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  Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 17:30p.m.

Late Antiquity in Russia: From Rostovtzeff to Batkin

Faculty Tower, #409


Elena Sergejeva

Novgorod State University, Russia

Late Antiquity has become one of the most exciting new fields of historical inquiry in Europe and the United States. The cradle of the Late Roman revolution was rocked in Russia by such eminent scholars as Michael Rostovtzeff and André Grabar, both expelled from their homeland by the events of 1917. In what context did the study of the Constantinian turn develop before the coming of Communism and after the fall of the Soviet Empire? This talk will present the traditions of Russian historiography of the Late Empire and the new achievements of the post-Soviet generation of historians.

Elena Sergejeva (PhD, ancient history) teaches Latin as well as ancient and early medieval history at Novgorod State University. She is dealing with the history of early Christianity with special focus on the making of Christian community in North Africa, pre-Constantine hagiography, and the problems of identity in ancient Christianity. She is a CEU Visiting Fellow in the CEU Medieval Studies Department. She is currently working on a book entitled A Land of Strangers: Identities and Communities in pre-Nicaean North Africa.

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