Graduate Book Club

The CSLA graduate student book club meets throughout the academic year to discuss new books in the field of Late Antiquity, broadly construed. For information, please contact Lucas McMahon or Elliot Wilson .  


2017-2018

  • October 3, 2017 - Khodadad Rezakhani, A State of Mixture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity
  • October 26, 2017 - Kyle Harper, The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire
  • November 15, 2017 - Shahab Ahmed, Before Orthodoxy: The Satanic Verses in Early Islam
  • November 29, 2017 - Edward Watts, Hypatia: The Life and Legend of an Ancient Philosopher
  • December 13, 2017 - Eve Krakowski, Coming of Age in Medieval Egypt: Female Adolescence, Jewish Law, and Ordinary Culture
  • TBA - Scott Fitzgerald Johnson, Literary Territories: Cartographical Thinking in late Antiquity
  • March 6, 2018 - Noel Lenski, Constantine and the Cities

2016-2017

  • October 5, 2016 - Richard Payne, A State of Mixture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity
  • October 19, 2016 - Shahab Ahmed, What is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic
  • November 17, 2016 - George E. Demacopoulos, The Invention of Peter
  • December 6, 2016 - Shai Secunda, The Iranian Talmud
  • February 15, 2017 - Walter D. Ward, Mirage of the Saracen
  • March 8, 2017 - Martha Himmelfarb, Jewish Messiahs in a Christian Empire
  • March 27, 2017 - Paolo Squatriti, Landscape and Change in Early Medieval Italy
  • April 19, 2017 - Matthew P. Canepa, The Two Eyes of the Earth: Art and Ritual of Kingship between Rome and Sasanian Iran
  • May 16, 2017 - Kevin T. van Bladel, From Sasanian Mandaeans to Ṣābians of the Marshes

2015-2016

  • November 12, 2015 - John Gager, Who Made Early Christianity?: The Jewish Lives of the Apostle Paul
  • December 3, 2015 - Edward J. Watts, The Final Pagan Generation
  • January 7, 2016 - Daniel Boyarin, A Traveling Homeland: The Babylonian Talmud as Diaspora
  • January 21, 2016 - Robin Lane Fox, Augustine: Conversions to Confessions
  • February 9, 2016 - James Palmer, The Apocalypse in the Early Middle Ages
  • February 23, 2016 - Anthony Kaldellis, The Byzantine Republic
  • March 8, 2016 - Peter Frankopan, The Silk Roads
  • April 12, 2016 - John Haldon, The Empire That Would Not Die: The Paradox of Eastern Roman Survival, 640-740 (Carl Newell Jackson Lectures)
  • April 26, 2016, - Peter R. Brown, "Treasure in Heaven: The Holy Poor in Early Christianity"

2014-2015

  • March 1, 2015 - Douglas Ryan Boin, Coming Out Christian in the Roman World: How he Followers of Jesus Made a Place in Caesar's Empire
  • April 9, 2015 - Robert Bartlett, Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things? Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation
  • May 6, 2015 - Peter R. Brown, Ransom of the Soul

2013-2014

  • April 16, 2013 - Glen Bowersock, The Throne of Adulis: Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam
  • May 3, 2013 - Candida Moss, The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom
  • May 12, 2013 - Valerie Hansen, The Silk Road: A New History
  • May 27, 2013 - Garth Fowden, Before and After Muhammad: The First Millennium Refocused
  • September 20, 2013 - Giorgio Aamben, The Highest Poverty: Monastic Rules and Form-of-Life
  • November 20, 2013 - Kyle Harper, From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity