APRIL 2023

Egypt was part of the Roman world for seven centuries, from the Roman conquest of Egypt in 31 BC to the annexation of Egypt by the Rashidun caliphate in AD 646. This period saw the exchange of languages, cultural and religious ideas and concepts across borders, including the spread the Egyptian Isis cult into the Roman West and the emergence of Christian monastic culture in Egypt’s deserts. This interdisciplinary conference will be arranged by the University of Bristol and hosted by the British School at Rome and the Norwegian Institute in Rome in April 2023.

We call for proposals for 20-minute papers from scholars across diverse disciplines such as Egyptology, Classical archaeology, art history and religious studies, examining the ways in which cross-cultural encounters between Egypt and the Roman Empire resulted in the exchange of religions and ideas, and impacted visual and material culture. We welcome papers dealing with any Roman or Byzantine province, including Egypt; papers focusing on the Western Roman provinces are particularly encouraged.

Please send abstracts to Maiken Mosleth King at by 4 September 2022. We look forward to hearing from you.


13th April 2023: British School at Rome, Via Antonio Gramsci, 61, 00197, Rome

14th April 2023: Norwegian Institute in Rome, Viale Trenta Aprile, 33, 00153, Rome

Key note speaker: Prof Sabine Huebner, University of Basel

Further information about the programme and registration will be posted in the autumn of 2022.

CONTACT: Maiken Mosleth King, Department of Classics & Ancient History at the University of Bristol,

Conference fees:

Conference + lunch, tea and coffee for 2 days: EUR100

Discounted fee for students and postgraduates: EUR75

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