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More Late Antiquity

Circulating on various blogs and email lists is the announcement of a new monograph series published by Oxford University Press and edited by Ralph Mathisen (who also is the editor of the new Journal of Late Antiquity (for my impressions of its first volume):

OXFORD STUDIES IN LATE ANTIQUITY: Late Antiquity has unified what in the past were disparate disciplinary, chronological, and geographical areas of study. In this spirit, Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity will provide a venue for the finest new late antique scholarship, with coverage extending from the late Roman world to the Sassanid, Byzantine, and early Islamic and Carolingian worlds. The series welcomes proposals relating to a wide array of methodological approaches including, but not limited to, history, society, culture, religion, literature, archaeology, art history, papyrology, epigraphy, numismatics, palaeography, demography, prosopography, linguistics, gender studies, family history, and rhetorical and literary theory. Series Editor: Ralph Mathisen is Professor of History, Classics, and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Editor of the Journal of Late Antiquity.

The purview of this journal is predictably wide in a geographic, chronological, and disciplinary sense.  We can hope that it will join the University of California’s Press’s Transformation of the Classical Heritage Series (edited by Peter Brown) in shaping the contours of the discipline.

Along similar lines, Gillian Clark has a nice, short piece in the Fall 2008 Journal of Early Christian Studies (““This strangely neglected author”: Translated Texts for Historians and Late Antiquity” 16 (2008) 131-141) focusing on the origins and development of the Translated Texts for Historians series at Liverpool University Press. Most scholars who study Late Antiquity, east or west, have at some point availed themselves to these handy “candy-colored” (133) texts for their neat translations or handy historical commentaries.  This short article is completely in keeping with the recent (last 10 years?) interest in looking back over the development of the field of Late Antiquity. 

From the world of the new media, I’ve yet to find a “blog of record” for Late Antique history and archaeology.  Several blogs do make regular reference to Late Antique matter (e.g. Iconoclasm, Zenobia: Empress of the East and even here from time to time) the most consistently informative among them is the regularly updated blog The Heroic Age.  Where else would I be likely to stumble across such a cool conference as “Welcoming the Stranger in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages” put on by the Australian Early Medieval AssociationThe program(me) for this conference looks pretty interesting!  Plus you get to visit Brisbane… one of my favorite cities!

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