PSCO Presentation

"Religious and Social History of Roman North Africa"
Michele Salzman, University of California, Riverside
2 March, 2001

The Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins will hold its final meeting on Thursday, March 22, 7-9 pm in the second floor lounge of Logan Hall at the University of Pennsylvania.

Michele Salzman, professor of Ancient History at the University of California, Riverside, will be speaking on "Religious and Social History of Roman North Africa." She will examine the Christianization of aristocrats from Constantine to Theodosius II, with particular emphasis on the role of religion in shaping the rhythms of daily life. Salzman is author of Roman Time: The Codex-Calendar of 354 and the Rhythms of Urban Life in Late Antiquity (University of California Press, 1990), as well as several articles on Roman history and religion. Harvard University Press will soon publish Salzman's most recent work, The Making of a Christian Aristocracy: Social and Religious Change in the Western Roman Empire.

Suggested Reading

In preparation, Prof. Salzman has asked that we read:

1. "L'aristocratie lettree paienne: une menace aux yeux d'Augustin (a propos du sermon Dolbeau 26-Mayence 62)," in Augustin Predicateur (395-411), ed. G. Madec = Collection des Etudes Augustiniennes, Series Antiquite 159 (Paris, 1998).

2. Augustine Sermon 198 (Dolbeau 198-Mainz 62), translation by Edmund Hill in Augustine Sermons III/11, Newly Discovered Sermons, published by New City Press (1997), pp. 180-237.

3. Augustine Sermon 62 , sections 7-16, translation by Edmund Hill in Augustine Sermons III, published by New City Press (1991), pp. 159-169.

4. J.B. Rives, "The Failure of the Civic Model," Chapter 3 of Religion and Authority in Roman Carthage from Augustus to Constantine, pp. 173-249, would be good background reading.


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