Department of Religious Studies

Religious Studies Scholars Prepare for Interdisciplinary Conference in Philippi

Fri, March 6, 2015
Religious Studies Scholars Prepare for Interdisciplinary Conference in Philippi
Photograph taken by Steven Friesen

In July 2015, Dr. Steven Friesen and PhD Candidate Michael Flexsenhar III will be joining scholars from across Europe to participate in a conference at the St. Paul Philippi Conference Center, near the site of ancient Philippi, Greece. The conference is entitled, “Philippi: From colonia augusta to communitas christiania: Religion and Society in Transition.” The conference will explore the religious life of Philippi along with other facets of ancient urban society using diverse methodological and theoretical frameworks. Conference participants come from a variety of scholarly disciplines to engage in an interdisciplinary description of Philippi in the Roman, Late Antique, and early Byzantine periods.

Flexsenhar’s paper enters the debates about the geographic location from which Paul wrote to the Philippians. Drawing from textual, historical, archaeological, and epigraphic evidence he makes an important contribution to our understanding of Paul’s social and civic context in the northeastern Aegean. Check out the abstract of his paper here.

Conference organizers anticipate that this event will lead to future scholarly collaborations, as the past conferences on Corinth have done. “Philippi” is organized and supported by a number of institutions including the Archaeological Museum of Philippi, the Colloquia on Material Culture and Ancient Religions (COMCAR), and the Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins (ISAC) at the University of Texas at Austin.

Stay tuned for more information about the conference later this year!

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