The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce our first meeting of Spring 2017:
Constructing a New Jerusalem:
Building a Bridge to the Christian Past and
Forging a New Identity in Late Antique Constantinople
Ph. D. Student, University of Chicago (History)
Part of the early struggles of the patriarchs of Constantinople had in establishing their authority in the city was that there was not much Christian tradition for them to claim a part of. Through the translation of relics, patriarchs were able to cultivate a Christian identity that defined itself by a specific doctrine in Constantinople. Relics allowed patriarchs to bring the Christian past into the present in the imperial city and claim continuity with martyrs.
Tuesday, April 4 — 4:30 pm in CWAC 156
We look forward to seeing you there!