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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Fellow's Seminar: Franz Cumont and the study of religious life at Dura-Europos

21st October 2013, 13:00 to 14:00, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Palace Green, Dr Ted Kaizer (Department of Classics & Ancient History, Durham University)


The talk will combine Dr Kaizer's research project, a study of the religious life of Dura-Europos (a small-town on the Euphrates river in the Parthian and Roman periods known amongst scholars as the ‘Pompeii of the Syrian desert’ for the richness of its finds), with its historiographical side-project, concerning his involvement in the international team that republishes and re-introduces all works by the Belgian scholar Franz Cumont, who was the first to excavate at Dura-Europos in 1922-23.

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

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