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As a scholar, with more than 50 years of productive research behind him, Graeme Clarke has achieved international distinction in two fields: in early Christian studies (through his work on Minucius Felix and Cyprian) and archaeology (through excavation at Jebel Khalid in Syria and the publication, in five volumes, of the excavations). This volume in Graeme’s honour, supported by a special publication subsidy from the Australian Academy of the Humanities, comprises 29 contributions from scholars across the world whose work has overlapped in significant ways with his. Some essays consider specific sites, specific bodies of evidence or specific objects; but they go on to raise broader questions regarding archaeological publication, the tracking of aesthetic preferences, ethnic identity, cultural relations, social practices and individual wellbeing in the ancient world. A cluster of papers takes as their subject Jebel Khalid, the wider region of the Euphrates, and the Roman East more generally. Others, following Graeme’s work on early Christianity and on Cyprian, take us to North Africa and, ultimately, into the troubled world of the later Roman empire.
Elizabeth Minchin and Heather Jackson (eds), Text and the Material World: Essays in Honour of Graeme Clarke (Uppsala: Astrom Editions, 2017).
Please join us in celebrating Graeme’s research and its lasting influence on generations of scholars.
Image: Coin of Seleucus II, 246-225 BC, from Jebel Khalid (inv.no. 93.178). Drawn by Judith Sellers.