"Multitudo Immanis: Public Disorder and Communal Identity in Late Antique Alexandria"

Christopher Haas (Villanova University)

 THE FIFTH MEETING OF 1999-2000 will be held on Thursday, March 9 from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Lounge on the second floor of Logan Hall at the University of Pennsylvania. Persons wishing to dine with other participants prior to the meeting should meet at 6 pm at Logan Hall (southeast of Locust Walk and 36th Street Walk). Take-out food (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) will be provided. Cost is $7-10 per person.
 Please RSVP to either chairperson (addresses above), if possible, so that we might have a rough idea of how much food to arrange.

Suggested Readings:

A sampling of ancient sources

Ammianus Marcellinus 22.11, 22.16.15-23 (J. C. Rolfe, trans. in LCL, vol. 2, pp. 257-263, 303-309)

Expositio Totius Mundi et Gentium 34-37, (ed. and trans. J. Rouge/, Sources Chre/tiennes, vol. 124)

Julian, Ep. 21, 47 (W. C. Wright, trans. in LCL, vol. 3, pp. 61-67, 143-151), (Bidez-Cumont nos. 60, 111)

Historia Acephala 18 (NPNF ser. 2, vol. 4 , p. 499) (available online)

Socrates Scholasticus, Historia Ecclesiastica 5.16-17, 7.13-15 (NPNF ser. 2, vol. 2, pp. 126-127, 159-160) (available online)

Modern Discussions

Garth Fowden, "Religious Communities" in Bowersock, Brown, and Grabar, Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World (Cambridge, MA, 1999), pp. 82-106

William D. Barry, "Popular Violence and the Stability of Roman Alexandria" Bulletin de la Société Archéologique d'Alexandrie 45 (1993): 19-34

C. Haas, Alexandria in Late Antiquity (Baltimore, 1997), chap 1

Jay Treat