2017 Conference of the Society For The Study Of Early Christianity – Registration Now Open

Apostles And The Churches They Founded: History, Tradition And Legend
2017 Conference of the Society For The Study Of Early Christianity (SSEC) within the Ancient Cultures Research Centre, Macquarie University
Robert Menzies College, Trinity Chapel
Saturday 6 May 2017

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Enquiries: Karyn Young or Professor Alanna Nobbs (SSEC Office (02) 9850-7512, Email: ssec@mq.edu.au).

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Note: There is no parking at the venue. Paid parking is available at Macquarie Uni and Macquarie Shopping Centre. Some parking is available in the streets nearby. We suggest you travel by train to the Macquarie University railway station or use other public transport eg. Government bus. If you require a disabled parking space, please contact us by email or phone.
Note: receipts will be sent via email to keep costs down. Paper receipts will be available at the conference registration desk.
Note: Limited places, we will take the first 120 registrations received at the SSEC office.

2017 Conference Curtain Raiser
Date: Thursday 4 May 2017
Time: 7:05pm
Venue: Ancient Cultures Research Centre, W6A-308
Speaker: Dr Geoffrey Dunn (ACU), SSEC visiting fellow
Topic: “Peter in Rome: The Papal Reimagining of a Scriptural Tradition”

The presence of Peter in Rome is not attested to in the New Testament. It is consistently asserted or presumed however, in early Christian literature, from 1 Clement and Ignatius of Antioch, and from the interpretation of archaeological evidence in the necropolis under St Peter’s Basilica.

While the literary tradition for Peter’s presence in Rome seems as unassailable and trustworthy as any ancient literary evidence can be, it does not answer the question of Peter’s precise role in Rome and its ongoing significance. This would come to be asserted in episcopal letters from Roman bishops in later centuries.