Intercultural Exchange in Late Antique Historiography (Gent Universiteit, 16-18 September 2015)


Wednesday 16 September

9.30-9.40: Opening Maria Conterno:
Found in Translation

9.40-10.20: C. Tavolieri (Rome) Historiography and Hagiographic texts: the Syriac Versions of
Palladius’ “Historia Lausiaca”

10.20-11.00: E. Delacenserie (Gent) The reception of Socrates of Constantinople’s “Ecclesiastical
History”: a case-study for intercultural exchanges

 11.30-12.20: C. Noce S. Robbe (Rome) Translating Eusebius’ “Church History” in the West and in the East: Rufinus and his contemporary Syriac colleague

12.20-13.00: General discussion

L.M. Frenkel (São Paulo) Coptic conciliar historiography: appropriation of history and the creation of the past between conciliar acts and hagiography in the Acts of Ephesus 431

14.40-15.20: A. Camplani (Rome) Religious and cultural otherness in Egyptian historiographical and
hagiographical texts of Late Antiquity: the transmission and manipulation of documents about non-
Egyptian groups and churches

16.00-16.40: P. Pilette (New York/Louvain-la-Neuve) Translation process and open tradition:

Transformation of historical knowledge through the “History of the Patriarchs of Alexandria”
16.40-17.20: J. Stutz (Basel) Eutychius of Alexandria, Constantine and the Arian legacy
17.20-17.50: General discussion

Thursday 17 September

Islam and the (Far) East
F. Furlan (Padova) The Mahdī and the Torah: curiosity and diffidence towards Jewish

written tradition in a chapter of the “Kitāb al-Fitan” by Nu’aym b. Ḥammād

10.10-10.50: S. Rapp (Huntsville, Texas) Historiographical Encounters of the Cross-Cultural Kind: The
Iranian Epic and Caucasian Historical Literature at the Margins of the Iranian and Byzantine Worlds

 11.20-12.00: G. Dabiri (Gent) Iranian Kings and Biblical Prophets in the construction of moral types in Early Islamic Historiography

12.00-12.40: J. Scheiner (Göttingen) The Byzantines in Early Islamic Historiography: Indicators for
‘cultural translation’ in al-Azdī’s Book on the Conquests of Syria

12.40-13.00: General Discussion

Latin and the (Far) West
R. Praet (Gent) Lingua Latina Perennis? The decline of Latin from an antiquarian perspective
14.40-15.20: F. Montinaro (Tübingen) Muhammad and Samo
15.20-16.00: General discussion followed by coffee (JAN DHONDT ROOM)

Friday 18 September

The in-between
S. Ford (Oxford) Intercultural Influences in the Samaritan Chronographic Tradition

9.40-10.20: J. Corke-Webster (Durham) Letters between Cultures: Jesus and Empire in Eusebius of
Caesarea’s “Ecclesiastical History”

10.20-11.00: P. Wood (London) Constantine in Mesopotamia. The fourth century in the Chronicle of Seert
11.00-11.30: coffee break (JAN DHONDT ROOM)

S. Johnson (University of Oklahoma) Form, content, and genre in Eastern

historiography: is anything not intercultural?

12.10-12.40: General discussion

Everyone who wishes to attend the conference is kindly asked to register by writing to Panagiotis
Manafis, (no registration fees required).

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