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Religions of Late Antiquity Seminar










Lent Term 2020



The Religions of Late Antiquity Seminar (formerly the Patristics Seminar) meets on selected Mondays in the Lightfoot Room in the Divinity Faculty at 2pm. The seminar gathers graduate students, scholars and visiting scholars in the University interested in religions of late antiquity (Christianity, Judaism, cults of the Greco-Roman and near eastern worlds) and their interactions. It 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.


The first two sessions of Lent 2020 will continue as a reading group, picking up Ambrose’s commentary on Psalm 1 from paragraph 13 (Ambrose, Explanatio Psalmorum XII, ed. M. Petschenig and rev. M. Zelzer, CSEL 64 (2nd ed., 1999); trans. Íde M. Ní Riain, Commentary of Saint Ambrose on Twelve Psalms (Dublin, 2000)). Texts and translations are available on request from Dr Lunn-Rockliffe. The second two sessions of the term will host two speakers as detailed below. All colleagues, MPhil and PhD students in RoLA or other areas (such as Classics, History and Philosophy), from within and outside the faculty, are warmly welcome. If you need further information, please contact Dr Thomas Graumann ( or Dr Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe (



January 27th – Ambrose reading group


February 10th – Ambrose reading group


February 24th – ‘Narrating religion in the fourth-century Greek East: Synesius of Cyrene between philosophy and episcopacy’, Dr Lea Niccolai, Cambridge


March 9th– ‘Incomplete redemption: Messiah son of Joseph in rabbinic sources’,    Dr Tali Artman-Partock, Cambridge