Summer School (hybrid): King’s College, London, UK, Ancient Languages Summer School, 2023. Intensive courses in Ancient Greek and Latin (Beginners and Intermediate), 3rd July – 11th August, 2023

Bernard Mulholland, The man from MENSA – 1 of 600: Mensa research (2016).

King’s Ancient Languages Summer School 2023

We offer two Intensive Courses in Ancient Greek and Latin. These courses are six weeks long, with the option to study either the first three week block (for absolute beginners) or the second three week block (for students at intermediate level).

You may choose to study on-campus or online.

  • Session 1: Beginners’ Ancient Greek or Beginner’s Latin: Monday 3 July to Friday 21 July 2023
  • Session 2: Intermediate Ancient Greek or Intermediate Latin: Monday 24 July to Friday 11 August 2023.

Who are these courses for?

These courses offer those who have not previously had the opportunity to study Ancient Greek or Latin intensive training designed to bring you from complete beginners to being able to read simple texts in Ancient Greek or Latin. These sessions are ideal for:

  • Anyone with an interest in the Hellenic or Roman world.


  • Those intend to study for a Masters or Doctoral degree and wish to get ahead over the summer.
  • Undergraduates and Postgraduates from any university, or Y12 and Y13 school pupils.
  • Teachers
  • Mature students
  • Current Department of Classics students at King’s More information.

Lectures & Visits

As well as being highly intensive, the courses offer a friendly and supportive environment. There are workshops by guest lecturers offering an introduction to skills such as epigraphy, and we also hope to offer guided tours or behind-the-scenes sessions at the British Museum. 


If you wish to book accommodation to join our ancient languages summer school, you can find further information about King’s accommodation here(Accommodation fees are not included in the ancient languages summer school).


We are able to offer a number of bursaries of up to £500. 

If you intend to apply for a bursary, please insert BURSARY APPLICANT at the top of your personal statement on your application.

To apply for a bursary- after receiving confirmation of your place – please follow the below steps:

  1. Send your CV and letter of application (either by post or email) outlining your current school or university; your current or pending qualifications; your future plans for research or teaching; why the summer school will benefit you; any particular financial (or other) circumstances which you would like to draw our attention to.
  2. Please give the name, address, and email address of one academic referee and ask him/her to send a reference directly to


For information on the syllabus, please see the following pages:

More Information

For more information about the Ancient Greek or Latin courses, please contact: Dr Fiona Haarer (

As of April 1, 2024, there will be one Professorship (W3) for Ancient Church History and Patrology (Chair) to occupy at the Catholic Theological Faculty at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

The holder of the professorship (m/f/d) will represent the entire field of ancient church history and patrology in research and teaching. In teaching, participation in all courses of study at the Faculty of Catholic Theology is expected.

The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU) would like to recruit an outstandingly qualified personality who, after completing a university degree in Catholic theology and an above-average doctorate or a comparable special qualification in Catholic theology, will demonstrate their academic qualifications through internationally visible, excellent research achievements and teaching has proven.

If you are hired as a civil servant, you must not have reached the age of 52 at the time of appointment. Exceptions to this can be made in urgent cases.

The LMU is striving to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore strongly encourages female scientists to apply.

Severely disabled persons are given preference if their suitability is otherwise essentially the same.

The LMU offers support for dual career couples.

Applications with the usual documents (curriculum vitae, academic career, list of publications, list of previous courses) must be submitted to the Dean of the Catholic Theological Faculty, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 Munich, by May 18, 2023 . At the same time, please send your documents in file form (pdf) to:

AIEP YouTube Channel

In April-May, our channel will present the following videos:

Section: New books on Patristics

Interview with Prof. Travis W. Proctor (Assistant Professor of Religion, Director Premodern and Ancient World Studies (P.A.S.T.) Program, Wittenberg University), about his recent book Demonic Bodies and the Dark Ecologies of Early Christian Culture, published by Oxford University Press in 2022. Special thanks to Prof. Brad Boswell (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton
University).  This video will be uploaded on April 29th.

Interview with Prof. Francisco Bastitta Harriet (Instituto de Filosofía “Dr. Alejandro Korn”, Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas), about his recent book An Ontological Freedom: The Origins of the Notion in Gregory of Nyssa and its Influence unto the Italian Renaissance, published by Brill | Schöningh in 2023.  Special thanks to Prof. Matthieu Cassin (CNRS, Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes. Section grecque et de l’Orient chrétien, Paris, France). This video will be uploaded on May 6th.

Thanks to these prestigious scholars for their important contribution!
You can find the AIEP-IAPS-YouTube at the following link:
You can also find the videos on our website:

Job – 6 positions for doctoral research associates

Job advertisement

Within the Research Training Group 2304 “Byzantium and the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War. Exchange, Differentiation and Reception”, which is financed by the DFG (German Research Foundation), there are at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz 6 positions for doctoral research associates (pay scale TV-L13, 2/3 FTE) to be filled by 1st October 2023 for a contract period of three years.

Participating in this Research Training Group are the disciplines of Ancient History, Ancient Church History/Theology, Byzantine Studies, Medieval History, Eastern European History, History of Islam, Classical Archaeology, Christian Archaeology and Byzantine Art History, Early and Prehistorical Archaeology (with a focus on Medieval Archaeology) and Musicology.

The goal of the Research Training Group is to examine the Euro-Mediterranean Cultures of War from a transcultural perspective, from the Roman Imperial Period to the Early Modern Period.

With cultures of war are understood to be the forms and practices of war as well as the norms, interpretations, attributions of meaning and reflections referring to war. The mutual processes of exchange, differentiation or reception will be explored via four thematic areas:

1. Strategies of justification and legitimation

2. Conceptualizations of persons and groups

3. Rituals and worship

4. Knowledge and infrastructure

These topics are complemented by four cross-cutting themes. These are dedicated to the consequences of war, gender roles and gender issues, war narratives and cultural practices in the context of war.

A thorough description of the research programme, the fields of research and the topics can be found on the homepage [].

The prospective dissertation project must address at least one of these thematic areas as well as be housed within one of the participating disciplines.

The primary criterion for the evaluation of applications is the originality and quality of the research project summarized in the exposé. Suitable candidates can also apply on the basis of suggested topics – a selection of possible dissertation topics is likewise to be found on the homepage []

Upon acceptance the graduate students are to participate in a structured doctoral program at the JGU Mainz, for which residence in Mainz is required.

The Research Training Group offers intensive specialized and interdisciplinary exchange, crossdisciplinary doctoral supervision by two professors from amongst the participating scholars, praxis-oriented courses directed at public engagement (including through museums), a comprehensive range of key qualifications (e.g. from the sphere of Digital Humanities) and diverse opportunities for international networking.

Requirements for the application include a degree (Magister, M.A. or the equivalent) completed with above-average marks in a participating or related field as well as openness to interdisciplinary work.

The following application materials are to be submitted electronically in a single .pdf (in German or English):

· A letter of application (one page)

· An outline of the planned dissertation project (two pages)

· A curriculum vitae with list of publications (if applicable), degree diplomas, certificates of scholarly activities

· Master’s Thesis (or equivalent)

The Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz is keen on increasing the proportion of women within the sphere of scholarship and therefore especially welcomes applications from female researchers. Please refer to any disability status in the application. For subject-related questions please direct your queries to the corresponding specialists of the Research Training Group [], other questions to the Spokes-person. The application deadline ends by 20th May 2023.

The Newman Institute Research Seminar in Late Ancient and Byzantine Cultures

Human culture is never solely fact, nor solely fiction, but includes whatever the human mind and spirit produce, including texts, images, liturgies, manuscripts and material culture. A critical analysis and contextualization of late ancient and medieval arts and literatures should underpin our understanding of the history of Christian traditions, and can provide apt connections to our experience of the present world. Inter-cultural perspectives are encouraged, demonstrating exchanges between classical and biblical worlds, as well as encounters among different faiths in the first millennium.

The Newman Seminar in Late Ancient and Byzantine Cultures aims to create a forum for open discussion about Christian history and cultures by providing an opportunity for informal peer review of articles in preparation, book and thesis chapters, project proposals and conference papers on any topic pertaining to this field, broadly defined. Expertise of core members includes Greek and Latin languages, biblical and patristic studies, ancient philosophy, early church history, art history, palaeography, and Byzantine/Medieval studies. The seminar has a collaboration with the New Testament Studies research seminar at Uppsala University and with the Lund Patristic Seminar. We also welcome the possibility of organizing joint conferences.

Vestigia Iuvenci. Rezeptionsspuren des ersten Bibelepikers

#Patristics #Byzantine #Roman #art #archaeology #architecture #history #culture #heritage #highereducation #Germany #Deutschland #Christian #Church #liturgy #Crusades #Templars #Hospitallers #Antiquity #Medieval #music #Greek

Internationale Tagung an der Bergischen Universität Wuppertal am 25. und 26. Mai 2023 mit Bruno Bureau (Lyon), Michele Cutino (Strasbourg), Donato De Gianni (Catania), Stefan Freund (Wuppertal), Maria Jennifer Falcone (Pavia/Cremona), Luciana Furbetta (Ferrara), Thomas Gärtner (Köln), Bardo Gauly (Eichstätt), Francesco Lubian (Padova), Katharina Pohl (Wuppertal), Christoph Schubert (Erlangen), Carl E. Springer (Chattanooga), Maria Veronese (Padova), Dorothea Weber (Salzburg), Stefan Weise (Wuppertal) und Victoria Zimmerl-Panagl (Salzburg).

Programm siehe hier.

Eine Teilnahme ist vor Ort und per Zoom möglich, Informationen siehe hier.

Plakat siehe hier.

Job – REMINDER: 10 fully funded PhD fellowships (MSCA Doctoral Network – AntCom)

Call for applications

#phd #fellowships #Byzantine #Roman #art #archaeology #architecture #history #culture #heritage #highereducation #Ireland #Christian #Church #liturgy #Crusades #Templars #Hospitallers #Antiquity #Medieval #music #Greek

Call for applications

Are you interested in cultural heritage, reception studies and/or the new frontiers of classics? Are you passionate about cutting-edge research but you also want to boost your skills by learning about new approaches and technologies? We might have something for you.

AntCom network publishes a call for 10 PhD fellowships within the training program “From Antiquity to Community: Rethinking Classical Heritage through Citizen Humanities”. The positions are funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action, Grant Agreement 101073543.

By building on a high-level, integrated cooperation between the humanities and STEM, AntCom offers the first formal training program in Citizen Science for the humanities (Citizen Humanities). It prioritises both open science and innovative curatorial techniques (Multi- and Hyperspectral Imaging) to encourage cooperation between researchers and communities.

AntCom welcomes highly motivated applicants from various backgrounds. These backgrounds may include but are not limited to: Classics, Manuscripts Studies, Linguistics, History, Art History, Engineering Physics, and other related subjects. Depending on the position, applicants will be employed at the University of Southern Denmark, University of Verona, University of Salento, University of Santiago de Compostela.

The call is open to applicants of any age and nationality who meet the following requirements at the recruitment date:

  1. Prior to the starting date of the PhD programme they must hold or be due to hold a Master’s Degree (e.g., Master of Science or Master of Arts).
  2. Must not already hold a doctoral title.
  3. Must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (mobility Rule).

Additional requirements can apply for specific positions. For further information, please consult the detailed information for each position.

Applications will be accepted from 24/02/2023 until 24/04/2023 at 12:00 pm (Central European Time).

XIX. International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford from 5.-9. August 2024

#Patristics #Byzantine #Roman #art #archaeology #architecture #history #culture #heritage #highereducation #Oxford #Christian #Church #liturgy #Antiquity #Medieval #music #Greek

The XIX. Conference will be held from Monday 5 August 2024 to Friday 9th August 2024. It will take place, as usual, in the Examination Schools in the High Street, Oxford. We expect around 600 delegates.

Since its inception in 1951 as the First International Conference on Patristic Studies, organized by Frank Leslie Cross (1900-1968), Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity in the University of Oxford, this four-yearly gathering of scholars from around the world has become a major event for the many disciplines concerned with Patristics. It gives scholars at all stages of their careers the opportunity to engage with a critical, but sympathetic audience.

42th Annual Meeting of the AELAC, June 29-July 1

42th Annual Meeting of the AELAC
for the 40th anniversary of the first CCSA volume

Please find attached the program of the 42th Annual Meeting of the AELAC that will take place in Lyon (France), June 29-July 1. An online participation is possible (see registration link in program).

#Patristics #Byzantine #Roman #art #archaeology #architecture #history #culture #heritage #highereducation #France #Christian #Church #liturgy #Antiquity #Medieval #music #Greek

Call For Papers: International Conference at the University of Freiburg, 29.11.–1.12.2023

The Funerary Archaeology of Byzantine Constantinople

New Approaches, New Methodologies, and New Discoveries

Mortuary practices are cultural phenomena common to humanity, and therefore burials and the “archaeology of death” have long been recognized as essential sources for all archaeologies. This is also true of Byzantine archaeology, and in recent decades graves and tombs, cemeteries and burial churches have increasingly been the focus of historical, art historical, and scientific research. By reason of its importance and size, the Byzantine capital of Constantinople occupies a central place in the historical development of Byzantine burial practices, and its funerary archaeology can be recognized as an essential source for understanding society, religion, demography, and urbanism in the imperial city. However, despite this importance, in contrast to the funerary archaeology of Old Rome, that of Constantinople is relatively poorly documented and often badly preserved, with data scattered in disparate publications, and lack a theoretical base and detailed synthesis. Fundamental information is still lacking, and even what is known has never been systematically compiled and evaluated. This desideratum has been known for a long time, and as Alfons Maria Schneider once remarked, one may still ask, “Where were the cemeteries of Byzantine Constantinople?”

Our conference seeks to address these issues by focusing on new approaches, new methodologies, and new discoveries. We aim to synthesize and devise a new understanding of the funerary archaeology of Constantinople and its suburbs, moving beyond just the primary documentation of empirical data to consider challenges of its recovery and interpretation, and to build up a new diachronic understanding of the development of burial practices in the capital region from the 4th to the 16th centuries.

By using the term ‘funerary archaeology’ we wish to encourage the development of an inclusive, holistic, and multidimensional approach to this subject, one that brings together historical texts, archaeology, and scientific data in interpretive dialogue, and which is sensitive to theorizing in other funerary archaeologies. Our aim is to take a broader view than solely the prestigious and well-published monuments (imperial tombs, aristocratic burial churches), although they should be included in such a conference. Rather than just reprising what is well-known and well-published about such monuments, we aim to put these elite burial practices into proper relation with the rest of the funerary archaeology and written sources that document the other mortuary populations of Constantinople.

Without neglecting the obvious religious, artistic, and historical dimensions of the funerary archaeology of Constantinople, particular foci, in terms of papers and the desired outcomes of the conference, will be:

• To gain better understanding of the funerary archaeology itself, the historical development of grave and tomb types, and burial styles, by synthesizing old and new material.

• To explore the construction of individual and collective identities in death through burial by examining the mortuary practices of different social categories and groups, populations and ethnicities.

• To analyze the funerary archaeology of Constantinople through the intersection of social status, religious belief, gender, culture, and ideology.

• To develop a better understanding of the organization, administration, and spatial distribution of burials and cemeteries, and of the chronological development of the same inside and outside the city, and thus to gain a better understanding of burial as an institution at Constantinople.

• By doing so, to enhance our understanding of the roles of burial places and the topography of death in the urban history and development of Constantinople from its foundation by Constantine I through the Ottoman conquest.

• More broadly, to contribute to our understanding of the evolution and interpretation of Byzantine burial practices, and to the development of its archaeological methodology and theory.

• To promote and stimulate a greater awareness of the importance and potential of Byzantine funerary archaeology in archaeologists, historians, and Byzantine scholarship in general.

While recognizing the unique nature of Constantinople as the imperial capital, and gaps in our archaeological knowledge, we also aim to contextualize the funerary archaeology of Constantinople by reference to its immediate hinterland in Europe, Asia, and the Propontis, which one can consider as being within the immediate cultural, religious, economic, and political orbit of the capital, and by reference to that of the Byzantine provinces, which one can consider as being in dialogue with the imperial capital through shared imperial frameworks.

We wish to understand the role of Constantinople as a consumer, creator, trendsetter, and disseminator of burial styles, seeking to explore these processes through various mechanisms such as:

• The formation and institutionalization of Christian and other forms of burial at the new capital of Constantinople between the 4th and 6th centuries.

• The role of local workshop practices and traditions in the forms taken by tombs and graves.

• The roles of the Church and funeral liturgies in the development of burial styles, tomb types, and burial locations.

• The impact of empire-wide trends, such as the development of saints’ tomb-shrines and burial in and around churches ad sanctos in Late Antiquity.

• The role of imperial and canon law in the development of burial styles, tomb types, and the locations of burial places.

• The roles of political and social networks of the imperial elites of State and Church in the development of tomb types, burial styles, and burial locations at Constantinople.

• The impact of the relative economic growth and decline of Constantinople, and its population, on burial patterns over time.

• The roles of cultural changes and social developments over time in the evolution of tomb types, burial styles, and burial places and locations.

As regards the long-term outcomes of this conference, we wish to edit a volume of conference proceedings for publication, which we hope will have a transformative impact on the field of Byzantine funerary archaeology, with importance for other comparative archaeologies, and the fields of Byzantine art history, and Byzantine studies in general.

The conference is hosted by the department of Byzantine Archaeology at Freiburg University together with the Citiy University of New York and in cooperation with the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) and the German Archaeological Institute in Istanbul (DAI). It will take place November 29st to December 1st 2023 as a hybrid event (zoom and in person) at Freiburg University. The language of the conference will be English.

Interested scholars are invited to submit proposals (500 words max) by April 1st, 2023 to

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