PSCO Presentation

"Ritual Transformations"
Susan T. Stevens, Randolph Macon Woman's College
1 March, 2001

The Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins will meet Thursday, 1 March, 7-9 p.m. in the second second floor Lounge of Logan Hall at the University of Pennsylvania.

Susan T. Stevens will discuss ritual transformations by focusing on the context of her Bir Ftouha excavations in Carthage. She will explore how temples became churches and how daily household items served as ritual objects. Stevens' research has taken her to Carthage every summer since 1988 to excavate and work at the National Museum. A past president of the Byzantine Studies Conference, she has spent this past year in residence at the American Academy in Rome. A brief biography is available.

Suggested Reading

Liliane Ennabli, Carthage: Une Metropole Chretiennes du 4 a la fin du 7 siecle: Etudes d'Antiquites africaines, CNRS 1997, "Les Monuments" 45-141.

S. Stevens, A. V. Kalinowski, N. vanderLeest, "The Early Christian pilgrimage complex at Bir Ftouha, Carthage:Interim Report," Journal of Roman Archaeology 11(1998) 371-83.


We will gather for supper at 6:10 pm in Houston Marketplace, the basement of Houston Hall (next to Logan Hall). The Marketplace offers an inexpensive a la carte variety cuisine buffet. For those who do not know the location, we will be leaving from the Logan Lounge at 6:00 p.m.

For more information contact one of the co-chairs, or