1. The Philosophical Life: Biography & the Crafting of Intellectual Identity in Late Antiquity

    The latest publication in the NAPS Patristic Monograph Series.

    Arthur Urbano, The Philosophical Life: Biography and the Crafting of Intellectual Identity in Late Antiquity (Catholic University of America Press, 2013).

    Ancient biographies were more than accounts of the deeds of past heroes and guides for moral living. They were also arenas for debating pressing philosophical questions and establishing intellectual credentials, as Arthur P. Urbano argues in this study of biographies composed in Late Antiquity. With its origins in the competing philosophical schools of Hellenistic Greece, the genre of the “philosophical life” provided verbal portraits of paradigmatic figures – usually rulers and philosophers – that epitomized diverse approaches to knowledge, piety, and the virtuous life. An eruption of biographical literature in Late Antiquity attests to a similar, but more intense, struggle to influence the future directions of religion, education, politics, and morality in the Roman Empire as leaders of Neoplatonism and Christianity engaged one another through historical figures.


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  3. New translation, Basil of Caesarea’s sermons on fasting & [selected] feasts

    Basil of Caesarea: On Fasting and Feasts (Popular Patristic Series #50), translated by Susan R. Holman and Mark Del Cogliano (SVS Press, 2013).

    See more at SVS website: http://www.svspress.com/on-fasting-and-feasts-pps50/


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  5. Theology Department Chair

    THE UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND in the beautiful Pacific Northwest seeks a scholar at the rank of tenured Professor or Associate Professor to teach and to serve as Chair of the Department of Theology, beginning fall 2014. The successful applicant will be a Roman Catholic with a distinguished record of scholarly work and excellence in undergraduate teaching. She or he will display a notable gift for exercising wise leadership, a clear aptitude for managing personnel and programs, and an informed commitment to the University’s Catholic and Holy Cross mission. Teaching load while Chair is 2/2; specialization within the field of Theology is open. Applicants should send a letter of interest, a statement envisioning one’s fit for the position, a curriculum vitae, and at least three references of people who will offer confidential letters of appraisal. All application files should be submitted electronically and routed to Prof. Michael Cameron, Ph.D., Department of Theology, cameronm@up.edu. Application screening begins December 1, 2013, and continues until the position is filled. Located at 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, OR, 97203-5798, the University of Portland stands in the tradition of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and prepares ethical leaders who respond to the needs of the world and its human family. A background investigation check is required before final hiring procedures can be completed. Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private, comprehensive, Catholic university of 3600 students with a mission of Teaching, Faith, and Service. We are an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER striving to employ personnel at all levels who will support and enhance our educational mission and purpose. Please visit our website at www.up.edu for more information about this position and the University.


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