PSCO Presentation: 4 May, 2006

“Between the Martyrs and Hagiography: ‘Holiness’ and the Cult of the Martyrs in the Cappadocian Fathers, Mothers and Families”
Vasiliki Limberis, Temple University

The current year will be capped off on Thursday, 4 May 2006, with a presentation from our own Vasiliki Limberis (Temple University). As usual, we'll meet from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the 2nd Floor Lounge of Logan Hall on the University of Pennsylvania campus.


Those who wish to dine together in Houston Hall beforehand should meet at 6 in Logan, or go directly to the food court in Houston and look for familiar faces.

Suggested Readings

Here are a few suggestions for readings. The presentation is based on Dr. Limberis' current book project that is an outgrowth of the article in the Krueger volume, #2 below.

1. Introduction to J. Leemans, W. Mayer, P. Allen, and B. Dehandschutter, Let Us Die That We May Live, Routledge, 2003.

2. Chapter two, V. Limberis, "The Cult of the Martyrs and the Cappadocian Fathers," in Byzantine Christianity, A People's History of Christianity, D. Krueger, ed., Fortress, 2006.

3. Chapters 1,5,8,10 in R. Van Dam, Families and Friends in Late Roman Cappadocia, Philadelphia, 2003.

4. Chapter 1 of P. Rousseau, Basil of Caesarea, Berkeley, 1994.

5. Pp. 1-54 of H. Delehaye, Les Legends hagiographiques, Brussels, 1927.