3 Apr 2017 - 5 Apr 2017 All day Room G.21, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 9DA


This three-day international conference will be the culminating event for the 'Bible and Antiquity in 19th-Century Culture' Project, which is now in its fifth year. It will bring together scholars from diverse fields, including classics, cultural history, english literature, art history, and theology, in order to investigate the interface between the study of the Bible and the study of antiquity both in Victorian Britain and the wider world. 


The conference is supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge, and by funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ ERC grant agreement no 295463.




Monday 3 April 2017
11:30 – 12:00


12:00 - 13:20

Suzanne Marchand

'The Death of Romanticism and its Philological and Historical Consequences'

Respondent: Glenn Most (University of Chicago)

13:20 - 14:3


14:30 - 15:50

Katherine Harloe (University of Reading)

'Heyne’s Biblical-Classical Comparison: Contexts, Character and Reception'

Respondent: Theodor Dunkelgrün (University of Cambridge)

15:50 - 16:30


16:30 - 17:50

Brian Young (University of Oxford)

'George Grote and some Contemporaries: Atheist and Christian Conceptions of Greek Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Britain'

Respondent: Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge)

Tuesday 4 April 2017
09:30 - 11:00

Martha Vandrei (University of Exeter)

'Universalising Disciplines in the Nineteenth-Century: Responses to a Fragmenting World'

Respondent: Jocelyn Betts (University of Cambridge)

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:50

Jeremy Morris (University of Cambridge)

'The Politics of Liturgical Renewal: Christian Antiquity, Scripture and Confessional Identity in the Long Nineteenth Century'

Respondent: Tim Larsen (Wheaton College)

12:50 - 13:50

Kate Nichols (University of Birmingham)

'Biblical Imagery and the Invention of Victorian Art at the 1887 Manchester Jubilee Exhibition'

Respondent: Shinjini Das (University of Cambridge)

15:10 - 15:40


15:40 - 17:00

Alex Bremner (University of Edinburgh)

'Between ‘Popes and Caesars’: St Paul, Protestant Bible Culture, and the Building of the American Episcopal Church in Rome'

Respondent: Michael Ledger-Lomas (King’s College London)

17:30 - 18:50

Ayla Lepine (University of Essex)

'Jerusalems New and Old: Tracing Biblical Echoes in Britain and America’s Utopian Twentieth-Century Cathedral'

Respondent: Carrie Vout (University of Cambridge)

Wednesday 5 April 2017
10:00 - 11:20

Norman Vance (University of Sussex)

'Martial, St Paul and the Essex Girl: a Legend Revived'

Respondent: Gareth Atkins (University of Cambridge)

11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 13:10

Ruth Abbott (University of Cambridge)

'George Eliot in the Biblioteca Magliabechiana'

Respondent: Stefano Evangelista (University of Oxford)

13:10 - 14:10


14:10 - 15:30

Brian Murray (King’s College London)

'The Martyr of Melanesia: The Cult of Coleridge Patteson'               

Respondent: Kirstie Blair (University of Strathclyde)

15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 17:20

Robert Priest (Royal Holloway, University of London)

'The Principle of Oberammergau is Fused with that of Athens: The Biblical and the Classical at the Oberammergau Passion Play, 1830 –1910'

Respondent: Ruth Jackson (University of Cambridge)

17:30 - 18:00

Final Words

Simon Goldhill (University of Cambridge)


Tel: +44 1223 766886
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