Department of Religious Studies

"Thracian, Greek, or Roman? Ethnicity and Religion in the Roman Colony of Philippi (Macedonia)"

Guest Lecture by Professor Cédric Brélaz

Thu, March 10, 2016 | MEZ 2.124

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Philippi in Eastern Macedonia was a multicultural city during the first three centuries C.E.  It was a Greek city originally settled in a Thracian area and later turned into a Roman colony, and each one of the three main ethnic groups that settled there brought to Philippi its own deities. But did such an ethnic categorization of gods remain relevant as time went on? Was the worship of certain deities reserved to specific groups of the Philippian population? This lecture will explore the relationship between ethnicity and religious practice in Philippi during the early Roman period —at a time when the first Christian community founded in the colony by the apostle Paul was growing— and will address some of the most recent theoretical issues in scholarship about cultural interaction in the Roman Empire.

Cédric Brélaz is a Fellow with the Center for Hellenic Studies – Harvard University, Washington DC and an Associate Professor of Ancient Greek History at the University of Strasbourg, France.


Sponsored by: Department of Religious Studies

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