Department of Ancient History

Calendar of Events

Welcome to the Society for the Study of Early Christianity

Take a look at our Calendar of Events.  Any questions to  Last updated:  17 July 2018,  by SSEC volunteer webmaster.

"The unique emphasis of our Society is one of history. The study of Early Christianity in its Jewish and Graeco Roman Setting." Prof Alanna Nobbs has asked for this disclaimer to be added to all SSEC correspondence eg SSEC eNewsletters, SSEC website & SSEC Facebook etc.

Table 1: SSEC Calendar of Events for Year 2018 

SSEC Calendar of Events for 2018
Date Activity Location Cost
6 March 2018

SSEC Evening Event: Tues 6 March

Speaker: Dr Edwina Murphy (Macquarie PhD Graduate, Morling College) will be speaking on the topic of : Early Christian Exegesis: Cyprian's Use of the Apostle Paul
Dr. Edwina Murphy is the winner of this year's SBL-De Gruyter Prize for Biblical Studies and Reception History. Murphy's manuscript,  entitled "Cyprian's Use of Paul," was selected as the 2017 winner by the prize committee.

Dr Edwina Muphy

Dr Edwina Muphy

Museum of Ancient Cultures Seminar Room (XB5) level 3
29 Wally's walk


members $5
alumni $7
non members $8

Thurs 19 April 2018 (confirmed date & Speaker)


SSEC Evening Event

Speaker Dr Craig Barker (Sydney)  confirmed
Topic:"Jesus in Movies"

Craig Barker is Manager of Education and Public Programs at Sydney University Museums. He has extensive experience in K-12 and adult museum education, and has published and presented on museum education in teacher and academic conferences and publications.

Craig has a PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Sydney and has considerable archaeological fieldwork experience in Australia, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. He is the Director of the Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project excavating at the World Heritage listed site of Nea Paphos in Cyprus.

Dr Craig Barker

Caption: Dr Craig Barker

Note: Liam D. Jensen

Liam D Jensen generously donated the "Ben-Hur to Brian" Daybill posters to the Museum of Ancient Cultures and will be giving a very brief description of this collection and how it came to be. 

Liam will also be unveiling a new, (not very) secret special donation to the Museum of Ancient Cultures in honour of a very popular former senior Ancient History Department member (well known for his flamboyant Hawaiian shirts and amazing mane of hair), which has been a collaboration between himself and the Department of Ancient History.

 Museum of Ancient Cultures Seminar Room (XB5) level 3  
29 Wally's walk


gold coin donation

Note: SSEC committee 6 March 2018 voted to abolish all entry costs for future meetings.(excluding day conference)


3 May 2018

SSEC Conference Curtain Raiser

Theme: Jesus' Inner Circle: Peter, James and John

Speakers: Professor Troy W. Martin (Saint Xaviers Uni, Chicago)  with his topic "Transfigurrection: A Christian View of the Afterlife".

Professor Troy Martin

Professor Troy W. Martin (Saint Xavier University, Chicago)

Museum of Ancient Cultures Seminar Room (XB5) level 3
29 Wally's walk
gold coin donation

Sat 5 May 2018

Day time


SSEC Annual Day Conference

Theme:  Jesus' Inner Circle: Peter, James and John
Speakers: Professor Troy W. Martin (Saint Xaviers Uni, Chicago).  Professor Martin is the 2018 SSEC visiting fellow.

  • Professor Troy W. Martin (Saint Xaviers Uni, Chicago), Topic: "Christ's Healing Sore: A Medical Reading of 1 Peter 2:24"
  • Dr Paul Barnett (Honorary Visiting Fellow Ancient History Macquarie), Topic: "Peter and Paul in Rome: Some Questions" 
  • Dr Michele Connolly (Catholic Institute of Sydney), Topic: "A Woman in the Inner Circle of Jesus?  Intimations from the Johannine Mother of Jesus"
  • Dr Christopher Forbes (Macquarie Uni, & SSEC President), Topic: "Jesus' Inner Circle and the leaders of the early church: Peter, James (and James) and John (and John and John)?"
  • Professor Bronwen Neil (Macquarie Uni), Topic: "Leo the Great's Homilies on the Apostle Peter"
  • Blake Wassell (Australian Catholic Uni, Macquarie Uni Graduate & PhD Candidate at Uni of Otago), Topic:"The absence of John from John: projecting the disciple into the book"

SSEC Secretary & Conference Co-ordinator, Karyn Young, has advised that SSEC will trial a new on-line registration system for the first time, in 2018.  

NEW - Register on line at Trybooking  (URL added 24 March 2018)

Register now, SSEC Conference 2018 Brochure (PDF 268 Kb) 

Conference Programme  ( download Timetable in PDF 38Kb)

Robert Menzies College
136 Herring Road
North Ryde 2113

Confirmed: Trinity Chapel


Same cost as last year
(includes lunch,
coffee/ tea & book of notes)

Non Members $145,
Alumni $140,
SSEC member $130,
Pensioner (Age) $95,
Student $55

Part time Lectures at $25 per lecture (SSEC Concession rate $20 per lecture)

  June- July no events due to University winter break. - -

Mon 23 July

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Public Lecture: Middle Eastern Christians in the UK: Internal, Societal and Transnational Interactions.

Macquarie University will host a public lecture by Dr Fiona McCallum (School of International Relations, University of St Andrews) on the topic 'Middle Eastern Christians in the UK: Internal, Societal and Transnational Interactions', with a reception to precede the paper sponsored by the Society for the Study of Early Christianity in collaboration with the Sydney College of Divinity, St Cyril's Coptic Theological College, and the NSW Ecumenical Council.

Please join us for this fascinating lecture; RSVP for catering purposes by 20th July to

Middle East Christians Image  Flyer for MiddleEasternChristians Details provided by Associate Professor Malcolm Choat.   SSEC Members are invited.

Museum of Ancient Cultures Seminar Room (XB5) level 3
29 Wally's walk

Please RSVP for catering purposes.

Cost nil (tba)

Thurs 16 August

Lunch time event 12:30pm (sharp)

SSEC Lunchtime event : 12:30pm (sharp)

Speaker: Daryn Graham (Macquarie Uni graduate)
Topic: "What Happened to St Paul's Churches' Donation to Jerusalem? The Story of How an Early Christian  Multi-Church Collection Succeeded in Saving the Jerusalem Church From Extinction"

Daryn Graham is author of "Rome and Parthia: Power, Politics and Profit" and  "Finding the Lost Years of Jesus: A Christian Approach"

Venue: TBA Confirmed no charge, cause a lunch time event


Time: TBA

TBA: Possible Dead Sea Scrolls Manuscript event

Possibly 2 days workshop





Thurs 25  October

SSEC Evening Event

Speaker: Dr Karin Sowada  (Macquarie)
Topic: Archaeology, the Bible and the Media

Dr Sowada is the Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Project 'Pyramids, Power and the Dynamics of States in Crisis'.

Dr Karin Sowada

Dr Karin Sowada (Macquarie)

TBA Possibly Museum of Ancient Cultures Seminar Room (XB5) level 3
29 Wally's walk



gold coin donation


Tues 27 Nov 7:05pm

SSEC Christmas Function

Speaker: Dr John Dickson,
Topic: TBA

Dr John Dickson

Dr John Dickson

TBA Possibly Museum of Ancient Cultures Seminar Room (XB5) level 3
29 Wally's walk


gold coin donation


Note: TBA = To be advised.   These dates are only provisional.   Some speakers are coming to Australia to attend conferences, and other universities and they have not confirmed their travel arrangements yet.   Dates will appear on the web site as soon as they are confirmed.

Parking :  Macquarie University enforces parking charges up to 8:00pm daily.    Parking charges are $10 for 1 hour, $15 for 3 hours, $40 all day (or for more than 4 hours). Current rates for 2018.   As seminars start at 7:05pm, attendees need only pay for one hour.  We suggest public transport, buses or train to Macquarie University train station.  Parking March 2018 update : The University is on the process of changing some parking costs and availabiilities. We will advise what we know, but also suggest you check on arrival.

Cost March 2018 Update: The SSEC committee recently voted to abolish all entry costs for meetings. There will instead be a strictly optional gold coin donation.  In the past the money thus raised once the supper etc costs were met was banked and went towards the costs of the scholarships  prizes etc supported by SSEC. If needed at the treasurer's  discretion some of these may be a little cut back. However It was felt and agreed that the members deserve the main consideration.