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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 (LABS).

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:

2016 Spring Research Seminars

Dr. Yury Arzhanov, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Syriac Progymnasmata: Some observations on Syriac collections of moral sentences and their use in rhetorical education

Date and Time: Thursday, 10 March 2016, 5pm
Venue: Cardiff University, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Room 5.26


Note also:


. JLARC, Volume 9 (2015) 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