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Eric Rebillard

Professor

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 127
438 McGraw Hall
er97@cornell.edu
607-255-8640

Educational Background

Professor Rebillard received his PhD from the Sorbonne (Paris, France) in 1993 and is a former member of the Ecole française de Rome. He came at Cornell in 2004 after having held a research position in the French CNRS between 1996 and 2003.

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Overview

I work on the transformations of religious practices in Late Antiquity. Recently eighteen of my contributions to this field have been collected in a volume of the Variorum Collected Studies Series: Transformations of Religious Practices in Late Antiquity (Ashgate 2014). Christians and their Many Identities, which was published by Cornell University Press in 2012, is now available as a paperback. My last book, Greek and Latin Narratives about the Ancient Martyrs, is published in the Oxford Early Christian Texts series (2017). It is a collection, with facing-page translations, of Greek and Latin Acts of Christian martyrs. While Herbert Musurillo in his authoritative collection claimed to gather the most ‘authentic’ and ‘reliable’ accounts, recent scholarship has rejected all claims of authenticity and described these texts as forgeries. This collection attempts at moving beyond this dichotomy and at providing a textual basis for a new appraisal of these narratives. The texts included are known either to Eusebius (d. 339) or to Augustine (d. 431) and focus on martyrs executed before 260 CE. My next monograph will explore the context of composition of these first narratives and examine them in their contemporary horizon of reception.

I also serve as the Editor of L'Annee philologique on the Internet, the Bibliography of reference for Classical studies, and am the Principal Investigator of the Classical Works Knowledge Base Project.

Keywords

Roman History

Departments/Programs

  • Archaeology Program
  • Classics
  • Religious Studies Program

Graduate Fields

  • Archaeology
  • Classics
  • History
  • Medieval Studies
  • Near Eastern Studies

Affiliations

  • Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS)
  • French Studies Program
  • Jewish Studies Program

Research

  • History of Late Antiquity and Early Christianity
  • Augustine of Hippo
  • Roman Funerary Archaeology

Courses

Publications

Books

  • Greek and Latin Narratives about the Ancient Martyrs. Oxford Early Christian Texts. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • Transformations of Religious Practices in Late Antiquity. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2014.
  • Christians and their Many Identities in Late Antiquity, North Africa, 200-450 CE. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2012 (paperback 2016).
  • The Care of the Dead in Late Antiquity. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2009 [English translation of Religion et sépulture: l’Église, les vivants et les morts dans l’Antiquité tardive (IIIe-Ve siècles). Civilisations et sociétés 115. Paris: Éd. de l’EHESS, 2003].
  • Musarna. 3, La nécropole impériale. Collection de l’École française de Rome 415. Rome: École française de Rome, 2009.
  • In hora mortis: évolution de la pastorale chrétienne de la mort aux IVe et Ve siècles dans l’Occident latin. Bibliothèque des Écoles Françaises d’Athènes et de Rome 283. Rome: École française de Rome, 1994.

Edited volumes

  • Group Identity and Religious Individuality in Late Antiquity. Edited by Éric Rebillard and Jörg Rüpke. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2015.
  • Les frontières du profane dans l’Antiquité tardive. Edited by Éric Rebillard and Claire Sotinel. Rome: École française de Rome, 2010.
  • Economie et religion dans l’Antiquité tardive. Edited by Éric Rebillard and Claire Sotinel.  Special issue of Antiquité tardive 14 (2006): 15-116.
  • Hellénisme et christianisme. Edited by Michel Narcy and Éric Rebillard. Lille: Presses universitaires du Septentrion, 2004.
  • Orthodoxie, christianisme, histoire = Orthodoxy, christianity, history. Collection de l’École française de Rome 270. Edited by Susanna Elm, Éric Rebillard and Antonella Romano, Rome: École française de Rome, 2000.
  • L’évêque dans la cité du IVe au Ve siècle: image et autorité. Collection de l’École française de Rome 248. Edited by Éric Rebillard and Claire Sotinel. Rome: École française de Rome, 1998.