Late antique historiography represents an original continuation of classical historiography: it is marked by both traditionalism and innovation. Originally practiced in Greek and Latin, the genre was adopted and modified by the new languages that enrich the late antique landscape, such as Syriac, Armenian and Arabic. The changing cultural and religious environment of the years 300 to 800 A.D. gave rise to new questions about time, reality, and language that would shape historical thinking in the Mediterranean for centuries to come.

The research group Late Antique Historiography studies this fascinating genre in all its variety, and to that end includes ancient historians, classicists as well as oriental philologists. They will produce a database offering a complete inventory of all late ancient works of history, editions of fragmentary texts, and detailed studies on specific histories and related texts. In addition, various workshops and conferences will be organised.

The Research group is generously supported by the European Research Council, the Research Foundation – Flanders, and Ghent University Research Fund.


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