Lecture (in person): 2023 Zernov Lecture: Mary B. Cunningham: Mary, the Mother of God, as Ascetic Virgin in Byzantine and Orthodox Tradition


Lecture (in person): 2023 Zernov Lecture: Mary B. Cunningham: Mary, the Mother of God, as Ascetic Virgin in Byzantine and Orthodox Tradition, Maison française d’Oxford, Oxford, UK, 18th May, 2023, 1700. All welcome! For further information, please click here. NB: Information about the University of Oxford Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar may also be found on this site!

Introductory remarks by Rebecca White, The House of St Gregory & St Macrina & Regent’s Park College, Oxford
‘Nicolas Zernov (1898-1980). From Paris to Oxford: a Journey for Unity’

Mary B. Cunningham, Honorary Associate Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Nottingham
‘Mary, the Mother of God, as Ascetic Virgin in Byzantine and Orthodox Tradition’

Mary B. Cunningham is an Honorary Associate Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Nottingham. She is the recent author of The Virgin Mary in Byzantium, c.400-1000: hymns, homilies and hagiography, Cambridge, CUP, 2022. Mary is a specialist of Byzantine preaching, homiletics and rhetorical techniques and has contributed many articles on the subject. In 1998, she co-edited the first volume of the Brill series “A New History of the Sermon” with P. Allen (Preacher and audience: studies in early Christian and Byzantine homelitics, Leiden, Brill). With E. Theokritoff, she published The Cambridge Companion to Orthodox Christian Theology, Cambridge, CUP, in 2008. Her current research topics include a translation and a commentary of Epiphanios of Kallistratos’s Life of the Virgin Mary (early 9th century) to appear in the series Translated Texts for Byzantinists (Liverpool University Press) in June 2023.

The lecture will be followed by a cheese and wine reception. All welcome.


Author: Dr. Bernard Mulholland

Dr. Bernard Mulholland is a Byzantinist, archaeologist, historian and Patristics scholar with a Ph.D. in history (QUB, 2012). Bernard's publications include: Fiction: Bernard Mulholland, Nazareth Quest (2022). https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=NfWkEAAAQBAJ&pli=1 https://books.apple.com/us/book/id6445327630 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0B92V9VYF Non-fiction: Bernard Mulholland, The man from MENSA - 1 of 600: Mensa research (2016). https://books.apple.com/us/book/id6445329346 https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=gfWkEAAAQBAJ https://www.amazon.com/dp/1535307269 ---, The man from MENSA - 1 of the 600: Politics 1990-1995 (2016). https://books.apple.com/us/book/id6445329553 https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=j_WkEAAAQBAJ https://www.amazon.com/dp/1535324376 ---, Ratio analysis of financial KPI in the Higher Education sector: a case study (2018). https://books.apple.com/us/book/id6445320705 https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=YfWkEAAAQBAJ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09MB99NWP ---, Early Byzantine Ireland: a survey of the archaeological evidence (2021). https://books.apple.com/us/book/id6445354716 https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=ChilEAAAQBAJ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09MG1YZ8W ---, Navan Fort, Ireland: archaeological and palaeoecological analysis (2021). https://books.apple.com/us/book/id6445397300 https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=PhilEAAAQBAJ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09MYXX9GM ---, The Early Byzantine Christian Church (Oxford, 2014). https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-early-byzantine-christian-church/id1023114473 ---, 'Identification of Early Byzantine Constantinopolitan, Syrian, and Roman church plans in the Levant and some possible consequences', Patristic Studies in the twenty-first century: proceedings of an international conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies, ed. Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Theodore de Bruyn and Carol Harrison (Turnhout, 2015), 597-633. https://www.brepolsonline.net/doi/10.1484/J.BAIEP.5.107536 Mulholland, B. (2021). 'Can archaeology inform the climate change debate?' Academia Letters, Article4385. https://doi.org/10.20935/AL4385

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