Day 1: Conference: The Late Antique Cult of Saints in Eastern Christianity

Thursday 4 May

09:15–09:45 Coffee & Tea
09:45–11:15 Plenary Session
CORNELIA HORN (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg) Memories of Mary among the Pilgrims in Early Byzantine Palestine
11:15–11:30 Break
11:30–13:00 Panel A: PIETY AND PRACTICE
Chair: Phil Booth
CALLAN MEYNELL (University of Oxford) Saint Demetrios and Thessaloniki in the Sixth and Seventh Centuries: The Rise and Fall of an Intercessor?
RAFAIL ZOULIS (Yale University) Swearing in Saints’ Shrines: Legal Oaths, Localised Law, and Hagiography in the Late Antique Mediterranean
KAROLINA TOMCZYSZYN (University of Warsaw) “Anoint your chest and eat some of the wax-salve”: The Use of “Holy Oils” in the Late Antique Cult of Saints in Eastern Christianity
13:00–14:00 Lunch Break
Chair: David Taylor TOM ALEXANDER (University of Oxford) The Ravenous Marwānid Lion and Constantine of the Khurasanis: Navigating the ʿAbbāsid Revolution in the Life of Khaʿīl I (d. 767)
GIULIA DI DOMENICO (University of Bologna) The Cult of the Cross-Dressing Saints and the Legitimisation of Gender Metamorphosis
GEORGE RAMBOW (Princeton Theological Seminary) The Invention of Cyprian of Antioch
15:30–15:45 Break
15:45–17:00 Visit to the Ashmolean Museum
18:00 Social drinks at the Royal Oak Pub

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Please register for in person attendance by the deadline, 2 May.