Pagans and Christians in the Late Roman Empire, Colloque à Budapest, 6-10 mars

Du 6 au 10 mars 2013 aura lieu à Budapest (Hongrie) un colloque consacré aux relations entre chrétiens et païens dans l’Antiquité Tardive, dont le programme est disponible ici. Pour un compte-rendu de ce colloque, allez lire ce billet, et celui-là!

J’ai la chance de pouvoir participer à ce colloque, au cours duquel je donnerai une conférence sur l’importance de la vie pratique dans les biographies païennes et chrétiennes de l’Antiquité Tardive. Dans cette intervention, j’aimerais montrer les objectifs communs poursuivis par les biographes païens et chrétiens, à savoir proposer au lecteur un modèle de vertu pour vivre au quotidien. Plus particulièrement, il s’agit de montrer que la vie d’action et d’attention à l’autre possède également une place centrale dans les biographies, à côté de la vie contemplative sur laquelle se focalise généralement l’attention. A travers la lecture de la Vie de Plotin écrite par Porphyre et de la Vie de sainte Macrine écrite par Grégoire de Nysse, j’aimerais montrer la continuité que l’on peut voir au sein d’un même genre littéraire utilisé par le paganisme et le christianisme.

A noter également l’intervention de Luciana Soares, rédactrice du carnet de recherche Philosophie et gnosticisme dans l’Antiquité Tardive, qui évoquera les relations entre les traditions philosophiques et religieuses.

Voici l’affiche officielle:

Programme Colloque Budapest

Et voici le programme détaillé, avec le titre des différentes interventions:


Thursday March 7 CEU Budapest (Nádor utca 9)
Popper Room
10-10:30 am Marianne Sághy (Budapest) Welcome and Introductory Remarks
What’s new pagans and Christians?

10: 30-12:30 pm Cities, Sophists, Bishops

Chair: Rita Lizzi Testa (Perugia)
Josef Rist (Bochum) Conversion in a late antique city: The Life of Bishop Porphyry of Gaza by Mark the Deacon
Raffaella Cribiore (New York) The sophist Libanius as a grey pagan
Wolf Liebeschuetz (Nottingham) A view from Cyrrhus: Theodoret’s ‘Affectionum graecarum curatio’
Samuel Provost (Nancy) Living side by side in a changing urban landscape: Christians, Pagans and Jews in Philippi (4th-6th centuries)

12:30 -1:30 lunch break

1:30- 3 pm Religion and Philosophy
Chair: Marianne Sághy (Budapest)

Luciana Soares Santoprete (Paris) Relations between philosophical and religious traditions
Róbert Somos (Pécs) Sentences as elements of philosophia moralis: Adaptations of a pagan literary form in the Works of Rufinus of Aquileia
Maël Goarzin (Lausanne) Pagan and Christian biography in late antiquity: On the importance of practical life for pagan and Christian philosophers

3-3:30 Coffee break

3:30-5 pm Cohabitation and/or Conversion
Chair: Michele R. Salzman (Riverside)
Zsófia Buzádi-Sallai (Budapest) A pagan who converted and became bishop
Margarita Vallejo-Girvés (Alcalá) Empress Verina among the pagans
Miriam Adan Jones (Amsterdam) Conversion as convergence: Understanding Gregory the Great’s attitude toward pagan and Jewish influences in Anglo-Saxon Christianity

5:30-6:30 pm keynote lecture
CEU Auditorium
Chair: Wolf Liebeschuetz
Alan Cameron (New York) Were pagans afraid to speak their mind?

7 pm Buffet dinner

Friday March 8 CEU Budapest
10am -12 pm Social and Economic Relations – Civic Life
Popper Room
Chair: Josef Rist (Bochum)
Joseph Grzywaczewski (Paris) Sidonius Apollinaris’s pagan vision of Roma bellatrix in Christian Rome
Lucy Grig (Edinburgh) Late antique popular culture and the creation of “paganism”: the Case of the Kalends of January
Sofie Remijsen (Leuven) Christianizing the rhythm of life? Sundays in late antique papyri
Jaclyn Maxwell (Ohio) Social relations and status anxiety across religious divides in late antiquity

12-12:30 Coffee Break

12:30-2:30 Religious Profiling
Popper Room
Chair: Maijastina Kahlos (Helsinki)

Jerome Lagouanère (Montpellier) The figure of ‘Paganus’ in the Works of Augustine of Hippo

Linda Honey (Calgary) Religious profiling in the Miracles of St. Thekla

Monika Pesthy Simon (Budapest) Martyres versus Pharmakoi

Volker Menze (Budapest) The dark side of holiness: Fear, punishment, death and Barsaumo ‘the Roasted’

2:30-3:30 lunch break

Parallel sessions!
3:30-5:30 pm Historical Perceptions
Popper Room
Chair: Hartwin Brandt (Bamberg)
Mar Marcos (Cantabria) Eusebius and Maximinus Daia
Anna Tóth (Budapest) John Lydus as pagan and Christian
Juana Torres (Cantabria) Rhetoric and historical deformation: Marcus of Arethusa, heretic and martyr
Ecaterina Lung (Bucharest) Religious identity as seen by 6th-century historians and chroniclers

3:30-5 pm Pagan and Christian Burials I.
Gellner Room
Chair: Levente Nagy (Pécs)

Monica Hellström (Providence) Circiform funerary basilicas in Rome in the context of previous burial places
Elizabeth O’Brien (Dublin) Impact beyond the Empire: Burial practices in Ireland (4th – 8th centuries)
Claudia-Maria Behling (Vienna) Pagan garden to Christian paradise: Early Christianity in the eastern Transdanubian Region

5:30-6 pm Coffee Break

6-8 pm Pagans, Christians and Material Culture: Artistic Crossovers
Popper Room
Chair: Lucy Grig (Edinburgh)

Rita Lizzi Testa (Perugia) The Economy of pagan temples and Christian churches
Edward M. Schoolman (Nevada) Religious images and contexts: “Christian” and “pagan” terracotta lamps
Dino Milinović (Zagreb) Pagan, Christian, or “secular”? The problem of the silver plate
Steven D. Smith (New York) Pagan literary mimésis in Christian Constantinople: The devotional epigrams of Agathias’ s Cycle

Saturday March 9 Pécs/Sopianae, Late Antique Cemetery
Cella Septichora Visitor Center (Pécs, Szent István tér)

12-2 pm The Archaeology of Christianisation
Chair: Zsolt Visy (Pécs)
Mustafa Şahin (Bursa) Myndos Rabbit Island (Tavşan Adası): from pagan sanctuary to Christian monastery
Branka Migotti (Zagreb) The cult of Sol Invictus and early Christianity in Southern Pannonia
Hristo Preshlenov (Sofia) Pagans and Christianisation along the South-West Black Sea Coast in the provinces of Scythia, Moesia Secunda and Haemimontos
Roy Flechner (Dublin) Economic change and conversion to Christianity in early medieval Britain and Ireland: consequence or coincidence?

2-3 pm Coffee break and poster exhibition

Zsolt Visy (Pécs) Sopianae and Valeria in the late Roman period
Levente Nagy (Pécs) Christian objects from Pannonia
István Lovász (Pécs) The northern cemetery of Sopianae in 3D
Marijana Vuković (Budapest/Oslo) Saint Irenaeus of Sirmium
Ferenc Fazekas (Pécs) – Antal Szabó (Paks) “Pagan” and Christian culture in Lussonium
Réka Neményi (Pécs) Early Christian cross-bow brooches
Stefanie Hofbauer (Vienna) Finger rings from Antiquity to Christianity
Alessandra Bravi – Silvia Margutti (Perugia) Transformation of sacred spaces: Constantinople and the Eastern Empire
Roy Flechner (Dublin) Converting the Isles

3-4:30 pm Pagan and Christian Burials II.
Chair: Dino Milinović (Zagreb)
Radu Ota (Alba Iulia) Pagans and Christians in Dacia in the light of funerary rites
Ivan Basic (Split) From Sepulcrum divi Diocletiani to Ecclesia gloriosae Virginis: New propositions on the Christianisation of Diocletian’s mausoleum in Spalato
Olivér Gábor (Pécs) Pagan and Christian burial customs in Sopianae
4:30-5 pm Concluding remarks
Chair: Danielle Slootjes (Nijmegen)
Michele R. Salzman (Riverside)

5-6:30 pm Guided tour of the Late Antique Cemetery of Sopianae with Zsolt Visy, Levente Nagy and Olivér Gábor
6:30-7:30 pm closing lecture
Chair: Alan Cameron (New York)
Hartwin Brandt (Bamberg) Constantine and Rome between Pagans and Christians
8 pm Dinner (Restaurant Pezsgőház, Pécs, Szent István tér)

Crédits photographiques: Hungarian Parliament, par szeke, Licence CC-BY-NC-SA.

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  1. In fact, in my talk I will illustrate the project « Philosophy and Gnosticism in late antiquity » which is being developed at the Laboratoire d’Excellence Européen d’Histoire et Anthropologie des Savoirs, des Techniques et des Croyances (LabEX-HASTEC), Centre Jean Pépin, UPR 76, CNRS, Paris, France.

    This project aims to provide the necessary elements for resolving the methodological problems facing contemporary scholarship on the relationship between Plotinian and Gnostic by developing a new database and bibliographical index where the relevant works are presently being collected together, the thematic and lexical parallels between these two bodies of thought systematically explored, the principal terms analysed, as well as an overview provided of the themes and texts studied up to the present, the repetition or the originality of the arguments of scholars throughout the history of the respective fields, and the historical reasons for their approaches.

    These two research tools will thus provide a « cartography » so to speak of the history of scholarship on the links between the philosophical and Gnostic traditions and will offer the research community the possibility of carrying out interdisciplinary research between the philosophical and Gnostic corpuses with respect to vocabulary, doctrines and bibliography. They will therefore contribute to the advancement of research in this area on a more secure basis and open up new perspectives in philosophical work on this important debate which engaged Christians and non-Christians in antiquity.

    Furthermore, the methodology developed for the design of the database is highly original in the domain of humanities digitalisation projects and could serve as a model for other similar databases in the arts and humanities.

    This project, which is multidisciplinary and multilingual, involving several fields of research and several different languages, both the original languages of the authors studied and the languages of the relevant modern scholarship, can also serve a broad public: researchers and students in the disciplines of history of philosophy and classical and late antiquity, as well as the history of early Christianity.

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