Friday, February 22, 2013

Durham Conference: The Construction of Time in Antiquity

On 3–4 March 2013, a two-day international conference, The Construction of Time in Antiquity, will be held in Durham, England. The conference is sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of Durham University and is convened by Lutz Doering and Jonathan Ben-Dov. The conference is free and open to all; however, seating is limited, so please write to to register your name.

The Construction of Time in Antiquity
Durham University, University College, Senate Suite, 3–4 March 2013
Sunday, 3 March 2013

13.00–13.30 Start of the Conference with Buffet Lunch

13.30–13.45 Welcome

13.45–14.30 John Steele (Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island): Real and Constructed Time in Babylonian Astral Medicine

14.30–15.15 Lorenzo Verderame (Università Sapienza di Roma): Mapping the Mythical Time in Rituals: The Mesopotamian Case


15.45–16.30 Alexandra von Lieven (Freie Universität Berlin): Divine Figurations of Time in Ancient Egypt

16.30–17.15 Ivana Petrovic (Durham University): Greek Festivals as Medium of Communication between Gods and Men


17.45–18.30 Robert Hannah (University of Otago, currently IAS Fellow): The Antikythera Mechanism

18.30–19.15 Jörg Rüpke (Universität Erfurt): Constructing Future Time: Divination by Calendars

19.45 Conference Dinner (for speakers)

Monday, 4 March 2013

9.00–9.45 Sacha Stern (University College London): Calendars, Politics, and Power Relations in the Roman Empire

9.45–10.30 Ted Kaizer (Durham University): Re-constructing Religious Time at Dura-Europos: Another Look at the Feriale Duranum


11.00–11.45 Jonathan Ben-Dov (Haifa University, currently IAS Fellow): Time and National Identity: The Sabbath in Jewish Hellenistic Writings

11.45–12.30 Lutz Doering (Durham University): The Beginning of the Day in Ancient Jewish Sources

Break, Buffet Lunch

14.30–15.15 Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris): Seasoning the Bible - Biblifying Time Through Fixed Liturgical Reading Systems (Lectionaries)

15.15–16.00 Robert Hayward (Durham University): The Ember Days in Early Christianity


16.30–17.15 Clemens Leonhard (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster): Why Did They Celebrate? Appointed Times and Festivals in Early Christianity

17.15–17.45 Final Discussion