The complete Ancient Jew Review forum, “Animals in Late Antiquity,” is now available for your delectation!
Chin: “The human animal destroys itself through confusion over its animality, but it destroys other animals in that confusion too.”
Pedagogy series continues with Rhiannon Graybill, “Teaching Tactic: Critical Review of a Bible Film or Novel”
Graybill: "Thinking critically about Bible movies also offers an occasion to reflect on questions of representation (particularly of race and ethnicity, though also of gender) and of power that are highly relevant to students’ lives beyond the classroom. And when positioned at the end of the semester, the critical movie review provides a useful summative assessment while also avoiding the pain and pitfalls (for both student-writer and professor-reader) of the traditional analytical paper."
Book Note: Paula Hershkowitz, Prudentius, Spain, and Late Antique Christianity: Poetry, Visual Culture, and the Cult of the Martyrs (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)
Kirsch: “Hershkowitz’s reconstruction of Hispania in the late fourth century aims to establish not only the milieu from which Prudentius’ creative genius emerged, but also the social, religious, and intellectual profile of his intended audience. In this way, she provides a background that is crucial for a historically-sensitive evaluation of the Peristephanon.”
Articles and News
Papyrus Stories tackles a seventh-century BCE Israelite legal petition scratched on an ostracon.
BBC podcast collects a panel of specialists to discuss Achaemenid Persepolis.
An exploration of pre-modern automata, and the human-machine boundary.
On polychromatic marble and the ancient depiction of difference using colors.
New Testament Review podcast continues with a discussion of Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, In Memory of Her.
Extensive searchable database of Christian inscriptions from Greece and Asia Minor.
Laura Nasrallah’s terrific online course introducing the context and impact of the Letters of Paul.
A whistlestop tour of the shifting significance of Jesus’ foreskin.
For those in the vicinity of @HebrewU next week (or generally interested): terrific conference line-up organized by fellow @ancientjew compadre Simcha Gross (@Simcha_Gross) #lateantiquity pic.twitter.com/GtXsE2oPjG— Matthew Chalmers (@Matt_J_Chalmers) 7 June 2018
Mosaic depicting a victorious charioteer called Marcianus accompanied by the wish of victory NICHA (sic). Marcianus' lead horse is named as Inluminator and bears what appear to be a stable mark on his flank (Getuli). 4th century AD.— Following Hadrian (@carolemadge) 3 June 2018
National Museum of Roman Art, Merida (Spain). pic.twitter.com/lGcLplALCy