"Private Religion and the Rise of Christianity"
Wed, April 21, 2010 • 5:00 PM • CBA 4.348
The Workshop on Late Antiquity presents:
a talk by Kim Bowes (Cornell University)
The history of Christianity had been dominated by its public face--by bishops, by great basilicas, by doctrinal struggles. This talk addresses Christianity's other history--the history of private worship in the home.
Drawing on both archaeological and textual evidence, it describes the challenge that domestic worship presented to a still-nascent public institution.
Kimberly Bowes is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at Cornell University. She is the author of Private Worship and Public Values: Religious Change in Late Antiquity (Cambridge University Press, 2008); co-editor of Between Text and Territory: Survey and Excavation in the terra of San Vincenzo al Volturno (British School Monographs, Rome/London, 2007) with Richard Hodges and Karen Francis; and of Hispania in Late Antiquity: Current Approaches (Brill, Leiden, 2005) with Michael Kulikowski.