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CLANS (Cambridge Late Antique Network Seminar)

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, these will take place digitally via Zoom for the foreseeable future.  Links will be circulated by email in advance of the individual papers.  The convenors for the 2020/21 academic year are Daniel Hanigan (drh56) and Rares Marinescu (rim32).


Lent 2021 Term Card:


26 January

Nicola Ernst (Exeter)

The Athanasian Emperors: Constructing Constantinian Orthodoxy and Heresy in the 340s


9 February

Maire Ni Mhaonaigh (Cambridge)

Entangled Vernaculars: The Development of Vernacular Writing in Britain and Ireland in the Ninth Century


23 February

John Marenbon (Cambridge) 

The Continuity of Latin Philosophy from the 4th to the 10th Century


9 March

Byron Waldron (Sydney)

Beneath Jupiter’s Statue: Lactantius, Invective History, and the Subversion of Topoi



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