Judaism and Christianity in Rome in the first millennium

Location: Accademia di Danimarca/Det Danske Institut i Rom, Via Omero 18, 00197 Roma
Start: Oct 3, 2015
End: Oct 9, 2015


The seminar focuses on Judaism and Christianity in Rome in the first millennium, from text to context, from document to monument. It is the first of a number of Nordic PhD-seminars arranged by the The Nordic Network for the Study of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the First Millennium (NNJCI), a network of faculty and PhD-students from Nordic academic institutions. It coordinates annual, interdisciplinary excursions, with an integral seminar part, for Nordic PhD-students in disciplines within the wider field of the first millennium history of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, in their various contexts in the Mediterranean area in its widest sense. For further information about the network, see the network’s web-page: http://nnjci.mf.no/ . During the summer detailed information about the course will be available at this web-site.


Structure of the seminar

There will be lecture sessions and students’ presentations in the morning and excursions in the afternoon, in collaboration with experts on the various topics and the PIAC (Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana). In a few cases there will be lectures in the evening. The program will also include a full day excursion to Ostia.

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 1) Saturday 3 October


-         Travel and accommodation

 -         Welcome and seminar introduction


2) Sunday 4 October

 Topic: Judaism and Christianity in Rome

 -         Morning session:

·        Lecture on the Jewish community in Rome in the first millennium, its places, its history, its relationship with the Christians.

 ·        Lecture on Early Christianity in Rome in the first millennium, Alberto Camplani, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, La Sapienza, Rome.

 -         Afternoon session:

·        Excursion to Forum Romanum, the Arch of Titus, and other sites related to the theme.


3) Monday 5 October

 Topic: Churches in Rome

 -         Morning session:

·        Lecture on the four papal basilicas in Rome: Basilica of St. Peter; Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls; The Lateran; Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Prof. Olof Brandt, Pontificio Instituto di Archeologia Christiana, Rome.

 ·        Lecture: Constantine the Great, church construction and the Chi-rho-monogram, Prof. Siri Sande, The Norwegian Institute in Rome.

 -         Afternoon session:

·        Excursion to the papal bascilicas.

 -         Evening session:

Minucius Felix’ Octavius and its setting on Ostia’s beach; ancient Ostia, its monuments and history, Prof. Anders-Christian Jacobsen, Department of Theology, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University.


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4) Tuesday 6October

Topic: Ancient Ostia

-         Full day trip to ancient Ostia: Associate Prof. Birte Poulsen, Department of History and Classical Studies, faculty of Arts, Aarhus University

·        Excursion to ancient Ostia: excavations, ancient synagogue, Christian basilica, pagan private and public cult, museum, Pope Julius II Castle   

5) Wednesday 7 October

Topic: Manuscripts and Epigraphy in Rome

-         Morning session:

·        Lecture and student presentations on Quattrocento reception of the Church Fathers, manuscript traditions and epigraphy connected to Rome including brief introductions to editorial processes of manuscripts and epigraphy, Professor Marianne Pade, The Danish Institute in Rome / Aarhus University.

-         Afternoon session:

·        Excursion to library and sites with important inscriptions, Professor Marianne Pade, The Danish Institute in Rome / Aarhus University.


6) Thursday 8October

Topic: Catacombs in Rome

-         Morning session, dr. Emanuele Castelli (Basel):

·        Lectures on the most important catacombs in Rome: history, archeological contexts, paintings, Christian symbols, inscriptions, Christian and Jewish burial practice, pilgrims, itinera ad sanctos.

-         Afternoon session, dr. Emanuele Castelli (Basel):

·        Excursion to the Callistus /Callixtus catacombs.

7) Friday 9 October

End of the seminar and return travel


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 Practical information


 The seminar is for PhD-students, but it will also be open for advanced master’s students and postdoctoral researchers if the available places are not filled by PhD-students.


Final program

 The final program for the course will be available at the web-page in August.


ECTS labelling

 5 ECTS will be awarded for attending the seminar.



As a rule, participants are required to cover their own costs, but not pay tuition. This means that students should pay their own travel to and from Rome, expenses for food and accommodation. Entrance fees, local transportation, honorarium for lectures will preferably be covered by the network. PhD-students should ask their own institutions for financial support.



The Casa Delfina is closed. Other budget possibilities, with varying proximity to the institute, are:(http://www.villamontemario.com) (http://www.casaferievolpicelli.it/sito-web/intro/intro.html) (http://www.casamontetabor.com/) (http://www.casaperferiemargherita.it/it/)



Deadline for application is 1st of August 2015.  The application form will be available on the web-page of the network.

Participants must commit themselves to present either their own PhD project, or a paper on one of the sites to be visited or on a theme connected to the program. The presentations should last for min. 20 minutes and a handout of max. two pages should be submitted.


Reading list

All participants should prepare for the seminar by reading approximately 300 pages. A reading list will be available on the webpage of the network on 1 September at the latest.


Seminar leaders

Associate Prof. Birte Poulsen, Department of Classical Archaeology, Aarhus University

Prof. Anders-Christian Jacobsen, Department of Theology, Aarhus University



 For more information, please contact Prof. Anders-Christian Jacobsen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).