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The rise of early christianity in Greece and the southern Balkans - 26-27/06/2017, Berlin (Germany)

The workshop will stimulate further scholarly discussion on the topic of the emergence and expansion of early Christianity in Asia Minor and Greece in antiquity and provide a final impulse for the publications currently in preparation and focusing on Macedonia, Galatia, the Maeander valley. It will also initiate a consultation for a collective volume edited by C. Breytenbach and C. Zimmermann on the rise of Early Christianity in Attica and Corinthia.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 26-27/06/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, (Berlin, Germany)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Cilliers Breytenbach ; Julien Ogereau ; Arianna Zischow

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09:00 - 09:15

Welcome Address

Cilliers Breytenbach – Institut für Christentum und Antike, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Klaus Hallof – Inscriptiones Graecae, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften

09:15 - 10:00

Early Christianity in Corinth: From Paul to 1st Clement

Larry Welborn – Department of Theology, Fordham University, New York, USA

10:00 - 10:45

Dionysius of Corinth and the history of Corinthian Christianity

Cavan Concannon – School of Religion, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 - 12:00

The archaeology of Christian burials in the region of Corinth

Joseph Lee Rife – Department of Classical Studies, Vanderbilt University, USA

12:00 - 12:45

Was Athens a ‘stronghold of paganism’?

The presence of early Christianity in the city and in the Attic countryside: Archaeological evidence from churches, cemeteries and inscriptions

Elli Tzavella – School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Open University of Cyprus

12:45 - 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 - 14:45

Formular der frühchristlichen Grabschriften von Attika und Corinthia: Chronologische und geographische Gesichtspunkte

Erkki Sironen – Department of Classical Philology, University of Helsinki, Finland

14:45 - 15:30

Christian archaeology, history and epigraphy in Achaia and the Peloponnese

Rebecca Sweetman – School of Classics, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 - 17:00

Editorial/Business Meeting: Early Christianity in and around Athens and Corinth

17:00 - 17:30


17:30 - 19:00

Early Christians in Corinth: Religious Insiders or Outsiders?

Jan Bremmer – Faculteit Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands

19:00 - 20:30



09:30 - 10:15

New inscriptions on the presence of Christians and Jews in Roman Macedonia

Pantelis Nigdelis – Department of History and Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

10:15 - 11:00

Early Christian episcopacies in Northern Macedonia: Epigraphy and archaeology

Slavica Babamova – Archaeological Museum of Macedonia, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Skopje

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 12:15

Shaping the city: The influence of Christianity in Stobi

Dimitar Nikolovski – National Institution Stobi, Gradsko, Macedonia

12:15 - 12:30

The Early Christian Epigraphy of Southern Thracia: A Preliminary Report

Maya Prodanova – Institut für Christentum und Antike, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 - 14:45

From Aphrodite(s) to Saint-Bishops in Late Antique Cyprus

Georgios Deligiannakis – Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus, Nicosia

14:45 - 15:30

The use of Greek in the early Christian inscriptions from Rome and Italy in III–IV AD

Antonio Enrico Felle – Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Antichità e del Tardoantico, Università degli Studi di Bari, Italy

15:30 - 15:40


Cilliers Breytenbach – Institut für Christentum und Antike, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

16:00 - 18:00

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