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 Emily Chesley, Nikolas Churik or Jeremy Stitts.  


2020-2021

  • October 16, 2020 - Jean-Luc Fournet, The Rise of Coptic: Egyptian versus Greek in Late Antiquity
  • November 13, 2020 - Kristina Sessa, Daily Life in Late Antiquity
  • November 24, 2020 - Judith Herrin, Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe
  • January 21, 2021 - Nicola di Cosmo and Michael Maas, Empires and Exchanges in Eurasian Late Antiquity: Rome, China, Iran, and the Steppe, ca. 250-750, ed.
  • February 24, 2021 - Roland Betancourt, Byzantine Intersectionality
  • March 24, 2021 - Sean Anthony, Muhammad and the Empires of Faith: The Making of the Prophet of Islam
  • April 21, 2021 - Maia Kotrosits, The Lives of Objects: Material Culture, Experience, and the Real in the History of Early Christianity

2019-2020

  • October 16, 2019 - Gregory Halfond, Bishops and the Politics of Patronage in Merovingian Gaul
  • November 12, 2019 - Jennifer Bary, Bishops in Flight: Exile and Displacement in Late Antiquity
  • December 10, 2019 - Amelia R. Brown, Corinth in Late Antiquity: A Greek, Roman and Christian City
  • January 21, 2020 - Walter Scheidel, Escape from Rome: The Failure of Empire and teh Road to Prosperity
  • February 18, 2020 - Marina Rustow, The Lost Archive: Traces of a Caliphate in a Cairo Synagogue
  • March 24, 2020 - Maria Doerfler, Jephthah's Daughter, Sarah's Son: The Death of Children in Late Antiquity
  • April 30, 2020 - Michael Koortbojian, Crossing the Pomerium: The Boundaries of Political, Religious, and Military Institutions from Caesar to Constantine
  • June 11, 2020 - Dimiter Angelov, The Byzantine Hellene: The Life of Emperor Theodore Laskaris and Byzantium in the Thirteenth Century
  • July 16, 2020 - Jonathan Shea, Politics and Government in Byzantium: The Rise and Fall of the Bureaucrats

2018-2019

  • October 16, 2018 - Stephen Davis, The Early Coptic Papacy
  • November 6, 2018 - Michael Edward Stewart, The Soldier’s Life: Martial Virtues and Manly Romanitas in the Early Byzantine Empire
  • November 19, 2018 - A. Asa Eger, The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier
  • December 10, 2018 - Christian Sahner, Christian Martyrs Under Islam
  • January 28, 2019 - Jack Tannous, The Making of the Medieval Middle East
  • February 18, 2019 - Stephen J. Shoemaker, The Apocalypse of Empire
  • March 6, 2019 - Kate Wilkinson, Women and Modesty in Late Antiquity
  • March 27, 2019 - Maya Maskarinec, City of Saints: Rebuilding Rome in the Early Middle Ages
  • April 23, 2019 - Anthony Kaldellis, Romanland
  • May 16, 2019 - Timothy Power, The Red Sea from Byzantium to the Caliphate, AD 500-1000

2017-2018

  • October 3, 2017 - Khodadad Rezakhani, ReOrienting the Sasanians : East Iran 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
  • March 6, 2018 - Noel Lenski, Constantine and the Cities
  • March 28, 2018 - Derek Krueger, Liturgical Subjects: Christian Ritual, Biblical Narrative, and the Formation of the Self in Byzantium
  • May 8, 2018 - Azia al-Azmeh, The Emergence of Islam in Late Antiquity: Allāh and his People
  • May 29, 2018 - Jennifer A. Rea and Ilustrated by Liz Clarke, Perpetua's Journey

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