Opening launch

 Tuesday, 4th October, 2022 

Location: Auditorium 4, Campus Rommelaere, Jozef Kluyskensstraat 33, 9000 Gent


Attendance is free, but registration is mandatory through  

Follow the event online: MS Teams 

The program can be downloaded here: GCLA Opening Event Program



Welcome by GCLA director Prof. Dr. Lieve van Hoof 

Overview of the research about Late Antiquity at the Department of Archaeology at Ghent University
(Prof. Dr. Frank Vermeulen) 


10h45: Dr. Sadi Maréchal 

Still a favourite custom. Public bathing in Late Antiquity 


11h00: Dr. Vince Van Thienen 

Late Antique Northern Gaul: an overview of Late Roman and Early Medieval archaeological research 


11h15: General discussion  



Overview of the research about Late Antiquity at the Department of Literature at Ghent University
(Dr. Julie Van Pelt) 


11h45: Prof. Dr. Marco Formisano and Leila Williamson
Coming after. Late antique ecopoetics (Claudian and Venantius Fortunatus) 


12h15: General discussion  


12h30-13h30 Lunch break  



Overview of the research in Late Antiquity at the Department of Linguistics at Ghent University
(Prof. Dr. Klaas Bentein and Prof. Dr. Giovanbattista Galdi) 


13h45: Ezra la Roi 

Contrasting metahistory and corpus linguistics: the histories of the optative in Post-Classical Greek 


14h00: Dr. Jeroen Wijnendaele 

The emergence of Queens in the Late Antique West: from invisible wives to royal patrons 


14h15: General discussion  



Overview of the research in Late Antiquity at the Department of History at Ghent University
(Prof. Dr. Peter van Neuffelen) 


14h45: Giorgia Nicosia and Dr. Mara Nicosia  

Language and History: the Syriac World and Greek-to-Syriac translations 


15h15: General discussion  


15h30-16h00 Coffee break 


Opening speech by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Philosophy, Prof. Dr. Gita Deneckere. 

Introduction and presentation of the Ghent Centre of Late Antiquity by Director Prof. Dr. Lieve van Hoof 


16h15: Key-note lecture by Prof. Dr. Peter Heather (King’s College London) 

From Late Rome to Late Antiquity – and possibly beyond? 


17h00 Reception



  • ICAN VI: 21-24 September 2022

The sixth International Conference on the Ancient Novel will take place in Ghent 21-24 September 2022.
All information can be found on the ican webpage: 


  • LVLT14: 5-9 September 2022

The 14th International Colloquium on Late and Vulgar Latin (Latin vulgaire – latin tardif XIV) will be held at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of Ghent University (Belgium) from Monday, September 5th to Friday, September 9th, 2022. It will be organized by the Latin section and the research group DiaLing at the Department of Linguistics.
All information can be found on the LVLT14 webpage: 



  • CfP! Letters and Politics in Late Antiquity:  31 May – 2 June 2023
We are inviting papers discussing the role of letters in late antique Roman politics (4th to 6th century AD): how did various late antique actors and interest groups use letters to try and influence decision making processes on all levels?
Letters played a prominent role in the functioning of social and political life in the late Roman Empire. News and information were often communicated by letter, and imperial and ecclesiastical decisions were in many cases negotiated and communicated via letters, which could even carry the force of law. As a result, letters are an invaluable source for research on late antique politics, yielding insight not just into decisions, but also into decision making processes. From this point of view, letters disclose the functioning of late Roman politics as a dynamic practice of negotiation and diplomacy. The thousands of letters that have been preserved from these centuries show late antique correspondents using the genre of the letter for recommending, arguing, defining, ordering, requesting, debating, and lobbying, in an attempt to influence decision making processes to their own advantage, as well as for authoritatively communicating decisions and laws.

The aim of this workshop is to shed new light on the important but underinvestigated role of letters in late antique Roman politics: what was the role of letters in late antique elite networks, the imperial bureaucracy and ecclesiastical controversies? What were the functions of different letter types, including letters of recommendation, petitions to the Emperor and the imperial legislative letters? How was authority created through (authentic or forged) letters in the context of legal procedures and theological controversy? What was the role of letter carriers, the cursus publicus, and letter collections in this political use of letters?

Organizers: Prof. dr. Lieve van Hoof, Marijke Kooijman and Matthijs Zoeter

Deadline for proposals: 27 July 2022

For registration and additional information please contact: or


  • Lexicologie et lexicographie syriaque: 4-9 July, 2022

Together with Professor Riccardo Contini, Mara Nicosia is the organizer of the atelier “Lexicologie et lexicographie syriaque” at the 13th Symposium Syriacum (Paris, 4-9 July 2022).


Summer courses

  • Introduction to Classical Arabic: 15-26 August, 2022

This summer Ghent University and OIKOS are organizing the second summer course introducing Classical Arabic. This year we will offer an extended two-week course to allow more in-depth practice with the Arabic script and orthography, besides the treatment of basic grammatical concepts and the reading of course material. The program will consist of a theoretical morning block, where we will introduce the script and grammar. In the afternoon you can choose to focus either on documentary or literary material. In the afternoon sessions we will read relevant texts to give you hands-on experience with the text type of your choice.

Instructors: Simon Ford (literary texts); Fokelien Kootstra (papyri)

For registration and additional information please contact:

Research seminars / reading groups


Public lectures