V. Calzolari, The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles in Armenian
(Studies on Early Christian Apocrypha 18), Leuven, 2022
Speaker: Valentina Calzolari
Discussant: Sebastian Brock
Tuesday, June 6, 5pm, Pembroke College, SCR Parlour
(Fellows’ Staircase, Chapel Quad)
This talk will give a short overview of the Christian
Apocrypha in Armenian and will stress the importance
of the apocryphal writings as evidence for a better
understanding of ancient Christianity in Armenia in its
different facets and in its relations with the neighboring
Christian communities. Focus will be placed on the
apocrypha related to the apostles of Armenia
(Thaddaeus and Bartholomew) and their relations with
the Syriac traditions about old Christianity of Edessa.
Special attention will be also devoted to the legend of
St Thecla (the disciple of the apostle Paul according to
the apocryphal Acts of Paul) and to the different
paradigms of holiness (virgin, martyr, apostle, and patroness of Nicaean
orthodoxy) that she embodies in the ancient Armenian historiographical literature
of the fifth century.
Valentina Calzolari is Professor in Armenian Studies at the University of Geneva and
Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford (January.-July 2021 and MayJuly 2023)
Sebastian Brock is Reader Emeritus in Syriac and Aramaic at the University of Oxford.