New seminar series in 2021: Miracles in Graeco-Roman literature

New seminar series in 2021: Miracles in Graeco-Roman literature

Our Institute is pleased to announce a new series of seminars for 2021, led by one of our new Research Associates, Dr Anna Lefteratou on Miracles in Graeco-Roman literature: 1st c. AD to 5th century AD.

This seminar series will discuss miracles in pagan and Christian narratives ranging from the 1st to the 5th century AD. The format will include the parallel examination of key miracle themes found in the Gospels and their counterparts in other pagan texts. The aim will be to show the narrative similarities, the shared audience’s expectations, and also the ideological differences in the presentation of miracles in the different texts. English translations for all texts will be provided in advance.

Dr Anna Lefteratou is currently also a Research Associate at ERCAM, (‘Équipe de Recherches sur le Christianisme Ancien et Médiéval, Strasbourg), and was previously associated with the Institute of Classical Studies, London, the Heidelberg University and the University of Göttingen. More on Anna’s research and publications at:

Every seminar will take place between 5-6pm (45 mins lecture & 15 mins Q & A). The dates of the seminars are:

14th January 2021: ‘Healing the blind: cures for blindness in Asclepius dedications, Nonnus’ Dionysiaca 25.281–91, and John 9’.

21st January 2021: ‘Near deaths: Iphigenia and the Virgin from Antioch in Ambrose De Virginibus 4.22-31’.

28th January 2021: ‘Turning water into wine: the Cana Miracle from the pagan Dionysian perspective’.

4th February 2021: ‘Resurrection vs. Apparent death I: Chariton’s Callirhoe and Drusiana Apocryphal Acts of John: two cases of near-death experience’.

11th February 2021: ‘Resurrection vs. Apparent death II: Philostratus’ raising the Senator’s daughter  in the Life of Apollonius of Tyana and the Resurrection of the Daughter of Jairus’.

Participation in these seminars will be free and open to all.

The Zoom link for the five seminars is:
Meeting ID: 846 0733 7770