Late Antiquity

Late Antiquity

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Interviews with authors of books about Late Antiquity. Sponsored by Ancient Jew Review.

Andrew S. Jacobs, "Gospel Thrillers: Conspiracy, Fiction, and the Vulnerable Bible" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

July 8, 2024

Gospel Thrillers

Andrew S. Jacobs
Hosted by Michael Motia

What if the original teachings of Jesus were different from the Bible's sanitized 'orthodox' version? What covert motivations might inspire those who …

Catherine Michael Chin, "Life: The Natural History of an Early Christian Universe" (U California Press, 2024)

June 9, 2024

Life

Catherine Michael Chin
Hosted by Michael Motia

A vivid and intimate glimpse of ancient life under the sway of cosmic and spiritual forces that the modern world has forgotten. Life: The Natural His…

Markus Vinzent, "Resetting the Origins of Christianity: A New Theory of Sources and Beginnings" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

April 30, 2024

Resetting the Origins of Christianity

Markus Vinzent

How do we know what we know about the origins of the Christian religion? Neither its founder, nor the Apostles, nor Paul left any written accounts of …

Jae Hee Han, "Prophets and Prophecy in the Late Antique Near East" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

April 13, 2024

Prophets and Prophecy in the Late Antique Near East

Jae Hee Han
Hosted by Michael Motia

In Prophets and Prophecy in the Late Antique Near East (Cambridge UP, 2023), Jae Han investigates how various Late Antique Near Eastern communities—Je…

Anthony Kaldellis, "The New Roman Empire: A History of Byzantium" (Oxford UP, 2024)

April 7, 2024

The New Roman Empire

Anthony Kaldellis
Hosted by Evan Zarkadas

In recent decades, the study of the Eastern Roman Empire, also known as Byzantium, has been revolutionized by new approaches and more sophisticated mo…

Georgia Frank, "Unfinished Christians: Ritual Objects and Silent Subjects in Late Antiquity" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2024)

April 3, 2024

Unfinished Christians

Georgia Frank
Hosted by Michael Motia

What can we know about the everyday experiences of Christians during the fourth, fifth, and sixth centuries? How did non-elite men and women, enslaved…

Colin Elliott, "Pox Romana: The Plague That Shook the Roman World" (Princeton UP, 2024)

March 19, 2024

Pox Romana

Colin Elliott
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In the middle of the second century AD, Rome was at its prosperous and powerful apex. The emperor Marcus Aurelius reigned over a vast territory that s…

Anthony Kaldellis, "Romanland: Ethnicity and Empire in Byzantium" (Harvard UP, 2019)

February 13, 2024

Romanland

Anthony Kaldellis
Hosted by Mark Klobas

Though commonly used today to identify a polity that lasted for over a millennium, the label “Byzantine empire” is an anachronism imposed by more rece…

Adrian Goldsworthy, "Rome and Persia: The Seven Hundred Year Rivalry" (Basic Books, 2023)

January 25, 2024

Rome and Persia

Adrian Goldsworthy
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

For almost seven centuries, two powers dominated the region we now call the Middle East: Rome and Persia. From the west: The Roman Republic, later the…

Edward J. Watts, "The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea" (Oxford UP, 2021)

December 25, 2023

The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome

Edward J. Watts
Hosted by Craig Sorvillo

As this book intriguingly explores, for those who would make Rome great again and their victims, ideas of Roman decline and renewal have had a long an…

Peter Brown, "Journeys of the Mind: A Life in History" (Princeton UP, 2023)

December 14, 2023

Journeys of the Mind

Peter Brown
Hosted by Piotr Kosicki

Over the past seven decades, Peter Brown has transformed our collective understanding of the late Roman Empire and the European Middle Ages alike, est…

Meghan Henning, "Hell Hath No Fury: Gender, Disability, and the Invention of Damned Bodies in Early Christian Literature" (Yale UP, 2021)

November 17, 2023

Hell Hath No Fury

Meghan Henning
Hosted by Zalman Newfield

In her book Hell Hath No Fury: Gender, Disability, and the Invention of Damned Bodies in Early Christian Literature (Yale University Press, 2021), Meg…

Mira Balberg, "Fractured Tablets: Forgetfulness and Fallibility in Late Ancient Rabbinic Culture" (U California Press, 2023)

November 16, 2023

Fractured Tablets

Mira Balberg
Hosted by David Gottlieb
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The Rabbinic Sages of the Tannaitic era were fixated on memory and terrified of forgetfulness. In promulgating their own interpretations of Jewish law…

Megan Nutzman, "Contested Cures: Identity and Ritual Healing in Roman and Late Antique Palestine" (Edinburgh UP, 2022)

November 5, 2023

Contested Cures

Megan Nutzman
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In the ancient Mediterranean world, individuals routinely looked for divine aid to cure physical afflictions. Contested Cures: Identity and Ritual Hea…

Carson Bay, "Biblical Heroes and Classical Culture in Christian Late Antiquity" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

November 4, 2023

Biblical Heroes and Classical Culture in Christian Late Antiquity

Carson Bay
Hosted by David Kunsman

In this volume entitled Biblical Heroes and Classical Culture in Christian Late Antiquity (Cambridge UP, 2023), Carson Bay focuses on an important but…

Jared Secord, "Christian Intellectuals and the Roman Empire: From Justin Martyr to Origen" (Penn State UP, 2020)

September 9, 2023

Christian Intellectuals and the Roman Empire

Jared Secord

Early in the third century, a small group of Greek Christians began to gain prominence and legitimacy as intellectuals in the Roman Empire. Examinin…

Joshua Schachterle, "John Cassian and the Creation of Monastic Subjectivity" (Equinox Publishing, 2023)

August 30, 2023

John Cassian and the Creation of Monastic Subjectivity

Joshua Schachterle
Hosted by Rob Heaton
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In John Cassian and the Creation of Monastic Subjectivity (Equinox Books, 2023), a revision of his 2019 dissertation, Joshua Schachterle evaluates the…

Peter Heather and John Rapley, "Why Empires Fall: Rome, America, and the Future of the West" (Yale UP, 2023)

August 27, 2023

Why Empires Fall

Peter Heather and John Rapley
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

Over the last three centuries, the West rose to dominate the planet. Then, around the start of the new millennium, history took a dramatic turn. Faced…

Ari Finkelstein, "The Specter of the Jews: Emperor Julian and the Rhetoric of Ethnicity in Syrian Antioch" (U California Press, 2018)

August 26, 2023

The Specter of the Jews

Ari Finkelstein
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

In the generation after Constantine the Great elevated Christianity to a dominant position in the Roman Empire, his nephew, the Emperor Julian, sought…

Reyhan Durmaz, "Stories Between Christianity and Islam: Saints, Memory, and Cultural Exchange in Late Antiquity and Beyond" (U California Press, 2022)

May 27, 2023

Stories Between Christianity and Islam

Reyhan Durmaz
Hosted by Zalman Newfield

In Stories between Christianity and Islam: Saints, Memory, and Cultural Exchange in Late Antiquity and Beyond (University of California Press, 2022),…