Workshop: « The Scriptural Universe of Late Antiquity »

 

Datum: 12 april 2018 09:00 – 19:00
Plats: Room Bergsmannen, Aula Magna, Frescati

 

The focus of the Workshop will be the quite recent publication: The Scriptural Universe of Ancient Christianity (HUP; 2016) by Guy Stroumsa. This book argues that the passage of texts from scroll to codex created a revolution in the religious life of late antiquity. The codex permitted a mode of religious transmission across vast geographical areas, as sacred texts and commentaries circulated in book translations within and beyond Roman borders. Thus, the codex played a decisive role in the Roman Empire’s conversion to Christianity and eventually enabled the worldwide spread of Christian faith. Furthermore, the book describes how canonical scripture was established and how scriptural interpretation replaced blood sacrifice as the central element of religious ritual.

This Workshop will discuss themes related to the emergence of a new « book culture » and its importance and possibly also transformative role in the shaping and dissemination of religious ideas, its influence on ritual and religious experience, production and distribution of books and manuscripts in the various religious traditions of the Mediterranean in Late Antiquity and beyond.

(Text by the organizers)

 

Speakers:

Frédéric Brusi (Stockholm)
Barbara Crostini (Uppsala)
Emmanouela Grypeou (Stockholm)
Peter Jackson (Stockholm)
Paul Linjamaa (Lund)
Justin Meggitt (Cambridge)
Dan Nässelqvist (Lund)
Jørgen Podemann Sørensen (Copenhagen)
Einar Thomassen (Bergen)
Alexandros Tsakos (Bergen)
Witold Witakowski (Uppsala)
Guy Stroumsa (Jerusalem/Oxford)

 

Please contact for registration of attendance: Emmanouela Grypeou, emmanouela.grypeou@rel.su.se

Summer School in Coptic Literature and Manuscript Tradition

Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg

17-21 September 2018

in collaboration with the projects:

“PAThs – Tracking Papyrus and Parchment PAThs: An Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature”, Rome

“Digital Edition of the Coptic Old Testament”, Göttingen

Collaborative Research Centre 1136 « Education and Religion in Cultures of the Mediterranean and its Environment from Ancient to Medieval Times and to Classical Islam », Göttingen

and “Corpus dei Manoscritti Copti Letterari”, Rome – Hamburg

 

and in cooperation with the Seminar for Egyptology and Coptic Studies, Universität Göttingen

and the Chairs of Egyptology and Coptic Studies, Universität Hamburg

 

Preliminary Programme (27.02.2018)

Monday, 17 September 2018

9.00-9.30 Registration and opening

9.30-10.00 A brief introduction to the summer school and its aims (Heike Behlmer and Paola Buzi)

10.00-10.45 Coptic dialects (Frank Feder)

10.45-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-12.30 Coptic literature I: general introduction and periodization (Tito Orlandi)

12.30-14.00 Lunch break

14.00-15.00 Coptic Bible I: general introduction and edition of Biblical works (Frank Feder + Malte Rosenau)

15.00-16.00 Church of Alexandria and Coptic Christianity: self-representation and theological developments (Alberto Camplani)

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-17.30 The Library of Shenoute: formation, composition, dispersion (Alin Suciu)

17.30-18.30 Coptic manuscript cataloguing: types of catalogues and status quaestionis (Paola Buzi)

 

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

9.00-10.00 Coptic literature II: genres, authors, problems (Tito Orlandi)

10.00-11.00 Coptic Patrology (Alin Suciu)

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12.30 Syriac culture in Egypt (Alberto Camplani)

12.30-14.00 Lunch break

14.00-15.00 Coptic Bible II: Bible studies and the literary tradition and digital text re-use research (Heike Behlmer and So Miyagawa)

15.00-16.00 Coptic Liturgy (Diliana Atanassova)

16.00.16.30 Coffee break 16.30-18.30 Practical section (Manuscript Room)

 

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

9.00-9.45 The archaeo-geographical context of Coptic literature I (Julian Bogdani)

10.00-12.30 Visit to the Coptic Manuscripts preserved in the State and University Library Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky

12.30-14.00 Lunch break

14.00-15.00 Bilingualism in early medieval Egypt (Tonio Sebastian Richter)

15.00-16.00 Coptic literature III: genres, authors, problems (Tito Orlandi)

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-18.30 Practical section (Manuscript Room continued)

18.30-19.00 Presentation of selected ongoing research projects of the participants I

 

Thursday, 20 September 2018

9.00-10.00 The archaeo-geographical context of Coptic literature II (Julian Bogdani)

10.00-11.00 Codicological description of Coptic writing supports: papyrus and parchment (Nathan Carlig)

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12.30 Coptic “authors” and Coptic works: problems related to the attribution of a clavis entry (Francesco Berno)

12.30-14.00 Lunch break

14.00-15.00 Scientific, technological and medical literature in Coptic: Types of manuscripts, kinds of texts (Tonio Sebastian Richter)

15.00-16.00 Bilingualism in late antique Egypt (Agostino Soldati)

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

17.00-18.30 Practical section: Exercise in Coptic manuscripts digital cataloguing

18.30-19.00 Presentation of selected ongoing research projects of the participants II

 

Friday, 21 September 2018

9.00-10.00 Relationship between the Ethiopic tradition and the Coptic tradition (Alessandro Bausi)

10.00-11.00 School training in late antique Egypt (Nathan Carlig)

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12.30 The heterodox literary production of Early Christian Egypt (Francesco Berno)

12.30-14.00 Lunch break

14.00-15.00 Coptic colophons: contents, structure, functions (Agostino Soldati)

15.00-16.00 Coptic titles: inscriptiones, subscriptiones, section headings, index-titles (Paola Buzi)

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-18.30 Practical section: Exercise in Coptic manuscripts digital cataloguing (continued)

18.30-19.00 Conclusions

 

A detailed programme will be published by the end of April 2018.

(Text by the organizers)

 

https://www.manuscript-cultures.uni-hamburg.de/register_coptic2018.html

Iamblichus Seminar

 

Tuesdays, 5.45–7.30 p.m.

Warburg Institute, Classroom 2 (15 November 2017), then Classroom 1 (following Tuesdays)

 

In this seminar series we will discuss the Reply to Porphyry (De mysteriis) of Iamblichus of Chalcis (c.245–c.325 CE), the most influential Platonic philosopher of late antiquity after Plotinus. In his Reply of the Master Abamon to Porphyry’s Letter to Anebo, he answers his teacher’s questions and criticisms on theurgy, a ritual process intended to unite the human soul with the divine. This work, the foremost ancient pagan philosophical treatment of religious ritual, ‘magic’ and divination, influenced Christian sacramental theology and early modern occult philosophy through Pseudo-Dionysius and Marsilio Ficino.

 

After an introduction to Iamblichus in the first week, we will discuss the Reply to Porphyry in ten further weekly sessions, using Iamblichus, On the Mysteries, tr. Emma C. Clarke, John M. Dillon and Jackson P. Hershbell. No particular knowledge of Platonism or ancient Greek is required.

 

For further information please contact Merlin Cox: (merlin.cox@postgrad.sas.ac.uk).