1. Christianity & Hellenism in the Fifth-Century Greek East: Theodoret’s Apologetics against the Greeks in Context

    Yannis Papadogiannakis, Christianity and Hellenism in the Fifth-Century Greek East: Theodoret’s Apologetics against the Greeks in Context, Center for Hellenic Studies Series, Washington, DC: Harvard University Press, 2012.
    ISBN 9780674060678

    [Author’s Book Description]: This book—the first full-length study of the “last and most beautiful” apology against paganism, Theodoret’s Therapeutic for Hellenic Maladies—combines close readings of the text with detailed analysis of Theodoret’s arguments against Greek religion, philosophy, and culture and the ways in which that Greek influence interacts with other diverse ideas, practices, and developments in the fifth-century Roman empire.

    The book’s larger underlying themes—the continuing debate between Christianity and Hellenism, and the relationship between classical and Christian literature—offer insights into more general late Roman and early Byzantine religious and cultural attitudes and issues, including the relations between pagan and Christian paideia, the cult of the martyrs, and the role of Christianity in the Roman empire.

    More info in http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674060678&content=book


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  3. Ninth Annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Students Conference in Patristic Studies (Mar 7-9, 2013)

    The Ninth Annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Students Conference in Patristic Studies (March 7 -9, 2013)

    At Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology,
    Brookline, Massachusetts

    The Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is pleased to announce its ninth annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Student Conference in Patristic Studies on March 7-9, 2013. The purpose of the conference is to bring graduate students together from the fields of Patristic Studies, Historical Theology, and the History of Christianity in Late Antiquity in a collaborative and theological setting to hear and discuss peer research.  The conference will begin on Thursday, March 7, at 5:00 p.m., and ends with dinner on Saturday, March 9.

    We now call for paper proposals.  We encourage all doctoral and masters students with research interests in Patristic Studies, Historical Exegesis or Theology, or the History of Christianity in Late Antiquity, to submit a paper abstract of approximately 250 words.   Topics relating to eastern Christianity, including Syriac-speaking Christianity, are particularly encouraged.  Each presenter will have up to 20 minutes to present her or his paper, followed by a respondent’s prepared comments and group discussion.  Please send an abstract of your paper to the Institute’s Director, Dr. Bruce Beck, at by Monday, February 4, 2013. Participants will be informed about the status of paper proposals by Sunday, February 10th. The deadline for completed papers for distribution to the respondents is Friday, March 1st.

    For those who live outside the Boston area that might need financial assistance to attend the conference, partial financial aid is again available upon request to assist with your expenses.  To request aid, please pre-register for the conference at your earliest convenience (but no later than February 1st) and please mention that you need financial assistance in order to participate.

    To help with our planning, please pre-register at your earliest convenience. The registration fee is $25 to help offset the cost of meals during the conference, and will be collected at registration upon arrival. To pre-register, please send an email to Dr. Beck () with your personal information, including address, phone number, institution, degree program, area of study, and dissertation topic (if applicable). 

    Conference lodging will be at the Needham Sheraton.  If you will need lodging, please register as early as possible to facilitate reserving a place for you to stay.  We will make the reservation for you at the hotel in order to facilitate sharing of rooms. The discounted conference rate per night is $98 plus taxes, or $55 for those who wish to share a room. Let us know if you there is someone with whom you would like to share a room.

    Lastly, please make every effort to attend the entire conference, since the conference’s success lies largely in the collegial feedback and support of each paper presenter and the discussion engendered by the paper respondent.

    I hope you will be able to join us this year for this year’s graduate student conference in patristic studies at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.


     Bruce Beck, ThD.

    Director, Pappas Patristic Institute of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and Assistant Professor of New Testament


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  5. Full-Time Lecturer in Classics

    Full-Time Lecturer, Classics

    Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures

    University of Kentucky

    The Division of Classics in the Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Kentucky invites applications for a Full-Time Lecturer to teach undergraduate courses in Greek, Latin, and areas in Classical Civilization, broadly defined to include Late Antiquity and the Classical Tradition. Ph.D. in Classics is preferred, but Ph.D.’s in closely related fields of History or Religion will also be considered. Teaching load is normally 4 courses a semester. The successful candidate must be able to teach a variety of courses, which will include some of the following: undergraduate Greek & Latin, a large-enrollment mythology course, other large-enrollment courses in civilization and culture which he or she will develop, and on-line courses. Qualification and ability to teach Biblical Studies a plus. Candidates with a record of successful classroom teaching will be given preference. Lecturers are responsible for holding office hours, attending faculty meetings, and contributing to the general welfare and advancement of Classics and the department.

    The Classics faculty of the University of Kentucky is distinguished in its active approach to the teaching of Latin, in Neo-Latin, and in Early Christian Studies; an interest in one of these areas is also desirable. See https://mcl.as.uky.edu/classics for more information.

    This is a nine-month (paid over a 12-month period), non-tenure-track, faculty appointment. Initial appointment is for two years. Contract may in principle be renewed indefinitely, with the possibility of promotion to Senior Lecturer. Competitive salary and full benefits.

    Review of applications begins on February 7, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Initial appointment is for the 2013-14 academic year, beginning in the fall semester.

    Please e-mail letter of application, c.v., teaching statement, graduate transcript, and three letters of recommendation to the chair of the search committee, James Francis (j.francis@uky.edu). Please use the subject line “Application for Classics Position” in your e-mail to assure your application is directed properly.

    The University of Kentucky is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and is located in an increasingly diverse geographical region. It is committed to becoming one of the top public institutions in the country. Women, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


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