Department of Religious 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 talk by Kim Bowes (Cornell University)

The history of Christianity had been dominated by its public face--by bishops, by great basilicas, by doctrinal struggles.  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 Classics 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: Department of Religious Studies; Center & Department of Middle Eastern Studies

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