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Cambridge Late Antique Network Seminar (CLANS)


CLANS provides an interdisciplinary platform for classicists, historians, archaeologists, and theologians working on Late Antiquity. Seminars take place on a roughly fortnightly basis and are scheduled for Tuesdays at 5.15 pm.  Due to the exceptional circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, some of these will take place digitally via Zoom. Termly links can be requested by emailing the convenors for the 2021/22 academic year: Domenico Praticò (dp546) and Melissa Jones (mlj39). 


Easter 2022 Term Card:

17 May (5:15pm, Zoom)

Calum A. Maciver (University of Edinburgh): 'Not in the Programme: Transgression and the Poetics of False Form (and Sound) in Nonnus' Dionysiaca'


31 May (5:15pm, Zoom)

Jane Lightfoot (University of Oxford): 'Some Glimmerings from Astrological Texts about Late Antique Poetics and Culture'


14 June (5:15pm, Classics Faculty)

Arietta Papaconstantinou (University of Oxford): 'Resistance and Resilience among the Natives: Arab Rule Seen from the Eight-Century Countryside?'

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