PhD-Seminar in Ephesus June 12-19, 2009

Programme and purpose
The 2009 seminar in The Network for the study of Early Christianity in its Greco-Roman context will focus on Ephesus. This city has archaeology and architecture that cover the early Greco-Roman period, with the emperor cult, as a context for the earliest Christian literature as well as the later Roman period with the development of the early church and the beginning Byzantine period There will be a two days excursion to Aphrodisias and Hierapolis ( modern Pamukkale). Especially for the Roman period with the emperor cult the excavations in Aphrodisias with the large Sebasteion with emperor reliefs and a good museum is one of the most interesting as well as one of the most beautiful sites in Turkey. Hierapolis has the largest necropolis in Asia minor (from late Hellenistic to Early Christian period), as well as the large Martyrion of St. Philip (beg. 5th c.). Thus the seminar has two main points: Early Christianity and the emperor cult, focus on Ephesus and Aphrodisias, and Late Antiquity, theology and martyrologi and Mariology , focus on Ephesus and Hierapolis.


Teaching faculty:
Associate Professor Georgia Frank, Colgate University, is an expert on the later Christian period, cf. her The Memory of the Eyes: Pilgrims to Living Saints in Christian Late Antiquity ( 2000), see - 131k.
Professor Steven Friesen,University of Texas, Austin,is an expert on the Eraly Christian period in relation to the imperial cult, and combines stuies of texts with archaeological material, cf.his Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John, (2001), See
Dr. Sabine Ladstätter, from the The Austrian Archaeological Institute, the excavations in Ephesus, will be our guide to the excavations in Ephesus.
Network participants: Organizers: Jón Ma Ásgeirsson, Reykjavik,Halvor Moxnes, Oslo, professor Samuel Rubenson, Lund. Other participants: professor Dale Martin, Yale, Troels- Engberg-Pedersen, Copenhagen, Turid Karlsen Seim, Oslo/Rome.

Conference centre
We will to use the Crisler library, a new research library and teaching centre, as our conference centre in Ephesos (located close to the Isabey Mosque/St. John’s.


  • Day 1. (June 12, 2009): Arrival to Izmir from various Scandinavian destination/ US/ Transfer to Selcuk.
  • Day 2, 3, 4. (June 13.-15): Ephesus, with guided tours of Ephesus, lectures and tours by members of the Austrian Archaeological Institute, and lectures by our own experts, as well as student presentations.
  • 5.-6. (June 16.-17): Excursion to Aphrodisias and to Hierapolis (Pamukkale. Overnight 5th night in Pamukkale, return 6th day to Selcuk.
  • 7. (June 18): Summing up, with lectures/ discussions.
  • 8. (june 19): Return from Izmir.

Who can apply?
This seminar is part of the programme for the Network of Early Christianity in the Greco-Roman world, but PhD- students from the Nordic and Baltic countries in all relevant areas of study are welcome to apply to participate, so can post-doc scholars. The maximum no is 15 student participants. If more applications, preference will be given to PhD-students from the universities in the Network. In your application you should state your University affiliation and name of advisor, your dissertation topic and the relevance of the seminar for your research.

There will be a reading list in preparationfor the seminar of ca. 800 pp, and all participants will be required to participate actively in the seminar, especially in the two text-sessions in Ephesus. After the seminar participants are required to write an essay of ca. 10-12 pp, based on the reading list and experiences from the seminar, if possible relaetd to their own research topic.The seminar will give 5 ECTS credits.


Registration fee is NOK 3000. The Network will provide air-fare from home-airport to Izmir, tranfer Izmir-Ephesus, hotel in Ephesus, excursison to Aphrodisias and Hierapolis, bus transport hotel-Ephesus excavations, museum fees, 3 common dinners and one luncheon. Additional costs to be covered by students: travel to/from home airport, most luncheons, 4 dinners.


Application and payment of participation fee:
In order to secure airplane tickets for the group on the same flights into and from Munich, early reservations are necessary. Therefore, last day of application is February 1. Decision on admittance by Februar 10. Payment of registration fee is due by February 23.
When you have been accepted to participate in the seminar, you can pay the participation fee

Contact for further information about the seminar: Professor Halvor Moxnes, Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, 

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