Research group: Ancient, medieval, and early modern studies (RAMES)

East-West networks of the Ancient World: Workshop with Adrian Pirtea

On the 7th and 9th of March the Ancient World-research group organizes a workshop on cultural and economic contact between east and west in antiquity. The workshop will focus on the religious networks at each end of the so called “Silk Road”, examining how ideas moved in both directions during the late antique and early medieval periods. Both days will feature an introductory lecture by Adrian Pirtea, researcher at the Institut für Griechische und Lateinische Philologie, at the Freie Universität Berlin. His research interests include philosophical and religious movements and trends in ancient Syria, Mesopotamia and Iran, including Syriac Christianity and Manichaeism.

Eit manikeisk ritualle frå Turfan.
Manichean ritual before an alter, from Turfan Manichaen Illuminated Codex.
SMPK, Museum für Indische Kunst (Berlin), MIK III 4979 verso.

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Wednesday 7. March

Seminar room 1 (Øysteinsgt. 3)

12:15-13:00 – Adrian Pirtea: “The Messiah in China: Syriac Christianity and Manichaeism in Turfan”

  • 13:00-13:15 – Questions
  • 13:15-13:30 – Break

13:30-13:40 – Tomas Høisæter: “Migrants or monks? Buddhism’s path to Niya”

13:40-13:50 – Håkon Teigen: “Itinerant temples? Manichaean Elect in the Turfan Oasis”

13:50-14:10 – Questions/Discussion

Friday 9. March

Seminar room M (Sydneshaugen skole)

12:15-13:00 – Adrian Pirtea: “The Buddha in the West: Real and Imagined Knowledge about Buddhism in Late Roman Egypt”

  • 13:00-13:15 – Questions
  • 13:15-13:30 – Break

13:30-13:40 – Alexandros Tsakos: “The Legend of Barlaam and Joasaph in Nubia”

13:40-13:50 – Håkon Teigen: “Manichaean notions among the merchants of Kellis”

13:50-14:00 – Eivind Seland: “Nomadic cult in the hinterland of Palmyra”

14:00-14:10 – Tomas Høisæter: “The mythical West in the Chinese Chronicle Hou Hanshu

14:10-14:30 – Question/Discussion


The Workshop is open for anyone who may be interested.