Classical Connections Public Lecture: Dr Joseph Sanzo (Warwick) "Religious Differentiation, Communal Boundaries, and the Late Antique Christian Masses: The Evidence from Amulets and Related Sources"
Dr Joseph Sanzo (Warwick)
Dr Joseph Sanzo is currently an IAS WIRL-COFUND at the University of Warwick. Previous to this, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at LMU München. His research focuses on the diverse religious traditions of the late antique Mediterranean world, with a particular emphasis on ritual in lived religion. He is the author of Scriptural Incipits on Amulets from Late Antique Egypt (Mohr Siebeck, 2014).
"Was the construction and maintenance of clear-cut boundaries between religious insiders and outsiders primarily a concern of the Christian elite during late antiquity? This paper examines the uses of religious differentiation against Jews on Christian amulets and related materials to show that the impulse to differentiate was probably much more widespread across different social strata in late antique Christianity than scholars now generally acknowledge."