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History and Origins of the Antique World : Institut Fernand Courby - Institute of Christian Origins
 

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Axe(s) of research

The laboratory covers many fields; first and foremost in geographic terms as it comprises members from the Indian Ocean in the East to the European far West, and from Macedonia in the North to Egypt and the Arabian-Persian Gulf in the South.

The areas it covers are also vast in chronological terms as some researchers study Egypt of the Pharaohs, Greece from the beginning of  Archaic times to the end of the Roman Empire,  whilst others cover the end of the Byzantine civilisation in the Middle-East or the Middle Ages in the West.

A variety of disciplines are employed; researchers study written sources (ecdotic, epigraphy, papyrology, philosophy, theology, linguistics, philology, ancient literature), history and also engage in field research (prospection and excavation archaeology).

Research rests on three study areas which are spread across the disciplines, epochs and regions.

Man and his environment, where the relationship between the man of Antiquity and his environment is studied.
Man and his own, as history is also a study of time, the relationship between man and his kind.
Transfer and evolution of knowledge, since it is known that Antiquity is not just one and that whole sections of western culture fed on the legacies of Antiquity and ancient Christianity.


Main field work covers:
  • in the Aegean basin: Delos, Pisidy and Thessaly
  • in Cyprus: Salamis and Kition
  • in Egypt: Karnak, Coptos and Taposiris Magna
  • in the Middle-East: Palmyre, Tell Abou Hawam, Wadi Ram and Yanouh
  • in the Arabian-Persian Gulf: Failaka and Akkaz (Kuwait)
  • in Bengal: Mahasthan


Teams/areas/fields

Regional studies cover a vast zone from the eastern Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean: Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, Middle-East, Arabian Peninsula and Bangladesh, in the period between the third millennium B.C. to the 7th century A.D.

They are based on prospection projects (Syria, Thessaly etc.) and excavation sites (Coptos, Mahasthan etc.) where numerous disciplines are employed: geomorphology, archaeology, epigraphy, historic geography, as well as physical and chemical analysis.
Studies are mostly given over to hands-on research, incorporating research targets such as production and commerce (glass, ceramics etc.) as well as acculturation, religious life and similar in the regions studied.

The second programme focuses, through a multi-disciplinary  prism, on the limits and innovations in the large geography  field covered by unity.
The following areas are given priority: study of perception and representation of space by ancient societies, their reaction when exposed to risks, in countries where natural constraints (drought, flood, seismic activity) are particularly pronounced.
Researches are also interested in linguistic phenomena: bilingualism Latin/Greek, multilingualism, dialects and, more generally, in acculturation.
 
Finally, research is concentrated on the production of goods (glass, ceramics), on exchange and commercial channels, as well as the relationship between the centres of power, the provinces and peripheral regions.


The main activity of the Christian sources is the editing of texts in Greek, Latin and Oriental languages from the early centuries of Christianity, published in a mixed collection, 9 to 10 volumes per year, with a further 7 to 8 reprints.

With over 480 volumes, the Christian Sources collection is the only one of such a size and has, for a long time, been recognised as such by the scientific community. The project rests on a gathering of national and international teams around a specific editorial undertaking governed by an increasingly universal manner of operation.
 
The team is also dedicated to language teaching activities (Biblical Hebrew, Syrian, *later* Latin) as well as to ecdotics (editing ancient texts). It has a specialised patristic library of 1600 volumes which is entirely computerised.

photo site archéologique site de Palmyre en Syrie

Publications

  • Team Publications (collections et reviews) : 
  • Collection Archéologie et Histoire de l'Antiquité (resp. M. Drew-Bear): 7 volumes published. 
  • Salamine de Chypre: 15 volumes published (dir. by M. Yon). 
  • Topoi Orient-Occident, volumes 1-11; 5 supplements (dir. by M.-F. Boussac). 

Monographs :

  • Outtier B., Pierre M.J., Pouderon B., (éd.) Aristide, Apologie, coll. Sources Chrétiennes 470, 2003
  • Autour de Coptos : actes du colloque organisé au Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, 17-18 mars 2000, Topoi Suppl. 3 Lyon, 2002
  • Boehm I., Luccioni P., (éd.), Les cinq sens dans la médecine de l'époque impériale : sources et développements, Actes de la table ronde du 14 juin 2001, Coll. du CEROR, Nlle série 5, 2003
  • Bonnafé A., Decourt J.C., Helly B., L'espace et ses représentations, TMO 32, Maison de l'Orient, Lyon, 2000
  • Brillet P., Moreau A., La magie, Actes du colloque international de Montpellier du 25-27 mars 1999. Tome IV, Bibliographie, Publications de l'Université Montpellier III, Montpellier, 2000
  • Cabouret B., Lettres de Libanios aux hommes de son temps, Lettres traduites et annotées, Coll. La roue à livres, Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 2000
  • Gatier P.L., Recueil des inscriptions lapidaires grecques et latines du Musée des Beaux-Arts et du Museum d'histoire naturelle de Lyon, Bulletin Musées et monuments lyonnais, 2001
  • Ioannou Y., Métral F., Yon M., (dir.), Chypre et la Méditerranée orientale : formations identitaires, perspectives historiques et enjeux contemporains, Actes du colloque tenu à Lyon, Université Lumière-Lyon 2, Université de Chypre, TMO 31, Lyon, Maison de l'Orient méditerranéen, 1997
  • Canellis A., (éd.) Jérôme, Débat entre un Luciférien et un Orthodoxe, coll. Sources Chrétiennes 473, 2003
  • Labarre G., (éd.), Les cultes locaux dans les mondes grec et romain, Actes du colloque de Lyon de juin 2001, Lyon, Coll. Archéologie et histoire de l'Antiquité 7, 2004
  • Nenna M.D., Empereur J.Y., (éd.) Nécropolis 1 : Les Tombes B1, B2, B3 et B8, Études Alexandrines 5, Le Caire, Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale, 2000
  • Nenna M.D., Empereur, J.-Y. (éd.) Nécropolis 2 : Les Tombes B1, B2, B3 et B8, Études Alexandrines 7, Le Caire, Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale, 2003
  • Nenna M.D., (éd.) La route du verre : ateliers primaires et secondaires du second millénaire av. J.-C. au Moyen Âge : TMO 33 Maison de l'Orient, Lyon, 2001
  • Perrin F., Decourt J.Cl., L'aristocratie celte dans les sources littéraires, recueil de textes commentés. Bibracte 5, Glux-en-Glenne, Centre archéologique européen du Mont-Beuvray, 2002
  • Pouderon B., (éd.), Les personnages du roman grec, actes du colloque de Tours du 18-20 novembre 1999, CMO, Maison de l'Orient, Lyon, 2001
  • Salles J.F., Nordiguian L., Aux origines de l'archéologie aérienne. Poidebard A. (1878-1955), Presses de l'Université Saint-Joseph, Beyrouth, 2000
  • Sartre M., D'Alexandre à Zénobie : histoire du Levant antique : IVe siècle avant J.C., IIIe siècle après J.-C., Fayard, Paris, 2003
  • Sartre, M., (dir.), La Syrie hellénistique, Actes du colloque de Tours du 4-6 octobre 2000). Topoi Suppl. 4, Lyon, 2003
  • Maraval P., Périchon P., (éd.) Socrate, Histoire ecclésiastique, coll. SC 477, 2004
  • Yon J.B., Les notables de Palmyre, 'A'y¯an Tadmur, BAH, Beyrouth, 2002

Partnership

  • Collège de France, Paris
  • Camille-Jullian Centre, Aix-en-Provence
  • Centre of Cyprus Studies, Paris
  • The Medal Institute, Paris
  • ENS-LSH, Lyon
  • French Schools and Institutes of Foreign Archaeology
  • French School in Athens
  • French Institute of Middle East Studies
  • French Institute of the Oriental Archaeology in Cairo
  • French Institute of Anatolian Studies
  • French School of Biblical and Archaeological Studies in Jerusalem
  • Greco-roman museum of Alexandria (Egypt)
  • The Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Fine Arts Museum, Lyon 
  • Oriental Institute, Chicago
  • Archaeological departments of Greece, Cyprus, the Middle-East (Saudi-Arabia, Syria, Jordan, the Lebanon, Palestine, Israel), Egypt, Kuwait and Bangladesh

[en]ORGANISATION

  • 31 research lecturers
  • 9 researchers
  • 12 engineering, technical and administrative staff
  • 34 PhD students
  • 3 post-PhD students
  • 3 other staff

Statutory members
Bady Guillaume - Balensi Jacqueline - Basset Louis - Boehm Isabelle - Boussac Marie-Françoise - Brillet-Dubois Pascale - Cabouret Bernadette - Canellis Aline - Charrier Chantal - Cohen Corinne - Coulon Laurent - Couvenhes Jean-Christophe - Darmezin Laurence - Decourt Jean-Claude - Drew-Bear Marie - Dupré-Latour Marie - Ech Chael Yasmine - Fabre Monique - Fernoux Henri-Louis - Flammin Anne - Fournet Thibault - Furbacco Monique - Gatier Pierre-Louis - Gonnet Dominique - Guérard Marie-Gabrielle - Helly Bruno - Guinot Jean-Noël - Hue-Gay Elysabeth - Hugoniot Christophe - Hurlet Frédéric - Kalos Mikaël - Kermorvant Alain - Labarre Guy - Lacaze Guy - Lucas Gérard - Manguin Pierre-Yves - Mattei Paul - Mellerin-Picard Laurence - Meunier Bernard - Milanezi Silvia - Moret Jean-Marc - Nenna Marie-Dominique - Pantalacci Laure - Peignard-Giros Annette - Peigney Jocelyne - Perret Daniel - Pouderon Bernard - Reynard Jean - Richer Nicolas - Rougemont Georges - Royo Manuel - Sanz Séverine - Sartre Maurice - Schneider Jean - Schneider Pierre - Tinel Dominique - Vial Claude - Yon Jean-Baptiste
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Other information

  • Partner institution: Central affiliation Institute University Lumière Lyon 2
  • Partner institution: University of Tours

[en]Infos pratiques

[en]Coordonnées

  • Lyon cedex 07
  • [en]Téléphone : + 33 (0)4 72 71 58 30
  • [en]Fax : + 33 (0)4 72 72 08 59
  •  Institut des Sources chrétiennes
    29 rue du Plat
    F 69002 Lyon

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