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Centre For Late Antique Religion & Culture (CLARC)

Dr Josef Lössl looking through books at the Centre

This centre promotes and supports the study of late antique religion and culture from the late Hellenistic Period to the early Middle Ages, also in relation to earlier and later periods, in particular Classical Antiquity and the modern world.

Academic staff members are experts in Classical and Oriental Languages, History, Archaeology, Philosophy, Theology, Religious Studies, Cultural Studies and Literature.

Postgraduate research students with a wide range of interests take advantage of a unique set of expertise brought together by the Centre.

Staff members, research students and researchers from associated institutions are collaborating on several major research projects.

Since 2007 the Centre hosts the Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture (JLARC), a peer-reviewed free-access online journal on topics related to the Centre's main areas of interest.

Postgraduate taught programmes include an MA Religion in Late Antiquity as a route within the MA in Religious Studies and an MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies.

A wide range of modules is offered by members of the Centre for Undergraduate teaching.

The classical language programme is a particularly strong area of activity of the centre.


Coming soon:

The 47th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies

The Emperor in the Byzantine World

Cardiff University, 25-27 April, 2014

In Byzantine Studies it is a strange fact that there exists no equivalent to Fergus Millar’s The Emperor in the Roman World, despite the centrality of the ruler in the Byzantine world. While there may be books on individual emperors or periods or aspects there is no general book on the emperor across the span of the Byzantine empire. This oddity is compounded by the recent publication of a plethora of books devoted to Byzantine empresses. This Symposium (the first Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies to be held in Wales) seeks to address this oddity, placing the Byzantine emperor centre stage as both ruler and man. The Symposium will consist of five main sessions, of three papers each, addressing the following themes: Dynasty; Imperial Literature; The Imperial Court; Imperial Duties; and The Material Emperor. In addition there will be a series of communications, as well as a public lecture on Byzantium and Wales.

Call for Communications
Academics, research students, and other members of the scholarly community are invited to offer communications (short ten-minute papers). Abstracts (of no more than 250 words) of proposed communications should be sent to by 13 January 2014 at the latest.

For more information click on this link.


Note also:


. Volume 7 (2013) of JLARC now available online 

. Back copies of JLARC now available as hard copies published by Gorgias Press



General Contact Details


Cardiff University

Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

John Percival Building, Colum Drive

Cardiff CF10 3EU


Email:,, or see Centre Contacts

Phone: +44 (0)29 208 70505

Fax: +44 (0)29 208 70505