Prisca Theologia

La Prisca Theologia en France

Daniel P. Walker (aut.), Alexandre Minski (trad.), Paris: Allia Editions, 2017

Description

La sagesse ancienne irrigue la philosophie de la Renaissance, melting-pot d’idées issues de divers courants de pensée de l’Antiquité. Des théologiens antiques ont, croit-on, préfiguré la révélation chrétienne. Nombre d’apologistes chrétiens citent des textes d’auteurs préchrétiens pour inscrire leur doctrine dans une continuité. Idée qui se généralise aux XVe et XVIe siècles. Et particulièrement en France où l’on se réclame, entre autres, de l’héritage des druides. La prisca theologia (ancienne théologie) vise en somme une conciliation entre les mondes chrétien et juif, la Grèce et Rome, la Renaissance et le Moyen Âge. Évitant de s’en tenir à l’orthodoxie d’une seule doctrine, elle a permis la survivance des idées antiques à la Renaissance et contribué à forger la philosophie humaniste.

(Texte de la maison d’édition)

Lien

https://www.editions-allia.com/fr/livre/794/prisca-theologia

Les Mystères 

Nouvelles perspectives

Marc Philonenko, Yves Lehmann et Laurent Pernot (éd.), Turnhout: Brepolis, 2017

Description

This multidisciplinary volume features a comparative and critical study of the mysteries in the major religions of the Antiquity. It considers ceremonies, rituals, sacraments and the theological content, made up of doctrine and dogma. The domains taken into consideration include Greek and Roman paganism, Judaism and Christianity, Mazdeism, Eastern cults, as well as their prolongations until the Middle Ages and the Reformation. This study has as a starting point the vocabulary and the linguistic transpositions and exchanges, in order to move on to the wider field of the major religious and philosophical issues. Profound unity of the theme in this volume is due to the theme’s paradoxically great nature. Any mystery is intended to be revealed. It kindles great expectations and appears concealed only to be better disclosed. This promising dialectic construction explains the crucial role played by mysteries in the history of religions. Ce volume pluridisciplinaire propose une étude comparatiste et critique du phénomène des mystères dans les grandes religions de l’Antiquité, ainsi que des prolongements jusqu’au Moyen Âge et à la Réforme. Il couvre, d’une part, des cérémonies, des rites et des sacrements et, d’autre part, un contenu théologique, fait de doctrines et de dogmes. Les domaines pris en compte comprennent le paganisme grec et romain, le judaïsme et le christianisme, le mazdéisme, les cultes orientaux, ainsi que des prolongements jusqu’au Moyen Âge et à la Réforme. L’enquête part du vocabulaire, et les échanges et transpositions linguistiques permettent d’approcher les grands problèmes religieux et philosophiques. L’unité profonde du sujet tient à la grandeur paradoxale qui lui est inhérente. Tout mystère a vocation à être révélé. Il suscite une attente passionnée, n’étant celé que pour être mieux dévoilé. Cette construction dialectique et porteuse d’espoir explique le rôle capital joué par les mystères dans l’histoire des religions.

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Table de matières

Gérard Freyburger & Laurent Pernot, Préface

Laurent Pernot, Avant-Propos

Anders Hultgård, La notion de rāz « mystère, secret » dans le mazdéisme ancien et la question des mystères iraniens

Marc Philonenko, Les Mystères esséno-qoumrâniens et quelques autres…

Guy G. Stroumsa, Mystère juif et mystère chrétien : le mot et la chose

Madeleine Scopello, Mystère et mystères dans les textes gnostiques de Nag Hammadi

Giulia Sfameni Gasparro, « Misteri » (mysteria, orgia, teletai) tra Eleusi, Dioniso e Orfeo : avventure del linguaggio e creazione religiosa

Yves Lehmann, La théologie des mystères de Samothrace. Mythe, rites et philosophie

Jean-Pierre Mahé, Grégoire de Narek et la rénovation des mystères de l’église arménienne au Xe siècle

Matthieu Arnold, « L’homme et la femme ne formeront qu’une seule chair. C’est là un grand mystère. » (Éphésiens 5, 31s.) : le mariage chez Martin Luther

Liste des auteurs du présent volume

Index

Lien

http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503570501-1

European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR)

Multiple Religious Identities

Individuals, Communities, Traditions

Description and organization

As empirical realities, religions are never homogenous. From the multitude of beliefs, objects, feelings, discourses and practices of everyday lived religion, to major historical disputes that have led to the formation of different schools or movements, to conflict-laden divisions at the intersection of religion and politics, an extraordinary variety of contexts and content constitute the ubiquitous constant of religions across centuries and cultures from early civilisations to the immigrant societies of the 21st century, across Europe and beyond. The multiplicity of ways in which individuals form relationships with religious traditions and the plural modes of how religious codes are appropriated add further complexity to this picture.

It comes, therefore, as no surprise that plurality and its more normative pendant, pluralism, have always constituted key issues in religious identity debates: for instance, when religious diversity is set against claims of authenticity and orthodoxy with the discourse on conversion as an example. Plurality and pluralism are also at the core of political controversies, e.g., in discussions on social norms and alleged deviance on religious grounds.

Even though historical and contemporary research has drawn attention to the religious diversity within societies, the conceptualisation and theorisation of these issues remain difficult, given the inner plurality of religions and the multiple constructions of religious identities.

Key concepts such as world religions or syncretism have been the subject of severe criticism. This stemmed from more fundamental questions concerning the homogenising effect of conceptual frameworks that are based, for instance, on a distinction between dominating and minority traditions. Thus, an uncomfortable choice seems necessary: Do we let go our theoretical endeavour in favour of the multitude of individual cases or do we blur the manifold individual and social realities of religions through our generalising concepts? Building on this constructive tension, this conference aims to provide a forum for historical and contemporary research as well as conceptual, methodological and theoretical reflections on the plurality and multiplicity of both religions and religious identities. Topics may include the following:

  • self-conceptions and identity discourses within religious communities and traditions
  • multiple religious belongings in the past and the present
  • conversion and the handling of converts
  • debates on orthodoxy and heterodoxy, conformity and non-conformity
  • missionary activities and religious exclusiveness
  • normative concepts of plurality
  • historical regulation of religious diversity
  • the plurality of ritual practices
  • secularity, secularities and forms of non-belief
  • conceptual and theoretical reflections on terms and models

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For all information and questions regarding the EASR 2018 Conference, please contact the coordinator of the conference using the contact form below or mail or call directly:

Programme

Saturday, 16 June 14:30–18:00 IAHR Executive Committee Meeting F0071

Sunday, 17 June

9:00–14:00 EASR Executive Committee Meeting F005

13:00–15:00 IAHR Executive Committee Meeting F007

15:00–16:00 Registration / Welcome Coffee vonRoll, 001

16:00–17:00 Opening Event vonRoll, 001

17:00–18:00 Keynote 1: Reinhard Schulze The ambiguity of the religious self in pre- and postnational social worlds. Examples from 17th-century Morocco and 20th-century Germany vonRoll, 001 18:00–19:00 Welcome Reception vonRoll, 001

Monday, 18 June

9:00–10:30 Slot 1 Room S104-A: Conceptual and theoretical reflections on terms and models I F007

S15-A: Ernesto De Martinoʹs Multiple Identities: Between Coherence and Contradiction

I F023 S16-A: Multi-faith places and urban religious diversity

I F-122 S18-A: Divided or Disjointed Belonging in a Polytheistic Environment

I F-106 S20: Religion as political opposition

F-121 S27-A: Multiple Religious Identities in Late Antiquity – with a focus on the individual

I F006 S38-A: Multiple religious identities in Japan

I F013 S42-A: Self-conceptions and identity discourses within religious communities and traditions

I F-113 S43-A: Contrasting religious multiple identities: efforts to mark orthodoxies and differences in complex societies

I F005 S50-A: Who Are the ‘Nones’ in Europe?

I F022 S7-A: Gendered eco-spirituality: conceptual reflections

I F-112 S71: Religious education in Russia in post-secular context

F-107 S75: Re-configuring core concepts of the Study of Religions? – More than 30 years after the ‘cultural turn’

F021 S96-A: Multiple religious belongings in the past and the present

I F012 S97-A: Conversion and the handling of converts I F-111

10:30–11:00 ¤ Coffee Break ¤

11:00–12:00 Keynote 2: Grace Davie Multiple Religious Identities: Realities and Reflections UniS, A 003

12:00–13:30 ¤ Lunch ¤

13:30–15:00 Slot 2

S1-A: Multiple religious and secular identities in the public school I: The representation of religion in school: developments in different contexts F021 S104-B: Conceptual and theoretical reflections on terms and models II F007 S12-A: Wild and Monstrous Identities – Religious Identity Formation and Natural Spaces in Ancient Religions I F011 S15-B: Ernesto De Martinoʹs Multiple Identities: Between Coherence and Contradiction II F023 S16-B: Multi-faith places and urban religious diversity II F-107 S18-B: Divided or Disjointed Belonging in a Polytheistic Environment II F-106 S27-B: Multiple Religious Identities in Late Antiquity – with a focus on the individual II F006 S28-A: Prayer, pop and politics: researching religious youth in migration society I F-105 S35: Religion, co-imagining and controversial relationships F-121 S38-B: Multiple religious identities in Japan II F013 S40: Late Antique Geographies of Heresiology: Fashioning Local Orthodoxies in early Christianity and Manichaeism F-123 S42-B: Self-conceptions and identity discourses within religious communities and traditions II F-113 S43-B: Contrasting religious multiple identities: efforts to mark orthodoxies and differences in complex societies II F005 S50-B: Who Are the ‘Nones’ in Europe? II F022 S7-B: Gendered eco-spirituality: conceptual reflections II F-112 S80: “Islamic radicalisation” and extremism from a study of religions perspective F-122 S96-B: Multiple religious belongings in the past and the present II F012 S97-B: Conversion and the handling of converts II F-111

15:00–15:30 ¤ Coffee Break ¤

15:30–17:00 Slot 3

S1-B: Multiple religious and secular identities in the public school II: The relationship between RE and religious and secular belonging F021 S104-C: Conceptual and theoretical reflections on terms and models III F007 S12-B: Wild and Monstrous Identities – Religious Identity Formation and Natural Spaces in Ancient Religions II F011 S16-C: Multi-faith places and urban religious diversity III F013 S27-C: Multiple Religious Identities in Late Antiquity – with a focus on the individual III F006 S28-B: Prayer, pop and politics: researching religious youth in migration society II F-105 S36: Alternative Religious Belongings in the Communist Regime Countries up to 1990 F022 S41: Metropolitan Religion Speakers F023 S42-C: Self-conceptions and identity discourses within religious communities and traditions III F-113 S6-A: Norms and Normativity in the Study of Religion I F-123 S63: Convenience or Conversion? An exploration of collaborative method in material religion F-107 S64: Comparison as Method and Topic in the History of Religion F00S76: Indigenous Religion(s). Local Grounds, Global Networks F-111 S8: Multiple Religious Identities in Late Antique Egypt (2nd–6th Centuries) F-122 S82: Researching Popular Culture and Religion. Discourses, Negotiations, and Reception F-121 S96-C: Multiple religious belongings in the past and the present III F012

17:15–18:15 Keynote 3: Milda Ališauskienė Diversification of Religious Identities in Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe: the case of the Baltic States UniS, A003

From 18:30 Women Scholars Network F021

Tuesday, 19 June

9:00–10:30 Slot 4

S1-C: Multiple religious and secular identities in the public school III: Communication about religions and worldviews at school F021 S100: Normative concepts of plurality F-122 S102-A: The plurality of ritual practices I F023 S17: Religion in Sustainability Transitions: Empirical Insights F-105 S22-A: Religion and Revolution: Self-images, identity discourses, and the demarcation of religion and politics in nineteenth century Europe I F-106 S32-A: Identity, religion and resonance I F011 S34: Contested Religious Belongings in Europe. Membership, Practice and Identity in Comparative Perspective F-111 S54: New Age/ New Religiosities in non-Western context: Toward a comparative approach F-121 S6-B: Norms and Normativity in the Study of Religion II F-123 S65-A: Healing Narratives in Asian Religions: Interactions, Circulation, Legitimacy I F005 S69: Labeling religion: Migration and ascriptions of religious identities in contemporary Europe F-113 S72: Muslim Secularities: New Inquiries into Muslim Engagements with Religion, Politics and the Social F022 S73: Negotiations of Religious and Secular Gender Scripts in Womenʹs Conversions in Contemporary Western Europe F013 S74: Sacred Places and Multiple Religious Identities: Past and Present S78: How to foster peaceful coexistence of differing religious and secular perspectives: Results from latest empirical studies F006 S81: Multiple religious and maternal identities: othermothers, self-conceptions, conformity and nonconformity

10:30–11:00 ¤ Coffee Break ¤

11:00–12:00 Keynote 4: Jörg Rüpke Urbanity and multiple religious identities in antiquity UniS, A003

12:00–13:30 ¤ Lunch ¤

12:30–15:00 IAHR International Committee meeting F021

13:30–15:00 Slot 5S102-B: The plurality of ritual practices II F023 S22-B: Religion and Revolution: Self-images, identity discourses, and the demarcation of religion and politics in nineteenth century Europe II F-106 S31-A: Anchoring in a foreign land: How faith-based organisations accommodate refugees I F022 S32-B: Identity, religion and resonance II F011 S33: Debating, expressing and organizing non-belief among Muslims in Europe and the Middle East F-113 S59: Multiple belongings of German-speaking Muslims: Negotiating religious and secular identity positions F013 S62: The relationship between school education about religion and the academic discipline of the Study of Religions F-122 S65-B: Healing Narratives in Asian Religions: Interactions, Circulation, Legitimacy II F005 S87: Reflecting on Communal Identities – Comparing different Methods and Approaches in the Study of Religious Communities F-105 S99: Missionary activities and religious exclusiveness F-121

15:00–15:30 ¤ Coffee Break

15:30–17:30 EASR General Assembly F021 16:30–17:30 SGR General Assembly F013 17:30–19:30 Bern Tour From 19:30 Barbecue & Network Dance

Wednesday, 20 June

9:00–10:30 Slot 6 S13-A: Islam in European RE: a comparative perspective I F-105 S19-A: Regulating Religious Plurality I F-111 S29-A: The unseen forms of Russian Christian-ities I: Russian Protestantisms F011 S31-B: Anchoring in a foreign land: How faithbased organisations accommodate refugees II F022 S39-A: Where, who, what: The interrelation of religious identities with religious spaces and practices I F006 S51-A: National identities, secularization and sacralization of nature I F005 S60: Mountain Religion F013 S68-A: Indigenising movements in Europe I F023 S79-A: Young adults in a global perspective: a critical discussion of research on religion from the perspective of a mixed-method study of contemporary religiosities F-106 S83: Conversion Narrative F-113 S86: Deregulating European master narratives of diversity: fringes and mainstream in genealogical perspective F-123 S93-A: Self-conceptions and identity discourses: Indian traditions I F-122 S95-A: Self-conceptions and identity discourses within religious communities and traditions I F012 S98-A: Debates on orthodoxy and heterodoxy, conformity and non-conformity I: Gender and Magic F-112

10:30–11:00 ¤ Coffee Break ¤

11:00–12:00 Keynote 5: Dorothea Weltecke Religious demarcation, border violation and deviance discourses in medieval religious groups UniS, A003

13:30–15:00 Slot 7

S13-B: Islam in European RE: a comparative perspective II F-105 S19-B: Regulating Religious Plurality II F-111 S26: Religion, Art and Space F007 S29-B: The unseen forms of Russian Christianities II: Russian Orthodox minorities F011 S37: Plurality and Materiality F013 S51-B: National identities, secularization and sacralization of nature II F005 S57: Dance and religious identities F-107 S58-A: ‘Contemporary Spiritualities’ and ‘New Age’: Ethnographic and Historical-Comparative Approaches to a Transnational Field I: Concepts and terms F022 S68-B: Indigenising movements in Europe II F023 S70-A: From local interaction to globalized scandal: negotiating religious identities in a Swiss secondary school I F-113 S79-B: Young Adults and religion in a global perspective: socialization of religion and beyond F-106 S93-B: Self-conceptions and identity discourses: Indian traditions II F-122 S94: Religion and right-wing thinking – contemporary composites and constellations F006 S95-B: Self-conceptions and identity discourses within religious communities and traditions II F012 S98-B: Debates on orthodoxy and heterodoxy, conformity and non-conformity II: Society and Politics F-112

15:00–15:30 ¤ Coffee Break ¤

15:30–17:00 Slot 8

S21-A: Exploring Religion in Contemporary Urban India I F023 S23-A: Weakened, strengthened, enriched or unaffected? The (trans-)formation of religious identities under the conditions of interreligious contact I F-112 S29-C: The unseen forms of Russian Christianities III: Russian Orthodox practices F011 S3-A: Religious Normativity and multiplicity I F-121 S39-B: Where, who, what: The interrelation of religious identities with religious spaces and practices II F006 S44: Debating Form and Boundaries in Early Modern Catholic Pluralism: The Case of the Jesuits in Asia F005 S53-A: Beyond Nationalism and Religion: Cases of the Religious ‘Other’ I F-106 S58-B: ‘Contemporary Spiritualities’ and ‘New Age’: Ethnographic and Historical-Comparative Approaches to a Transnational Field II: Bodies and practices I F022 S61: Political Theology within the Study of Religion F-105 S67: Empirical studies of multiple religious identities around the world F021 S70-B: From local interaction to globalized scandal: negotiating religious identities in a Swiss secondary school II F-113 S85-A: Vernacular expressivity, tradition and institutional authority: ambiguities of belonging in vernacular religion I F-122 S9: Plurality in Ancient Mediterranean Religions F-111 S95-C: Self-conceptions and identity discourses within religious communities and traditions III F012

17:00–17:30 ¤ Coffee Break ¤

17:30–19:00 Slot 9

S10-A: Secular sensibilities & minority religious subjects I F-105 S21-B: Exploring Religion in Contemporary Urban India II F023 S23-B: Weakened, strengthened, enriched or unaffected? The (trans-)formation of religious identities under the conditions of interreligious contact II F-112 S24: Nomadic Line-of-flights in Religious Translocal Movements F011 S3-B: Religious Normativity and multiplicity II F-121 S30: Self-identity and Otherness: Shia Approaches to Religious Pluralism F012 S46: Religion of the individual / religion of the state F021 S49: Plurality of ritual practices and exegesis of rituals in Antiquity F-107 S53-B: Beyond Nationalism and Religion: Cases of the Religious ‘Other’ II F-106 S56: One, Many, and the City: Making and Unmaking Boundaries in Urban Religion F-113 S58-C: ‘Contemporary Spiritualities’ and ‘New Age’: Ethnographic and Historical-Comparative Approaches to a Transnational Field III: Bodies and practices II F022 S84: Multidisciplinary Understanding of Unbelief F-123 S85-B: Vernacular expressivity, tradition and institutional authority: ambiguities of belonging in vernacular religion II F-122 S90: “Moi, un Afropéen”: film as research – an audiovisual ethnography through sensational forms F005 S92-A: Self-conceptions, identity and Shiʹa tradition F006

Thursday, 21 June

9:00–10:30 Slot 10

S103-A: Secularity, secularities and forms of nonbelief I F021 S11-A: Space, Religion, and the Internet I F-121 S14: The marketization of religion: transnational and global developments F012 S25-A: Christians and the Dynamics of Religious Belonging in India: Looking Beyond Boundaries I F-112 S45: Religions and the sea F013 S47: Identity Discourses in the Religious Landscape of the Last Decades of the Russian Empire F011 S5-A: Esotericism and Eastern Christianities I: Traditionalism and Neo-Hesychasm F007 S52: Religious Identities, Media, and Communication F023 S55: Missionary Projects and Indigenous Responses in the Asia Pacific F-111 S66: Polish religious studies thought in the context of the 19th century culture studies F005 S77-A: The Highgate Cemetery in London: Diversity of Religious Practices in a Single Space I F-107 S88: Life reform networks in transnational context: c. 1900–c. 1970 F022 S92-B: Self-conceptions and identity discourses of Muslim traditions

10:30–11:00 ¤ Coffee Break ¤

11:00–12:00 Keynote 6: Eugen Ciurtin A Comparative History of saṃsāra in Early India: In and Out the Vortex of Transmigration UniS, A 003

12:00–13:30 ¤ Lunch ¤

13:30–15:00 Slot 11

S10-B: Secular sensibilities & minority religious subjects II F-105 S103-B: Secularity, secularities and forms of nonbelief II F021 S11-B: Space, Religion, and the Internet II F-121 S2: Religious identities in the making: Praxeological approaches to the study of religious identities in antiquity F-111 S25-B: Christians and the Dynamics of Religious Belonging in India: Looking Beyond Boundaries II F-112 S4: Death as a Process: Debating the Polyvalence of Chthonic Cults in Graeco-Roman Antiquity F012 S48: Varieties of Multiple Religious Identities – a summing-up conversation F023 S5-B: Esotericism and Eastern Christianities II: Language Games F007 S58-D: ‘Contemporary Spiritualities’ and ‘New Age’: Ethnographic and Historical-Comparative Approaches to a Transnational Field IV: Indigeneities, landscapes and media F022 S77-B: The Highgate Cemetery in London: Diversity of Religious Practices in a Single Space II

15:15–16:00 Closing Event vonRoll,

Contact

Stefan Nadile

e-mail: info@easr2018.org.

phone: +41 31 631 38 50

(Text by the organizers)

Link

http://www.easr2018.org/

Religions d’Abraham

Histoires croisées

Guy G. Stroumsa, Genève: Labor et Fides, 2017

Description

Ce livre propose un parcours à travers l’histoire de la réflexion occidentale sur la religion, à partir du christianisme ancien en quête de son autodéfinition jusqu’aux précurseurs modernes de l’histoire des religions. Il nous entraîne au coeur de la fabrique d’une culture occidentale, au croisement du monde gréco-romain, du christianisme ancien et du judaïsme rabbinique. En suivant les réflexions des Pères de l’Eglise sur les origines de l’humanité, Guy G. Stroumsa nous permet de mieux saisir les cadres conceptuels qui vont déterminer, pour toute une tradition intellectuelle, la nature même de l’altérité religieuse. Surtout, il offre un nouveau regard sur l’histoire connectée du christianisme, du judaïsme et de l’islam, trois religions dont l’identité se construit, entre dialogue et conflit, autour de ou avec la figure d’Abraham. Enfin, ce livre défend avec force la place et le rôle que doit avoir l’histoire des religions dans les débats actuels sur la diversité et la tolérance, débats essentiels s’il en est dans ce monde qui paraît chaque our plus enclin à la violence religieuse.

(Texte de la maison d’édition)

Table des matières

En guise de préface… 9

Introduction. Parcours d’un flâneur… 11

Chapitre 1. Religion  d’Abraham et religions abrahamiques… 37

Chapitre 2. Trois anneaux ou trois imposteurs ?… 63

Chapitre 3. En quête du paradis… 89

Chapitre 4. Intolérance religieuse et christianisme… 113

Chapitre 5. Ecriture et autorité… 139

Chapitre 6. Juifs et chrétiens dans l’Antiquité tardive… 155

Chapitre 7. Barbares ou hérétiques? Juifs et Arabes dans la conscience byzantine… 169

Chapitre 8. Judéo-christianisme et origines de l’islam… 187

Chapitre 9. La religion impensable et la naissance de  l’histoire des religions… 221

Chapitre 10. John Selden et les origines de l’orientalisme… 241

Chapitre 11. Les fils de Noé et la conquête religieuse de la Terre… 257

Chapitre 12. Homère et la Bible… 273

Chapitre 13. Tentations du christianisme : Bergson, Weil et Levinas… 297

Envoi. Pourquoi l’histoire des religions doit être une discipline subversive… 331

Lien

https://www.laboretfides.com/fr_fr/index.php/religions-d-abraham-histoires-croisees.html

Black Athena

30 Years On

Martin Bernal, Taylorsville: Vintage, 1991

Description

Classical civilisation, Martin Bernal argues, has deep roots in Afro-Asiatic cultures. But these Afro-Asiatic influences have been systematically ignored, denied, or suppressed since the eighteenth century – chiefly for racist reasons. The popular view is that Greek civilisation was the result of the conquest of a sophisticated but weak native population by vigorous Indo-European speakers–or Aryans–from the North. But the Classical Greeks, Bernal argues, knew nothing of this « Aryan model. » They did not see their political institutions, science, philosophy, or religion as original, but rather as derived from the East in general, and Egypt in particular. Black Athena is a three-volume work. Volume 1 concentrates on the crucial period between 1785 and 1850, which saw the Romantic and racist reaction to the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, and the consolidation of Northern expansion into other continents. In an unprecedented tour de force, Bernal makes meaningful links between a wide range of areas and disciplines–drama poetry, myth, theological controversy, esoteric religion, philosophy, biography, language, historical narrative, and the emergence of « modern scholarship. » Volume II is concerned with the archaeological and documentary evidence for contacts between Egypt and the Levant on the one hand and the Aegean on the other, during the Bronze Age from c. 3400 B.C. to c. 1100 B.C. These approaches are supplemented by information from later Greek myths, legends, religious cults, and language. The author concludes that contact between the two regions was far more extensive and influential than is generally believed. In the introduction to this volume, Bernal also responds to some reviews and criticisms of Volume I of Black Athena.

(Text from the publisher)

Link

https://eidolon.pub/black-athena-30-years-on-5a78253028cc

University of Reading

PhD Colloquium on Late Antiquity

Description and Organization

Late Antiquity was once regarded as an age of decadence and barbarisation as well as a ‘marginal’ field of study. Those days are over. Late Antiquity has now its own place in academia and is considered a hot topic by both Classicists and historians of the Early Middle Ages, as well as scholars of religious studies, archaeology, art and philosophy in a fruitful exchange among disciplines.

The study of Late Antiquity involves a wide variety of disciplines. Our PhD Colloquium on Late Antiquity will take place at the University of Reading in May 4-5, 2018. The aim of our Colloquium is to make the most of such diversification by bringing together and achieving synergy among PhD Students from across the UK and abroad working on Late Antiquity.

Each paper (15 min) will be followed by a personalised response from a senior scholar (10 min) assigned by the organisers and a plenary discussion. Each delegate will circulate his or her paper a week in advance to his or her respondent.

Additionally, we will also host a poster session, with a £50 voucher prize for the best poster.

Lastly, the Colloquium will include a visit to the Ure Museum of Classical Archaeology of the University of Reading.

We welcome submissions of papers and/or posters from disciplines including (but not limited to) Greek and Latin Literature, History, Archaeology, Art, Philosophy and Theology:

Option Apapers (15 min)

Send an abstract of your paper (400 words) to readinglateantiquity@gmail.com by 1 November 2017. Please also specify your affiliation.
Option Bposters

Send a brief abstract (200 words) or outline of your poster to readinglateantiquity@gmail.com by 15 November 2017. Please also specify your affiliation.

Please note that, as the event is specifically aimed at PhD students, we can only accept submissions from PhD students. However, Masters students and early career researchers are warmly invited to attend and participate in the debates.

Contact

Lorenzo Livorsi (l.livorsi@pgr.reading.ac.uk)

Ilaria Scarponi (ilaria.scarponi@reading.ac.uk ) 

Fiona McMeekin (f.p.mcmeekin@pgr.reading.ac. uk)

(Text by the organizers)

Link

https://phdcolloquiumreading.wixsite.com/lateantiquity?fbclid=IwAR0QKJeHw3v-abAPqFuCBlmIOvpmQFFxQVlVTe7SYmk_zUDQFxwAXk5srCU

University of Bucharest

Theories of Divination in Late Antiquity and Byzantium

Description and organization

The present project concerns the debates over the nature of divination (μαντεία) in Late Antiquity and Early Byzantium (2nd-7th centuries). It proposes a new approach of late antique religious thought, based mostly on understudied Neoplatonic texts, highlighting their mutual interaction with Early Christian texts dealing with similar topics. The project develops a line of research already illustrated in our previous researches on the history of Platonic demonology and on the Neoplatonic theories of prayer. It is likely to contribute significantly to the knowledge of the understanding of traditional religious beliefs and practices in late antique philosophical milieus.

A first objective of the project is to define the role of oracular divination and oneiromancy in Late Neoplatonism (Iamblichus, Proclus, Damascius, Synesius). Another objective is to examine some central debates between Neoplatonist philosophers and Christian intellectuals on the nature of oracles and other types of divination, studying the cultural and religious contexts of such debates. A special investigation will be devoted to some aspects of the continuity between the theological understanding of divination in Late Neoplatonism (e.g., Proclus) and some Early Byzantine theories of prophetic inspiration (e.g., a less known homily of Pseudo-John Chrysostom).

The third objective of the project is to define the place of Artemidorus’ Oneirocriticon (2nd c.) in the context of philosophical and pseudo-scientific attempts to explain and to rationalise various divinatory practices. Specific comparisons will be established with Plutarch’s Delphic dialogues, with Plotinus’ physical and cosmological explanation of divination (in relation with astrology and magic) in Ennead III, 3 [48], 6, as well as with medical empiricism (e.g., Galenus).

Programme

  • Andrei TimotinLes récits pseudo-prophétiques à Byzance: une approche historique, at École d’été francophone de byzantinologie, Étudier le monde byzantin. Méthodologies et interprétations, 30 August – 5 September 2017, CEREFREA, Villa Noël, Bucharest;
  • Andrei Timotin, The Dream of Caesar Bardas (Nicetas the Paphlagonian, Vita Ignatii). Terminological, political and autobiographical aspects, at the First Annual Conference of the Romanian Society for Byzantine Studies, „N. Iorga” Institute for History, 16 November 2017;
  • Andrei Timotin, Divination et providence dans le néoplatonisme tardif, at the international Conference Theories of Divination in Late Antiquity and Byzantium, 17th-18th of November 2017, University of Bucharest;
  • Marilena Vlad, Damascius: la divination du principe et la silence de Platon, at the international Conference Theories of Divination in Late Antiquity and Byzantium, 17th-18th of November 2017, University of Bucharest;
  • Alina Tăriceanu, Elements of Prophetic Discourse in Valentinian Gnosticism, at the international Conference Theories of Divination in Late Antiquity and Byzantium, 17th-18th of November 2017, University of Bucharest;
  • Andrei Man, Chrysippus’ Περὶ μαντικῆς in Cicero’s De divinatione. Stoic Theories of Divination in Context , at the international Conference Theories of Divination in Late Antiquity and Byzantium, 17th-18th of November 2017, University of Bucharest.

Contact

Université de Bucarest

7-13, rue Pitar Moş, Bucarest

Institute for Philosophy “Al. Dragomir”

(Text by the organizers)

Link

https://institute.phenomenology.ro/project/2017-2019-theories-of-divination/

The library of the Other Antiquity

Reading Late Antiquity

Mats Malm and Sigrid Schottenius Cullhed (ed.), Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2018

Description

The field of Late Antique studies has involved self-reflexion and criticism since its emergence in the late nineteenth century, but in recent years there has been a widespread desire to retrace our steps more systematically and to inquire into the millennial history of previous interpretations, historicization and uses of the end of the Greco-Roman world. This volume contributes to that enterprise. It emphasizes an aspect of Late Antiquity reception that ensues from its subordination to the Classical tradition, namely its tendency to slip in and out of western consciousness. Narratives and artifacts associated with this period have gained attention, often in times of crisis and change, and exercised influence only to disappear again. When later readers have turned to the same period and identified with what they perceive, they have tended to ascribe the feeling of relatedness to similar values and circumstances rather than to the formation of an unbroken tradition of appropriation.

(Text from the publisher)

Table of contents

Editors’ Introduction 7

I THEORETICAL OUTLOOKS

James Uden Untimely Antiquity: Walter Pater and the Vigil of Venus 17

Marco Formisano Fragments, Allegory, and Anachronicity: Walter Benjamin and Claudian 33

Jesús Hernández Lobato Late Antique Foundations of Postmodern Theory: A Critical Overview 51

II DECADENCE AND DECLINE

Olof Heilo Decline and Renascence: Re-reading the Late Antiquity of Jacob Burckhardt 73

Scott McGill Reading Against the Grain: Late Latin Literature in Huysmans’ À rebours . 85

Stefan Rebenich Late Antiquity, a Gentleman Scholar and the Decline of Cultures: Oswald Spengler and Der Untergang des Abendlandes  105

Sigrid Schottenius Cullhed Rome Post Mortem: The Many Returns of Rutilius Namatianus 121

Henriette Harich-Schwarzbauer Alma Johanna Koenig’s Der heilige Palast: The Rise and Fall of Theodora in the Belletrist of the Wiener Moderns  137

Chiara O. Tommasi A Byzantine Phaedra between Paganism, Heresy and Magic: The Tragic Fate of Silvana in La Fiamma by Ottorino Respighi and Claudio Guastalla (1934) 157

III CONTINUITIES AND TRANSFORMATION

Ad Putter Versifications of the Book of Jonah: Late Antique to Late Medieval  183

David Westberg Literary mimesis and the Late Antique Layer in John Doukas’ (or Phokas’) Description of Palestine  205

Helena Bodin “I Sank through the Centuries”: Late Antiquity Inscribed in Göran Tunström’s Novel The Thief  225

Catherine Conybeare Mundus totus exsilium est: On Being Out of Place 243

Notes on Contributors 257

Index  261

Link

https://www.winter-verlag.de/en/detail/978-3-8253-6787-9/Schottenius_ea_Eds_Reading_Late_Antiquity/

Pagans and Christians in the Late Roman Empire

New Evidence, New Approaches (4th-8th centuries)

Marianne Sághy and Edward M. Schoolman, Budapest: CEU Press, 2017

Description

Do the terms ‘pagan’ and ‘Christian,’ ‘transition from paganism to Christianity’ still hold as explanatory devices to apply to the political, religious and cultural transformation experienced Empire-wise? Revisiting ‘pagans’ and ‘Christians’ in Late Antiquity has been a fertile site of scholarship in recent years: the paradigm shift in the interpretation of the relations between ‘pagans’ and ‘Christians’ replaced the old ‘conflict model’ with a subtler, complex approach and triggered the upsurge of new explanatory models such as multiculturalism, cohabitation, cooperation, identity, or group cohesion. This collection of essays, inscribes itself into the revisionist discussion of pagan-Christian relations over a broad territory and time-span, the Roman Empire from the fourth to the eighth century. A set of papers argues that if ‘paganism’ had never been fully extirpated or denied by the multiethnic educated elite that managed the Roman Empire, ‘Christianity’ came to be presented by the same elite as providing a way for a wider group of people to combine true philosophy and right religion. The speed with which this happened is just as remarkable as the long persistence of paganism after the sea-change of the fourth century that made Christianity the official religion of the State. For a long time afterwards, ‘pagans’ and ‘Christians’ lived ‘in between’ polytheistic and monotheist traditions and disputed Classical and non-Classical legacies.

(Text from the publisher)

Table of contents

Marianne Sághy – Edward M. Schoolman, Introduction

LIVES
Maël Goarzin, The Importance of the Practical Life for Pagan and Christian Philosophers 
Linda Honey, Religious Profiling in the Miracles of Saint Thecla
Margarita Vallejo-Girvés, Empress Verina among the Pagans 
Anna Judit Tóth, John Lydus, Pagan and Christian 
Juana Torres, Marcus of Arethusa, Heretic and Martyr 

IDENTITIES
Monika Pesthy Simon, Imitatio Christi? Classical and Scriptural Literary Models of Martyrdom in Early Christianity 
Levente Nagy, Ascetic Christianity in Pannonian Martyr Stories? 
Jérôme Lagouanère, Uses and Meanings of ‘Paganus‘ in the works of Saint Augustine 
Ecaterina Lung, Religious Identity as seen by Historians and Chroniclers in the Sixth Century

CULTS
Branka Migotti, The cult of Sol Invictus and early Christianity in Aquae Iasae
Miriam Adan Jones, Conversion as Convergence: Gregory the Great confronting Pagan and Jewish Influences in Anglo-Saxon Christianity
Edward M. Schoolman, Religious Images and Contexts: “Christian” and “Pagan” Terracotta Lamps 

LANDSCAPES
Hristo Preshlenov, Believers in Transition: from Paganism to Christianity along the Southwestern Black Sea Coast (4th_6th centuries) 
Jozef Grzywaczewski – Daniel K. Knox, Glory, Decay and Hope: Goddess Roma in Sidonius Apollinaris’ Panegyrics 
Luciana Gabriela Soares Santoprete, Tracing the Connections between “Mainstream” Platonism and “Marginal” Platonism with Digital Tools

TOMBS
Ivan Basić, Pagan Tomb to Christian Church: The Case of Diocletian’s Mausoleum in Spalatum 
Olivér Gábor – Zsuzsa Katona Győr, Sopianae Revisited: Pagan or Christian Burials?
Elizabeth O’Brien, Impact beyond the Empire: Burial practices in Ireland (4th – 8th centuries)

Link

https://ceupress.com/book/pagans-and-christians-late-roman-empire-0

Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Plato in Antiquity

Harold Tarrant, Danielle A. Layne, Dirk Baltzly and François Renaud (eds), Leiden: Brill, 2017

Description