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Patristic Seminar overview

Patristic Seminar

The Patristic Research Seminar meets on selected Mondays in the Lightfoot Room in the Divinity Faculty at 4pm, unless otherwise indicated below. The seminar is the main gathering for graduate students, scholars and visiting scholars in the University interested in the field of ancient Christianity, and shares a common interest with the Cambridge Late Antiquity Network Seminars (CLANS), which engage with the late antique and early medieval periods from a range of disciplines and interdisciplinary perspectives (including Classics, History, Theology and Religious Studies). It is chaired by Dr Thomas Graumann and Dr Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe.


 Lent Term Programme 2019

One-day colloquium

11 February 2019, 09:45 - 15:00

Thirkill Room, Old Court, Clare College, Cambridge


'Councils in perspective – a colloquium on current projects and new

methodologies in the research of late-antique Christian synods’

Speakers include:

Marek Jankowiak (University of Oxford)
Richard Price  (Heythrop College, University of London)
Rosamond McKitterick (University of Cambridge)
Thomas Graumann (University of Cambridge)
Mark Smith (University of Cambridge)
Philip Wood (Aga Khan University)


This colloquium will provide an informal and friendly platform for scholars and students interested in late-antique, early medieval and Byzantine councils to exchange ideas freely about synodical procedure and decision-making, the redaction of proceedings and historiographies, norms and legislations related to synods and councils.

All are welcome to attend the whole day or only parts of it, but since places are limited, and to help with catering arrangements for refreshments and a light lunch, we ask that you register in advance by emailing Luise Marion Frenkel


9.45 - 10.00


10.00 - 12.30

Conciliar procedure and manuscripts

Richard Price (Heythrop College, University of London)
Conciliar Acts: What and Why

Marek Jankowiak (University of Oxford)
He urged them not to be stubborn or angry (LP 81.4)
The Acts of Constantinople III and the supposed report of the Roman legates in the 'Liber Pontificalis'

Rosamond McKitterick (University of Cambridge)
Early medieval manuscripts of canon law and papal decretals: implications and further questions

12.30 - 13.30  Break 

13.30 - 15.00 E3, Old Court, Clare College Cambridge

Conciliar proceedings in the Roman Empire and beyond

Discussion panel with contributions by

Mark Smith (University of Cambridge) and
Luise Marion Frenkel (Universidade de São Paulo/University of Cambridge )
The texts of the faith of Nicaea in the fifth century

Philip Wood (Aga Khan University)
Synods in the Jacobite church in the early Abbasid period

Thomas Graumann (University of Cambridge)
Councils and their paperwork - open questions


Jointly organised by the Byzantine Worlds Network and the Senior Patristics Seminar (Faculty of Divinity)


Part of Byzantine Worlds Research Network Series


‘Jointly organised by the Byzantine Worlds Network (CRASSH) and the Senior Patristics Seminar’