Spatial Conversion and Christian Identity in Late Antiquity
The Complexity of Conversion - Intersectional Perspectives on Religious Change in Antiquity and Beyond - Valérie Nicolet
Anna Lampadaridi [+]
Institut Protestant de Théologie (Paris) and the Institut Catholique (Paris)
Anna Lampadaridi holds a PhD in Hellenic Studies (Byzantine Literature) from the University Paris Sorbonne–Paris IV (2011). In Paris, she has participated in various research programs (UMR 8167 Orient et Méditerranée / IRHT / Labex Resmed). She is a member of the Institut Français d’Études Byzantines (IFEB) and of the editorial board of the Revue des Études Byzantines. She teaches Ancient Greek at the Institut Protestant de Théologie (Paris) and the Institut Catholique (Paris). She is currently a Newton International Fellow (British Academy) at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on Late Antique and Byzantine Hagiography. She won the 2019 Prix Marguerite and Charles Diehl (Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres) for her monograph: La conversion de Gaza au christianisme: La Vie de S. Porphyre de Gaza par Marc le Diacre (BHG 1570). Edition critique– traduction–commentaire (Subsidia Hagiographica 95), Brussels: Société des Bollandistes, 2016.
This paper discusses the development of a particular form of conversion narrative in Late Antiquity. It focuses on the Life of Porphyry of Gaza by Mark the Deacon (BHG 1570) that offers an interesting case to look into the conversion of pagan space into Christian space, as an attempt to legitimate history.