HS4 Late Antiquity


HS4 (previously PHI8) is a group of faculty and graduate students devoted to the study of religion, culture, art, literature, and philosophy in the ancient Mediterranean during the later Roman empire (a period known as Late Antiquity). Its members are mainly from Religious Studies, Classics, and Philosophy departments at Colgate, Cornell, Hamilton, and Lemoyne, Its members has also included scholars from University of Rochester, University of Buffalo, and Vassar. The group has met twice per semester since 2000 for seminars devoted to work in progress by members and visiting scholars, and discussing new books in this interdiscipinary field. Thanks to previous Corridor support, we hosted a two-day symposium at Colgate in 2014 (as PHI8) and a two-day symposium at SU in Spring 2019 (Trees).

Active since: 2013

Closed Group of Collaborators

  • Syracuse University
  • Cornell University
  • Le Moyne College
  • Colgate University

Group Organizers

Georgia Frank

Charles A. Dana Professor of Religion, Colgate University

Virginia Burrus

Bishop W. Earl Ledden Professor of Religion, Syracuse University

Kim Haines-Eitzen

Paul and Berthe Hendrix Memorial Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Cornell University

Jennifer Glancy

Rev. Kevin G. O’Connell, S.J., Professor of Religious Studies, Le Moyne College

Group Members

  • Albrecht Diem (Professor of History, Syracuse)
  • Barbara Gold (Edward North Professor Classics and Greek Literature Emerita, Hamilton)
  • Karmen MacKendrick (Professor of Philosophy, LeMoyne)
  • Anne Merideth (Professor of Instruction in Religion, Univ. of Rochester)
  • Patricia Cox Miller (Bishop W. Earl Ledden Professor, Emerita, Department of Religion, Syracuse)
  • Glenn Peers (Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Art History, Syracuse)
  • Carolyn Twomey (Visiting Assistant Professor of History, St. Lawrence)

Non Corridor Members

  • Suzanne Abrams Rebillard (Corning Museum of Glass)
  • Rebecca Krawiec (Professor of Religious Studies, Canisius College)

Group Outcomes


HST's projects have been organized by a group known as LARCeNY (est. 2001), which stands for Late Antique Religion in Central New York. This partial list of publications which acknowledge the support of this group conveys the importance of workshopping work in progress.