After Rome Seminar

One of our Coptic specialists, Gesa Schenke, will give a lecture at the After Rome Seminar, with the title:

‘The healing shrines of St Phoibammon: Evidence of cult activity in Coptic legal documents’

Time: 11 June 2015, 5 pm

Venue: Trinity College Oxford, Danson Room

Colloquium: The Saints Envisioned

On Friday 12 June, the Cult of Saints Project, in association with the Empires of Faith Project, is co-organisinga colloquium dedicated to the iconography of saints in late antique art:

The Saints Envisioned: Visual Representations of Saints in the Fourth to Eighth Centuries

Six talks will be given by members of the two project teams (Jaś Elsner, Bryan Ward-Perkins, Maria Lidova, and Efthymios Rizos) and guest speakers (John Mitchell and Ine Jacobs), discussing aspects of the emergent iconography of saints in Christian art.


Time: 12 June 2015, 9.00 – 17.00

Venue: Ertegun House, 37a St. Giles’, Oxford.

Attendance is free, but space is limited, so registration is essential. To book a place, please, write to:


Recent conference presentations

Project team members Marta Tycner and Robert Wiśniewski took part in the conference `Miracles and Wonders in Antiquity and Byzantium’ at the University of Cyprus (Nicosia, 16-18 October 2014). Marta was talking on the “Solomon’s throne of the Byzantine emperors: Wonder, miracle and technology” and Robert on “Spreading the belief in miracles toward the West”.

Robert Wiśniewski also presented two papers at the Central European University in Budapest: “Handling the bones. How did the late antique Christians start to touch relics?” (Institue for Advanced Study, 29 October 2014) and “And we saw it with our own eyes… The sense of vision and the cult relics in Late Antiquity” (The Cult of saints Colloquia, Department of Medieval Studies, 25 November 2014).