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Workshop Schedule: Narrating Relationships in Holy Lives from the first millennium AD

Narrating Relationships in Holy Lives from the first millennium AD

Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Exeter via Zoom, 12th July 2021

Monday 12th July 2021: 14.15- 19.30 in BST (GMT+1)


14.15-14.30      Introduction: Alice van den Bosch & Becca Grose

14.30-15.00      Christa Gray (Reading) “Faith and friendship: other lives in Jerome’s hagiography” (Chair: Richard Flower, Exeter)


15.00-15.50      Panel 1: Relationships in Holy Lives (chair: Emma Loosley, Exeter) 

Stavroula Constantinou (Cyprus) “Narrating Friendship in Byzantine Hagiography”

Edmund Hayes (Nijmegen) “Begetting the Imam: Family and Procreation in Narratives of the Twelver Mahdi”

(30 mins break)

16.20-17.35      Panel 2: Narrators and narrative choices in Holy Lives (chair: Morwenna Ludlow, Exeter)

Nic Baker-Brian (Cardiff) “Is there a Narrator Here? The Role of Narrative and Narration in Manichaean Kephalaia”

Chontel Syfox (Wisconsin-Madison) “Rewriting Leah: The Feminine Ideal in the Book of Jubilees”

Jillian Stinchcomb (Brandeis) “Narrating the visit of the Queen of Sheba to Solomon’s Court in Late Antique Sources”

(30 mins break)

18.05-18.35      Christian Sahner (Oxford) “How to construct a holy life in the early Islamic period” (Chair: István Kristó-Nagy, Exeter)

18.35-19.20      Roundtable. Host: Arietta Papaconstantinou (Reading) 

(Respondent: Jennifer Barry, Mary Washington))


Organisers: Alice van den Bosch (Exeter) & Becca Grose (Reading & Exeter)

Please contact the organisers at if you have any questions about the event. or if you would like to enquire about attendance.

Poster submissions are now closed and we cannot guarantee to review late submissions. Please contact us first if you would like to submit a poster. Please see the Call for Posters. Updates to the schedule will be posted on this page.