, generously funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The project has recently launched its website. Future events include […]

Constructions of Memory

Here’s the programme for a really cool seminar in March that I’ll take part in: “Erindringskonstruktioner – Erindring og glemsel i overgangsperioder” (“Constructions of Memory – Memory and Forgetting in Periods of Transformation”), hosted by the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for the Study of the Cultural Heritage of Medieval Rituals at the University of […]

Sacred Trees, Christianization, and the Roman Countryside

In the small Mexican village of Tule, some 10 km east of Oaxaca, stands a cyprus (Arbol del Tule) that is claimed by the locals to be the largest tree in the world. While that claim to fame can be contested, the tree is enormously impressive, not least because of the way it has been […]

Late Antiquity Summer School in Aarhus

The Department of Classical Archaeology at the University of Aarhus is organizing an international summer school in 2008 on the topic of “Constantine the Great and the Making of Late Antiquity” (website still under construction). It will be held between 25 and 30 August. The week-long summer school in English will be taught by a […]

A couple of Danish publications…

A couple of new bits and pieces from me. So, if you read (or want to improve your) Danish, you may be interested in these three, short articles by me, all to be published during the month of December. “Billedstrid i det senantikke Ægypten” (roughly translates as “Controversies over Images in Late Antique Egypt”), SFINX, […]

Constantine and a ‘Vandalized’ Venus in Trier

Porta Nigra, Trier. Photo: TMK, October 2007. I was in Trier a couple of weeks ago to see the Constantine the Great exhibition, which is one of the main events that make up the European Capital of Culture 2007. The exhibition spreads out across three different venues and presents some very interesting objects from museums […]

A Fragmented Field?

Interesting observations on the state of ‘late antique studies’ from Raymond Van Dam in a review of Stephen Mitchell’s recent History of the Later Roman Empire: Late antique studies is now transitioning into its middle age. This field was begotten between the late 1950s and the early 1970s with the publication of H.-I. Marrou’s revised […]