The Acts of the Ecumenical Councils

One great historian of antiquity has claimed (only half-jokingly) that we actually know more about the council of Chalcedon AD 451 than about any other event in ancient history. This is due to the fact that from this council as well as from several other late antique councils, comprehensive verbatim accounts are extant. These transactions were published in antiquity together with numerous other important documents as the so-called Acts. There are numerous reasons why the Acts have been much neglected so far. I have received a € 1,497,250 Starting Grant from the ERC for a major research project on the Acts, with the goal of making their evidence accessible to other scholars and to putting several received ideas in late antique studies to the test.

1st Workshop (Bamberg, July 1-3, 2015): Current and Novel Trends in Research on the Acts of the Ecumenical Councils

2nd Workshop (Bamberg, July 6-8, 2016): Law and Lawmaking in the Acts of the Ecumenical Councils

3rd Workshop (Bamberg, July 5-7, 2017): Redaction and Publication of Conciliar Acts, Laws and Other Documents in Late Antiquity

4th Workshop (Bamberg, July 4-6, 2018): Trial Procedure in the Acts of the Ecumenical Councils and Other Late Antique Documentary Sources

5th Workshop (Bamberg, July 10-12, 2019): Unabridged Documents Preserved in the Acts of the Ecumenical Councils and Other Contexts