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Patristic Seminar overview

Patristic Seminar

The Senior Patristics 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.

 In Michaelmas 2017 the seminar will take the form of a reading group. Sessions will be held at 4pm in the Lightfoot Room in the Divinity Faculty on October 16th, October 30th, and November 13th. For each session we will read two extracts from Patristic commentaries and treatises on the psalms, focusing on Psalm 1 as the ‘gateway’ and hermeneutic key to the Psalter, and also as a text with some intriguing ambiguities of its own. All who have interests in Patristic commentary, biblical exegesis, the history of reading and reception of Psalms and so on, are welcome to attend these sessions. We will be reading the texts in translation, but the Greek and Latin texts can also be consulted. Scanned copies of the translations and original texts to be discussed can be obtained on request from Dr Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe.

 In Lent and Easter 2018 the seminar will host papers from both invited visitors and Cambridge scholars on topics in the area of Patristic Studies broadly defined, including all aspects of the social, cultural and intellectual history of Christianity in antiquity: expressions of its life and practice as well as the exegetical, theological and philosophical discussions and literary production of the time.


Easter  2018


May 7: ‘Marius Victorinus’ “theological treatises” as philosophical commentary’ ~ Professor Josef Lössl (Cardiff University) - 3.30pm -  5.00pm, ROOM 7


May 21: ‘How to praise a Christian emperor: the panegyrical experiments of Eusebius of Caesarea’ ~ Dr James Corke-Webster (King’s College London)


June 4: Maleficus Christianus: magic and anti-magic in Jerome’s Life of Hilarion’ ~ Dr Christa Gray (Reading University)