Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity

The Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity (CSLA) fosters interdisciplinary discussion and cooperation among University members who study the period extending from 200 to 800 CE in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Comprised of specialists in history, classics, religion, art and archaeology, and Near Eastern studies, the CSLA provides a forum for discussion among students, faculty, visiting scholars, and members of the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton Theological Seminary. The committee also organizes a program of public lectures, often in collaboration with other departments and programs.

The CSLA is under the aegis of the Council of the Humanities.

Upcoming Events

Lecture: Mark Johnson, "Octagonal Churches and Their Functions in Late Antiquity"

Mon, Mar 25, 2019, 4:30 pm
Location: McCormick 106

Workshop: "The Filologos and the Antiquarius"

Fri, Mar 29, 2019, 4:00 pm to Sun, Mar 31, 2019, 5:00 pm

Studying Language and Objects in Renaissance Europe

Location: 211 Dickinson Hall

Stewart Lecture: Karen King, "Reimagining the World: 'The Gospel of Mary'"

Mon, Apr 1, 2019, 4:30 pm

When early followers wrote narratives about Jesus, they were not just telling his history, they were engaged in reimagining the world.  Four of...

Location: East Pyne 010

Lecture: Joseph Sanzo, "At the Crossroads of Magic and Anti-Magical Discourse: The Classification of Ritual in a Late-Antique Coptic Codex (Leiden, Ms. AMS 9)"

Wed, Apr 3, 2019, 4:30 pm

Scholarship over the past several decades has properly recognized that slanderous statements against magic were not typically meant to describe...

Location: Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103

Seminar: Todd Berzon, "The Problem of Speech's Presence in Late Ancient Christianity"

Tue, Apr 9, 2019, 4:30 pm
Location: 1879 Hall

Faber Lecture: John Duffy, “Literary Style and Theological Substance in the Homilies of Sophronios of Jerusalem”

Wed, Apr 10, 2019, 4:30 pm

In writing about Sophronios of Jerusalem two ninth-century authors comment specifically on the patriarch’s literary style and correct beliefs.

Location: Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103

Conference: "Ērānshahr in the Age of Transition: West and Central Asia Between Late Antiquity and Islam"


The Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity sponsors the annual Peter R. Brown Prize for the best graduate student essay on any subject relating...

On Friday, December 7, Tina Shepardson, Department Head and Lindsay Young Professor, Department of Religious Studies at the University of...

From 1932 to 1939, a team of archaeologists from Princeton University led an excavation at Antioch, an ancient city located in modern-day Turkey...

Peter Brown, the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, Emeritus, was present to award his namesake prize, which is given annually to the...