Rebecca Sweetman, University of St Andrews – Mobility and the Mediterranean in Late Antiquity
22 Oct 2020, 04:00 pm to 22 Oct 2020
Rebecca Sweetman`s research interests includes Greek and Roman Archaeology, Roman and Late Antique Crete and the Peloponnese (especially Sparta). Art and Architecture including; Roman and Late Antique mosaics and architecture of Crete and Greece. Religious architecture. She is currently working on a new project on the Cycladic islands in the Roman and Late Antique periods, funded by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship. This project involves a study of religion and economy by focusing on network analysis.
She will give us a lecture on Mobility and the Mediterranean in Late Antiquity - The term Christianization refers to both the means and end-result of conversion to Christianity. To date studies of literary data and material culture such as architecture and epigraphy have enabled scholars to focus more on the impact of Christianity than on the actual spread in the Eastern Mediterranean. The consequence of this has been that while a great deal has been done to counter traditional views of the negative elements of conversion, such as destruction of temples, and even highlight the more positive aspects such as a peaceful transition, we are still left with more nebulous views of how and why Christianization was so successful. This paper will explore evidence for movement of people and goods in the Eastern Mediterranean with the aim of understanding the practicalities of the spread of Christianity.