Christianity and Judaism have always received special attention in the archaeology of the Roman provinces. Christianity, because it became the dominating religion in the European Middle Ages and because the survival of Judaism and many of its early writings, as well as its comparatively well documented spread from its home in the Eastern Mediterranean allowed for detailed insights that elude us with other religions of the ancient world. However, much of what we usually refer to as the archaeology of Early Christianity and Judaism of the Roman provinces is the archaeology of the period from 400-700 in the Mediterranean with its mosaiced churches and synagogues and large building complexes. Compared to this the evidence from the Northern Provinces looks rather uninspiring.
This course is going to look at the evidence before the large church building period, to give a better comparison to the material that we know from Britain and Germany. It will also discuss how you identify a particular object as belonging to a specific religion and how safe some of the identifications are.
(Please note, this is not being taught from a religious perspective, but as an archaeological/ancient historical study).
Day: Fridays. Time: 14.00-16.00 pm BST/GMT
Series of 10 lectures, starting on 12th January 2024, with Half-term on February 16th.
Virtual Learning Environment: Zoom
Bookings for a block of 10 lectures (a detailed breakdown of the lectures will be published as part of the Spring 2024 catalogue).
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