From 27th to 29th September the Institute of History of the University of Warsaw will host a final conference of the ERC project entitled “The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity”. The ERC Advanced Grant project is based at the University of Oxford with an offshoot at the University of Warsaw and partnership at the University of Reading.


The project maps the cult of saints as a system of beliefs and practices in its earliest and most fluid form, from its origins until around AD 700 (by which date most cult practices were firmly established): the evolution from honouring the memory of martyrs, to their veneration as intercessors and miracle-workers; the different ways that saints were honoured and their help solicited; the devotion for relics, sacred sites and images; the miracles expected from the saints.


The conference will gather a group of historians, art historians, and classicists working on the religious evolution of Late Antiquity.


The programme of the conference and a registration form can be found on the website.