L’Au-delà dans l’Antiquité tardive

Courants philosophiques et religieux païen


Session du matin. Modération : Pierre Caye.

10h20-11h. Nicola Zito : « Mythe et eschatologie dans l’Antiquité tardive »

11h-12h. Michael Chase : « Eschatologies du corps spirituel : Porphyre et Avicenne »

12h-14h : déjeuner

Session de l’après-midi. Modération : Anca Vasiliu. 

14h-14h40. Lucia Saudelli : « L’inexistence de l’au-delà : pythagorisme, néo-pythagorisme et pseudo-pythagorisme »

14h40-15h20. Anna van den Kerchove : « Le voyage de l’âme dans des écrits hermétiques »

15h20-16h00. Luc Brisson : « La descente de l’âme dans un corps et le retour vers son origine : Plotin et Porphyre »

16h-16h30 : pause

16h30-17h10. Andreea-Maria Lemnaru : « L’au-delà dans les Oracles Chaldaïques »

17h10-17h50. Dylan Burns : « Sex, Death, and Free Will in Basilides, Bardaisan, and Origen »

18h. Conclusion : Adrien Lecerf


Adresse : Salle des Thèses, 15 rue de l’École de Médecine, 75006

Sorbonne Université, Campus des Cordeliers

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Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum

Praying and Contemplating in Late Antiquity

Religious and Philosophical Interactions

Eleni Pachoumi and Mark Edwards, Heidelberg: Mohr Siebeck, 2018


The present volume is focused on the interactions and syncretistic tensions between religion and philosophy in Late Antiquity. The contributors examine issues of personal religious attitudes, initiation to the mysteries, Orphism, theurgy, magic, the Neoplatonist philosopher’s quest for intimacy or union with the divine, magic and Christianity, and oracles, dream-visions and divination.

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Table of contents

Eleni Pachoumi and Mark Edwards – Introduction

John Dillon – Prayer and Contemplation in the Neoplatonic and Sufi Traditions

Eleni Pachoumi – Magico-religious and Philosophical Interactions in Proclus’ Theurgic Unions

John F. Finamore – Reason and Irrationality: Iamblichus on Divination through Dreams

Mark Wildish – Iamblichus on the Language of Prayer

Wayne J. Hankey – Ratio, Preces, Intuitus: Prayer’s Mediation in Boethius’ Consolation

John Hilton – Public and Private Prayer in the Works of the Emperor Julian

Mark Edwards – Primitive Christianity and Magic

Bronwen Neil – Dream-visions, Prophecy and Contemplation in Origen’s Contra Celsum

Annemaré Kotzé – Augustine Addressing God and Man in the Confessions

Matthew W. Dickie – The Meaning of Initiation in Late Antiquity

Lech Trzcionkowski – Hieroi Logoi in 24 Rhapsodies. The Orphic Codex?

Philip Bosman – The End of the Ancient Oracles: From Deception to Dangerous Demons

List of Authors/Contributors

Index of Ancient Authors

Index of References

Index of Subjects


Collège de France

Agir et Subir

Femmes et familles face aux mutations de l’époque hellénistique

Description et organisation

Mme Eftychia Stavrianopoulou, professeure d’histoire ancienne à l’université de Heidelberg (Allemagne), invitée sur la proposition de la professeure Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge, donnera une série de conférences sur le sujet « Femmes et familles face aux mutations de l’époque hellénistique« 


  1. Histoire de la famille et histoire des femmes : deux histoires différentes ou complémentaires ?
  2. Dans les familles : pratiques traditionnelles et nouveaux enjeux
  3. Dans la sphère publique : stratégies familiales en représentation et transformations sociales
  4. Discours et normes : la construction de la famille-idéale et de la femme-idéale


Collège de France (11, place Marcelin-Berthelot, Paris 5e)

jeudis 9, 16 et 23 mai 2019

à 18 heures en salle 5 et le mardi 21 mai à 18 heures

l’amphithéâtre Guillaume Budé

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New Antiquities

Transformations of Ancient Religion in the New Age and Beyond

Dylan Michael Burns and Almut-Barbara Renger (eds.), Leiden: Brill, 2019


Just as we speak of “dead” languages, we say that religions “die out.” Yet sometimes, people try to revive them, today more than ever. New Antiquities addresses this phenomenon through critical examination of how individuals and groups appeal to, reconceptualize, and reinvent the religious world of the ancient Mediterranean as they attempt to legitimize developments in contemporary religious culture and associated activity. Drawing from the disciplines of religious studies, archaeology, history, philology, and anthropology, New Antiquities explores a diversity of cultic and geographic milieus, ranging from Goddess Spirituality to Neo-Gnosticism, from rural Oregon to the former Yugoslavia. As a survey of the reception of ancient religious works, figures, and ideas in later twentieth-century and contemporary alternative religious practice, New Antiquities will interest classicists, Egyptologists, and historians of religion of many stripes, particularly those focused on modern Theosophy, Gnosticism, Neopaganism, New Religious Movements, Magick, and Occulture. The book is written in a lively and engaging style that will appeal to professional scholars and advanced undergraduates as well as lay scholars.

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Table of Contents

1 – Introduction: What are New Antiquities? – Dylan Michael Burns, Almut-Barbara Renger

2 – ‘From Aphrodite to Kuan Yin’ – ‘The Tao of Venus’ and its Modern Genealogy: Invoking Ancient Goddesses in Cos(met)ic Acupuncture – Almut-Barbara Renger

3 – Ancient Goddesses for Modern Times or New Goddesses from Ancient Times? – Meret Fehlmann

4 – The Artifice of Daidalos: Modern Minoica as Religious Focus in Contemporary Paganism – Caroline Jane Tully

5 – Transforming Deities: Modern Pagan Projects of Revival and Reinvention – Kathryn Rountree

6 – Archaeology, Historicity and Homosexuality in the New Cultus of Antinous: Perceptions of the Past in a Contemporary Pagan Religion – Ethan Doyle White

7 – Reading History with the Essenes of Elmira – Anne Kreps

8 – The Jungian Gnosticism of the Ecclesia Gnostica – Olav Hammer

9 – The Impact of Scholarship on Contemporary “Gnosticism(s)”: A Case Study on the Apostolic Johannite Church and Jeremy Puma – Matthew Dillon

10 – Studying the “Gnostic Bible”: Samael Aun Weor and the Pistis Sophia – Franz Winter

11 – Binding Images: The Contemporary Use and Efficacy of Late Antique Ritual Sigils, Spirit-Beings, and Design Elements – Jay Johnston

12 – (Neo-)Bogomil Legends: The Gnosticizing Bogomils of the Twentieth-Century Balkans – Dylan Michael Burns,Nemanja Radulovic

Index – Dylan Michael Burns,Almut-Barbara Renger


Guide to the Study of Ancient Magic

David Frankfurter (ed), Leiden: Brill, 2019


In the midst of academic debates about the utility of the term “magic” and the cultural meaning of ancient words like mageia or khesheph, this Guide to the Study of Ancient Magic seeks to advance the discussion by separating out three topics essential to the very idea of magic. The three major sections of this volume address (1) indigenous terminologies for ambiguous or illicit ritual in antiquity; (2) the ancient texts, manuals, and artifacts commonly designated “magical” or used to represent ancient magic; and (3) a series of contexts, from the written word to materiality itself, to which the term “magic” might usefully pertain. The individual essays in this volume cover most of Mediterranean and Near Eastern antiquity, with essays by both established and emergent scholars of ancient religions. In a burgeoning field of “magic studies” trying both to preserve and to justify critically the category itself, this volume brings new clarity and provocative insights. This will be an indispensable resource to all interested in magic in the Bible and the Ancient Near East, ancient Greece and Rome, Early Christianity and Judaism, Egypt through the Christian period, and also comparative and critical theory.

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Table of contents


Ancient Magic in a New Key: Refining an Exotic Discipline in the History of Religions – David Frankfurter

The Plan of This Volume – David Frankfurter

Cultural Constructions of Ambiguous, Unsanctioned, or Illegitimate Ritual – David Frankfurter

Mesopotamia – Daniel Schwemer

Iran – Albert de Jong

Egypt – Jacco Dieleman

Greece – Fritz Graf

Ancient Israel and Early Judaism – Yuval Harari

Rome and the Roman Empire – Magali Bailliot

Early Christianity – Joseph E. Sanzo

Roman and Byzantine Egypt – Jacques van der Vliet

The Materials of Ancient Magic – David Frankfurter

The Greco-Egyptian Magical Papyri – Jacco Dieleman

Christian Spells and Manuals from Egypt – Jacques van der Vliet

Binding Spells on Tablets and Papyri – Esther Eidinow

Jewish Amulets, Magic Bowls, and Manuals in Aramaic and Hebrew – Gideon Bohak

Gems – Véronique Dasen and Árpád M. Nagy

Figurines, Images, and Representations Used in Ritual Practices – Andrew T. Wilburn

Textual Amulets and Writing Traditions in the Ancient World – Roy D. Kotansky

Building Ritual Agency: Foundations, Floors, Doors, and Walls – Andrew T. Wilburn

Dimensions of a Category Magic – David Frankfurter

Spell and Speech Act: The Magic of the Spoken Word – David Frankfurter

The Magic of Writing in Mediterranean Antiquity – David Frankfurter

Magic and the Forces of Materiality – David Frankfurter

The Magical Elements of Mysticism: Ritual Strategies for Encountering Divinity – Naomi Janowitz

Magic and Theurgy – Sarah Iles Johnston

Magic as the Local Application of Authoritative Tradition – David Frankfurter

Magic and Social Tension – Esther Eidinow


Greek Writers and Philosophers in Philo and Josephus

A Study of Their Secular Education and Educational Ideals

Erkki Koskenniemi, Leiden: Brill, 2019


In Greek Writers and Philosophers in Philo and Josephus Erkki Koskenniemi investigates how two Jewish writers, Philo and Josephus, quoted, mentioned and referred to Greek writers and philosophers. He asks what this tells us about their Greek education, their contacts with Classical culture in general, and about the societies in which Philo and Josephus lived. Although Philo in Alexandria and Josephus in Jerusalem both had the possibility to acquire a thorough knowledge of Greek language and culture, they show very different attitudes. Philo, who was probably admitted to the gymnasium, often and enthusiastically refers to Greek poets and philosophers. Josephus on the other hand rarely quotes from their works, giving evidence of a more traditionalistic tendencies among Jewish nobility in Jerusalem.

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Table of contents


Philo: Offspring from Sarah and Hagar

Josephus: It Is Difficult to Transplant an Old Tree

Philo and Josephus




Une Antiquité-monde?

Pour une histoire polycentrée de l’Antiquité greco-romaine

Description et organisation

À l’image des études postcoloniales, exemples de nouvelles instrumentalisations, l’Antiquité gréco-romaine a, elle aussi, en son temps, été instrumentalisée pour écrire le grand récit de l’histoire occidentale. Tout comme les grands empires qui ont légitimé leur domination par l’exemple grec ou romain, les nationalismes européens contemporains et les états décolonisés s’inventent aujourd’hui des ancêtres préromains qui auraient résisté.

Florence Dupont est professeur émérite à l’Université Paris-Diderot et directrice de programme au Collège International de philosophie. Elle est l’auteure de nombreux ouvrages sur l’antiquité grecque et latine, tant en matière de théâtre que de littérature.

Les mardis de l’IEAoLU sont un cycle de conférences organisé dans le cadre du partenariat de l’IEA avec le lieu unique, chaque deuxième mardi du mois (à 18 heures) et ouvert au public (entrée libre). L’intervenant invité présente un sujet et un chercheur résident de l’IEA donne un éclairage complémentaire (en tant que « discutant »). La discussion s’engage ensuite avec le public. Chaque conférence traite, en français, d’un grand sujet de société et d’actualité ayant une forte dimension internationale.


Mardi 2 avril
18 heures
Au lieu unique, à Nantes
Dans le cadre du cycle de conférences IEAoLU
Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles


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Roma, la città degli dèi

La capitale dell’Impero come laboratorio religioso

Corinne Bonnet, Ennio Sanzi, Roma: Carocci, 2018


All’Vrbs, Orbis per vocazione, conducono tutte le vie attraverso le quali usi e costumi “stranieri”, in particolare i culti, giungono nella capitale dell’Impero e la trasformano. Non sempre in un clima idilliaco e indolore, Roma caput mundi vede tradizioni, usanze e norme spesso di portata ancestrale coabitare assieme a externae superstitiones; il “naturale” risultato è la messa in opera di un compromesso creativo, capace di garantire tanto distinzione e prestigio quanto legami e certezze, e comunque la pax deorum che regge la “fatale” missione di Roma. Attraverso i vari racconti che compongono il libro – storie di gente, potere, spazi, immagini e simboli più o meno condivisi – si dà corpo e complessità a Roma, autentico laboratorio multiculturale, dalla fine della Res publica fino ai cambiamenti epocali del IV secolo.

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«Il laboratorio comune della terra» di Corinne Bonnet e Ennio Sanzi

 Parte prima

Vettori e attori di culto

  1. Su alcuni fedeli della Mater Magna di Françoise Van Haeperen

Il gallo Genucio, né uomo né donna/Il dendroforo Poblicio Ilaro, mercante di perle/Conclusioni

  1. Marco Volusio: un magistrato in fuga travestito da Anubis di Laurent Bricault e Valentino Gasparini

La fuga di Marco Volusio nel 43 a.C./Il contesto storico del racconto di Valerio Massimo/La fuga di Domiziano nel 69 d.C./Intrighi amorosi nel tempio di Iside sotto il regno di Tiberio/Conclusioni

  1. Plotino a Roma tra politica, religione e filosofia di Riccardo Chiaradonna

Plotino nella Roma del III secolo/La polemica antignostica/L’atteggiamento verso la politica e la religione

  1. Vettio Agorio Pretestato: aristocrazia romana, “culti orientali” e cristianesimo di Francesco Massa

Una vita esemplare alla “fine del paganesimo”/L’aristocrazia romana del iv secolo tra pagani e cristiani/Il cumulo delle cariche religiose/Una vita di coppia tra pietà, iniziazioni e immortalità/La carriera di Pretestato come specchio della religione tradizionale romana

  1. Iuppiter Dolichenus e i militari tra Celio ed Esquilino di Ennio Sanzi

Iuppiter Optimus Maximus Dolichenus: un dio “orientale”/La devozione “militare” dolichena sul Celio/La devozione “militare” dolichena sull’Esquilino

Parte seconda

Culti stranieri e orientamento politico

  1. La frigia Cybele e le Guerre puniche di Valentina D’Alessio

Il contesto storico-politico/Il ruolo della divinazione/L’ideologia del trasferimento/L’assetto del culto

  1. Anubis: principato e poesia a Roma di Ennio Sanzi

Ovidio e i poeti “contemporanei”/Teletusa, Isis e Anubis latrator/Cleopatra, Isis e Anubis latrator/Properzio e la devozione isiaca/Virgilio, Properzio, Ovidio: a ognuno il suo Anubis latrator

  1. I Flavi, Roma e il culto di Isis di Laurent Bricault e Valentino Gasparini

Vespasiano: un esempio di Realpolitik/La politica religiosa di Vespasiano, aspirante imperatore/La politica religiosa degli eredi di Vespasiano, Tito e Domiziano

  1. Un dio siriano alla corte di Giulia Domna e di Elagabalo di Nicole Belayche

Le principesse dei Severi, ovvero delle siriane sul Palatino/Combinare l’Impero di Roma e il sacerdozio di un dio straniero?/Heliogabalus, dio di Emesa che domina sul Tevere/«Secondo il rito del suo paese d’origine»/«Che a Roma non fosse venerato altro dio al di fuori di Heliogabalus»/Quando l’identità è nel costume/Alessandro Severo: l’imperatore che rifiutò di passare per un siriano

  1. Costantino, Pietro e la trasformazione di Roma di Lorenzo Bianchi

La conversione di Costantino/Nuovi riferimenti topografici e primo sviluppo della città cristiana/Pietro, nuovo fulcro di Roma cristiana/Costantino e Pietro

Parte terza

Coabitazioni cultuali

  1. Templi, associazioni e sacerdozi di Jörg Rüpke

Introduzione/“Infrastrutture” religiose?/Associazioni/Collegisacerdotali/Conclusioni

  1. Ostia: un microcosmo religioso di Françoise Van Haeperen

Divinità ancestrali e divinità straniere nei santuari pubblici di Ostia/Divinità ancestrali e divinità straniere nei luoghi di culto delle associazioni

  1. Incontri e coabitazioni nel santuario di Iuppiter Dolichenus sull’Aventino di Ennio Sanzi

Il Dolocenum sull’Aventino: residenza di divinità grecoromane e “orientali”/Iuppiter Optimus Maximus Dolichenus e le divinità tradizionali/Iuppiter Optimus Maximus Dolichenus e le divinità “orientali”

  1. Gli dèi di Palmira nel cuore di Roma di Corinne Bonnet

Palmira, città cosmopolita, crocevia di scambi/Un altare bilingue dedicato a Malakbêl/Chi è Malakbêl?/A Roma, fra Testaccio e Gianicolo/Conclusioni

  1. Divinità romane e “orientali” sul Gianicolo di Nicole Belayche

L’installazione topografica degli orientali a Roma/La coabitazione tra divinità romane e dèi venuti dall’Oriente/Un devoto di esemplare integrazione: Marco Antonio Gaionas/L’evoluzione del santuario nel iv secolo: un “serapeo”/Conclusioni

  1. Da Tanit cartaginese alla Dea Caelestis sul Campidoglio di Claudia Santi

Premessa/Tanit a Cartagine/Tanit a Roma/Da Tanit alla Dea Caelestis

Parte quarta

Immagini e simboli

  1. La tauroctonia mitriacadi Francesca Prescendi

Il culto di Mithra nell’Impero romano/Tauroctonia e sacrificio/La tauroctonia nella mitologia di Mithra/Il culto di Mithra/Conclusioni

  1. Lamine votive e triangoli dolichenidi Ennio Sanzi

Le divinità tradizionali, gli imperatori divinizzati, il mos maiorum e Iuppiter Optimus Maximus Dolichenus/Iuppiter Optimus Maximus, Iuppiter Optimus Maximus Dolichenus e le lamine votive/I triangoli votivi: un compendio di teologia dolichena

  1. Un obelisco per Antinoodi Laurent Bricault e Valentino Gasparini

Vita, morte e divinizzazione di Antinoo/Il culto di Antinoo fuori dall’Egitto/La tomba di Antinoo

Parte quinta

Magia ed esotismo

  1. Lo sguardo di Roma sull’Oriente di Nicole Belayche

L’Oriente non è una nozione geografica/Un Oriente popolato da “barbari” e da “popoli di buona reputazione”/Riflessi identitari di fronte all’immigrazione a ovest delle popolazioni orientali/I tratti presunti di un’“identità orientale”/Il caso degli Egiziani e degli Ebrei/Conclusioni

  1. Lo sguardo cristiano sui “culti orientali” di Francesco Massa

Minucio Felice: nemici diversi ma uguali accuse/Firmico Materno: l’origine diabolica dei “culti orientali”/Due poemi cristiani: ridere dell’aristocrazia romana e dei suoi culti/L’immaginario cristiano e la moderna storia degli studi

  1. Magia contro mos maiorum: una sfida “senza storia” di Ennio Sanzi

Un rito magico va a vuoto/Augustales, Flaviales et ordo decurionum/Iuppiter Optimus Maximus e il tempio sul Campidoglio/Il legame indissolubile tra Iuppiter Optimus Maximus e l’Vrbs: il funus gentilicium, la toga virilis e il triumphus/Iuppiter Vindex/Magia contro mos maiorum: «Il sugo di tutta la storia»

  1. Divinità romane e straniere nelle gemme e nei papiri magici di Attilio Mastrocinque

Il dio solare/La dea lunare/Il dio della notte e dei morti/Il dio a forma di uccello/Immagini geroglifiche del potere divino/Conclusioni

Conclusioni. «Attraverso i secoli mille strade portano gli uomini a Roma» di Corinne Bonnet e Ennio Sanzi

Cronologia degli imperatori romani fino al 476 d.C.




KU Leuven


Description and organization

An interdisciplinary portal of papyrological and epigraphical resources formerly Egypt and the Nile valley (800 BC-AD 800), now expanding to the Ancient World in general.

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The Cult of Mithras in Late Antiquity

Development, Decline and Demise ca. A.D. 270-430

David Walsh, Leiden: Brill, 2018


In The Cult of Mithras in Late Antiquity David Walsh explores how the cult of Mithras developed across the 3rd and 4th centuries A.D. and why by the early 5th century the cult had completely disappeared. Contrary to the traditional narrative that the cult was violently persecuted out of existence by Christians, Walsh demonstrates that the cult’s decline was a far more gradual process that resulted from a variety of factors. He also challenges the popular image of the cult as a monolithic entity, highlighting how by the 4th century Mithras had come to mean different things to different people in different places.

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Table of Contents


The Development of the Cult of Mithras in Late Antiquity

The Decline of the Cult I: The Evidence

The Decline of the Cult II: Explaining the Decline

The Fate of Mithraea


Gazetteer of Mithraea Active in the 4th c. and Those That Exhibit Evidence of Christian Iconoclasm

Mithraea Constructed and Repaired ca. AD 201–400

Late Antique Archaeology