Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

"Private Religion and the Rise of Christianity"

Wed, April 21, 2010 | CBA 4.348

5:00 PM

The Workshop on Late Antiquity Presents a Lecture Kim Bowes, Cornell University

The history of Christianity had been dominated by its public face- by bishops, by great basilicas, by doctrinal stuggles. This talk addresses Christianity’s other history—the history of private worship in the home.

Drawing on both archaeological and textual evidence, it describes the challenge that domestic worship presented to a still-nascent public institution.

Kimberly Bowes is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classcis at Cornell University. She is the author of Private Worship and Public Values: Religious Change in Late Antiquity (Cambridge University Press, 2008), co-editor of Between Text and Territory: Survey and Excavation in the terra of San Vincenzo al Volturno, (British School Monographs, Rome/London, 2007 with Richard Hodges and Karen Francis); and of Hispania in Late Antiquity: Current Approaches, (Brill, Leiden, 2005) with Michael Kulikowski.

Sponsored by: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Department of Classics

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