Unclassical Traditions II: Perspectives from East and West in Late Antiquity has been published this week. The book is edited by Richard Flower - the college's Research Fellow in Classics - together with his colleagues Christopher Kelly and Michael Stuart Williams.

Like its sister volume, which was published in October last year, Unclassical Traditions II comprises a collection of essays discussing the nature and extent of the late-antique engagement with the classical past. Topics range from Armenian ecclesiastical histories, Egyptian alchemy and Jewish power politics, moving round the Mediterranean to the challenges raised by shifting circumstances in fifth-century North Africa and Ostrogothic Italy. As well as editing the volume, Richard also contributed a chapter on the emergence of catalogues of heresies in the late fourth century, which were written as attempts to help their authors gain the upper hand in vehement and violent quarrels over the definition of Christian orthodoxy.

This is an archived news story, first posted in 2011.

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