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Ritual Dynamics in Late Antiquity

One-day colloquium in the School of Classics, University of St Andrews to be held on Wednesday 3rd June 2015.

Organised by Crystal Addey School of Classics, St Andrews.

We regret that there is no disabled access to the second floor where the colloquim will be held.

Programme | ‌Final Programme (PDF, 383 KB)

10:00 - 10:15 Welcome and opening address  
10:15 - 11:00 Dr Crystal Addey (University of St Andrews)  Iamblichus and Proclus on Divination and the Kairos in the Ritual Practices of Late Antiquity
11:00 - 11:45 Dr Ralph Anderson (University of St Andrews) “Work with the god”: Military Divination and Rational Battle-planning in Xenophon
11:45 - 12:15 Coffee break  
12:15 - 1:00 Dr Victoria Leonard (Cardiff University) The Goddess, the Earth and an Impure Offering? Vestal Virgins and Live Burial
1:00 - 2:00 Lunch  
2:00 - 2:45 Ms. Eleonora Zeper (Università di Roma Tre-Tor Vergata) Sacrifice in Iamblichus and Julian the Emperor: A Path for Eudaimonia
2:45 - 3:30 Dr Giuseppe Muscolino (University of Catania)  The Double Aspect of Theurgic Ritual in Porphyry’s Philosophy from Oracles (Philosophia ex oraculis)
3:30 - 4:00 Coffee break  
4:00 - 4:45 Dr Eirini Foteini Viltanioti (University of Oxford)

  Porphyry’s “real powers”

4:45 - 5:15 Roundtable discussion  



The colloquium is free to attend and all are welcome.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided free for all attendees. 

Please register for the colloquium by Monday 25th May if you plan to attend so that we can ensure accurate numbers for catering purposes. 

 Please email: by Monday 25 May 2015 to register your attendance and please specify any dietary requirements.


Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the town may be found on the VisitScotland website. Early booking is recommended!


 For academic matters relating to colloquim, email Crystal Addey ( or Eleonora Zeper (

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