Research Group: Religions of Late Antiquity

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 with a number of publications within the field of Religions of Late Antiquity.

Group picture from the workshop in February 2020
Zarko Tancosic
Santa Maria Antiqua Sarcophagus
Sissel Undheim

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List of publications in 2020 and early 2021*


Bull, Christian H. “The Panopolis Connection: the Pachomian Federation as Context for the Nag Hammadi Codices.” In P. Buzi (ed.), Coptic Literature in Context (4th–13th cent.) (Roma: Edizioni Quasar, 2020), 133–147.

——. “Appendix: John of Parallos, Homily Against Heretical Books: translation and introduction.” In T. Burke (ed.), New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, vol. 2 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2020), 553–558.

——. “Prophesying the Demise of Egyptian Religion in Late Antiquity: The Perfect Discourse and Antoninus in Canopus.” Numen: International Review for the History of Religions 68 (2021): 180–203. 

Bull, Christian H. & Alexandros Tsakos. “The Book of Bartholomew: A new translation and introduction.” In T. Burke (ed.), New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, vol. 2 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2020), 87–126.

Gilhus, Ingvild S. “Braiding Ropes, Weaving Baskets: the narrative culture of ancient monasticism.” In D. Johansen, A. Kirsch, J. Weinath (eds.), Narrative Cultures and the Aesthetics of Religion (Supplements to Method & Theory in the Study of Religion 14; Leiden: Brill, 2020), 249-269.

——. “The Cosmology of Lists in Ancient and Contemporary Societies.” Marburg Journal of Religion 22:2 (2020), 19 p. Online https://archiv.ub.uni­marburg.de/ep/0004/issue/view/248

——. “Sources for the Study of Animals in Ancient Greek Religion.” In J. Kindt (ed.), Animals in Greek Religion (London: Routledge, 2020), 41–58.

——. “Alive and on the Move: the future study of religion.” Religion 50 (2020) 60–64.

——. Clothes and Monasticism in Ancient Christian Egypt: A New Perspective on Religious Garments. London: Routledge 2021.

Thomassen, Einar. “Were There Valentinian Schools?” In G.H.Snyder (ed.), Christian Teachers in Second-Century Rome (Vigiliae Christianae Supplements 159; Leiden: Brill 2020), 32–44.

——. “The Relative Chronology of the Valentinian Systems.” In E. Thomassen & C. Markschies (eds.), Valentinianism: New Studies (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies 96; Leiden: Brill 2020), 15–28.

——. “Melchizedek (NHC IX,1).” Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception 18:543–544.

——. The Coherence of “Gnosticism.” Hans-Lietzmann-Vorlesungen 18. Berlin: De Gruyter 2021.

Thomassen, Einar & Christoph Markschies. Valentinianism: New Studies. Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies 96. Leiden: Brill, 2020.

——. “Introduction.” Ibid., 1–14.

Tsakos, Alexandros, Oei van Gerven, W.J. Vincent. “Translating Greek to Old Nubian: Reading between the lines of Ps.-Chrysostom’s In venerabilem crucem sermo.” In M. Toca & D. Batovici (eds.), Caught in Translation: Studies on versions of Late Antique Christian Literature (Texts and Studies in Eastern Christianity 17; Leiden: Brill, 2020), 204–240.

Undheim, Sissel. “The Vestal Nun: Afterlife and reception of Vestal virgins in art and literature in Late Antiquity and after.” Journal of Early Christian History 10:2 (2021). In press.

* The list is restricted to international publications and excludes book reviews.