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Late antique history: a day in honour of Jill Harries

Prof Jill Harries, picture by Mary WK

Jill Harries retires at the end of 2013, after a long career of scholarship and teaching at St Andrews. On 11th and 12th October a group of colleagues, former students and other friends will be gathering to mark the event with a series of papers on late antique history. All are welcome.

Jill came to St Andrews in 1976, after studying at Oxford and Harvard, and has taught and researched here ever since, as lecturer, senior lecturer and from 1998 as Professor of Ancient History. She served the Faculty of Arts as Advisor of Studies, and her School in many capacities. As Head of School (2000-2003) she persuaded the University to undertake the complete refurbishment of Swallowgate/Craigard, and persuaded her colleagues to become the School of Classics. She has taught every period of Ancient History and in particular courses on Roman law, on women in antiquity and on late antiquity. Many of her former graduate students now teach late antique topics in universities and schools around the world: some will be with us for this event. Jill has been a consistent champion of women in higher education, pressing their collective case, and giving encouragement to many individuals. She has wide research interests. Along with her late antique writing, which has moved back from the fall of Rome to the house of Constantine, she has done as much as anyone to foster conversations between Roman lawyers and Roman historians, and she has written a number of articles on gender history. Her books include Sidonius Apollinaris and the Fall of Rome, Law and Empire in Late Antiquity, Law and Crime in the Roman World, Cicero and the Jurists and Imperial Rome AD 284-363 and she has played, and continues to play, a key editorial role in many projects. Jill is much in demand to give keynote lectures and conference papers around the world. She has held visiting fellowships at All Souls College, Oxford at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and at Emory University. Jill has been a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 1996 and in 2010 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. We are delighted to count her as a colleague, and looking forward to reading the results of the many projects she has underway at the moment.

Friday 11th October

16:00  Caroline Humfress (Birkbeck) and Jill Harries (St Andrews): 
Why (Roman) historians need to think about law: reflections at the coalface.

Saturday 12th October

10:00 Coffee

Roger Rees (St Andrews): The Franco-Prussian War for Praise


Gillian Clark (Bristol): Augustine and the templebusters

12:00 Rebecca Sweetman (St Andrews): Landscapes of the Late Antique Peloponnese
12:45 Lunch
14:00 Kate Cooper (Manchester): Bishops and Zombies

Christopher Kelly (Cambridge): Pliny and Pacatus: the Problem of Praise

15:30 Tea
16:00 Mark Humphries (Swansea): The Shape of Late Antiquity
16:45 Timothy Barnes (Edinburgh): The Last Will and Testament of a Saint
19:00 Dinner

There will be a charge of £10 to register for the conference; tea, coffee and lunch are included. The deadline for registration is 8th October.

We will be dining at 7pm in a local restaurant - see menu below; the cost is £25 per person. The deadline for this is 3rd October.

Booking is now open through our online shop.

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Menu choices 12 October 2013 Dinner (Word, 42 KB)

We regret that we cannot provide accommodation for this conference. If you are seeking accommodation in St Andrews, you could try the VisitScotland search and booking facility.

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