Research Group: Religions of Late Antiquity

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Madonna and child, Euphrasian Basilica, Poreč, Croatia

Mosaic of Mary and the Child, Euphrasian Basilica, Poreč, Croatia, 6th century (Photo: Sissel Undheim)


The Religions of Late Antiquity research group consists of scholars at UiB and affiliates who work with late antique religions and religiosity. One main perspective is to study late antiquity as a transitional period, during which traditional and local religions were replaced by monotheistic and universal religions. The research group receives funding from the Norwegian Research Council.


Examples of topics studied

religious (in/)tolerance

orthodoxy and heresy

scriptural religion

dogmas and rituals

religious institutions

religion and body


Functions of the Religions of Late Antiquity Research Group

We organize international workshops, often at the Norwegian Institute in Athens.

An important objective is to cultivate international contacts, partnerships, projects and activities.

Santa Maria Antiqua Sarcophagus

Notable publications on Religions in Late Antiquity by group members in 2020

2020 has been a challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The RiLa research group was unfortunately not able to hold the international workshop which was originally to take place during Spring 2021. The year has nevertheless been productive, as the members of the research group have contributed...

International Workshop
A photo of the workshop partiticants

Snapshots of an engaging and intriguing academic workshop

The purpose of this workshop was to meet, as well as to share our research interests and results with one another.

Members of the Research Group

Einar Thomassen (UiB)

Ingvild S. Gilhus (UiB)

Sissel Undheim (UiB)

Alexandros Tsakos (UiB)

Christian H. Bull (UiB)

Moa Airijoki (UiB)

Photo of Alexandros Tsakos tracing graffiti on Sai Island (Nubia)

Alexandros Tsakos traces graffiti on Sai Island, Nubia (Photo: Alexandros Tsakos)


Research Group leader: prof. Einar Thomassen

Administrative coordinator: PhD candidate Moa Airijoki

For further information or questions concerning the research group, please contact Moa Airijoki (moa.airijoki@uib.no)