Department of Ancient History

Welcome to SSEC - The Society for the Study of Early Christianity

This is the Home Page of the Society for the Study of Early Christianity.

SSEC is an organisation based in Sydney NSW Australia at the Macquarie University. If you want to know more about us & our background then view the web page about us.

If you would like to become a member of the society then go to our web page on membership.

Or if you want to contact us by phone or by snail mail or by email see the web page called contact us.

Enjoy our website!

Last updated 24 February 2017  by SSEC volunteer webmaster.

What's new at SSEC

SSEC Notices

First SSEC Evening Seminar for 2017 Tuesday 28 February 2017

Full details on

Six Special Free Tuesday Daytime Seminars

An Introduction to life and society in early Roman Asia Minor through Inscriptions

Hosted by Dr Rosalinde Kearsley.  Time:10:30am to 12 noon, Venue: Doc Centre W6 A 308.  Macquarie University.   Commencing: Tuesday 21 February 2017 for six consecutive weeks. [namely 21 Feb, 28 Feb, 7 Mar, 14 Mar, 21 Mar & 28 March 2017]

Further details are provided in the PDF document. (PDF 45KB)

Bookings and Further details to Rosalinde Kearsley at

For your Diaries 

Saturday 6 May 2017 - SSEC Day Conference

and Thursday 4 May 2017 - Conference Curtain Raiser Evening
  • For your diaries: the 2017 SSEC conference will be on Saturday 6 May 2017 - with the theme of "Apostles and the Churches they Founded: History, Tradition and Legend"
  • SSEC visiting fellow for 2017 will be Dr Geoffrey Dunn (ACU).  He will speak at both events
  • Same price as last year
  • Same Venue as last year
  • Call for papers was by 30 November 2016. Please supply a firm Topic relevant to the theme, Bio, Hi-res portrait photo & abstract for consideration of the SSEC conference sub-committee.   Forward this information by email to
  • Further planning is underway for this wonderful annual event.  Conference Co-ordinator for 2017 is Karyn Young.

SSEC Lectures & other events for 2017

More events are now listed in the SSEC events page.

What's New In Ancient History (non-SSEC)

Continuing Education: Are you fascinated by the ancient world and would like to learn more about it? You are invited to join our Ancient History Department's program for Session 1, 2017. As a Continuing Education student, you attend lectures only, without the pressure of assignments or exams. You also have access to the Macquarie Library collections for use within the Library. Choose from a wide range of Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern history topics, as well as archaeology and language units.

  • Where: Macquarie University
  • When: Monday 27 February to Friday 9 June 2017
  • Time: Mondays to Fridays (see University lecture timetable for individual units )
  • Program: download program
  • Application: Complete application form and post with payment to:
    Department of Ancient History - Continuing Education Programme
    Faculty of Arts, Building W6A, Room 312
    Macquarie University NSW 2109
    Or email with credit card details to:
  • Cost: $220 per unit

Parking: Parking fees apply. X3 and W4 carparks are designated for casual parking.

Cut-off Date for Applications: Monday 20 February 2017

Contact: +61 (2) 9850 9962 or email

Short web address (in lower case)


SSEC Notice of AGM

The SSEC AGM will be on Saturday 6 May 2017, at approximately lunchtime.  This will be held on our SSEC annual conference day, and the exact time of the AGM will be finalised when the conference program is available. 

SSEC Committee meeting

The next SSEC committee meeting will not be held in February, but will be held on Monday 24 April 2017 at 3:30pm, in the usual venue.

SSEC Renewals are due now for 2017 year

Please print out & complete a renewal form now. Note: if you use credit card payment please sign the form.  Please return to the address on the form.    

Link to the new SSEC Renewal/Membership and Conference Payment Form (PDF 143KB)

Alternatively, we are happy to receive your signed renewal form as a PDF attachment via email to      We will print it out for you, to submit it to the university cashier for processing of your payment, (the cashier insists on a paper form).

Table 1: SSEC Membership Fee Structure
SSEC Annual Membership Fees
  Ordinary Members AUD $30
  Family Rate AUD $35


(Pension not senior, or full-time student)

AUD $15


Disclaimer. SSEC Newsletter Editors' Note: "The Society takes no position on the intellectual content of papers and articles."
"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.

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Renewals are due now for 2017 year

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SSEC & Ancient History Research Donations - can you help?

Download the SSEC Ancient History Research Donations Form [PDF 235KB Mar 2015]


Papyri from the Rise of Christianity (PCE) Research Donations

Download the PCE Research Donation Form [PDF 351KB Mar 2015]


New Donation Request - Wider Biblical Manuscripts Research

Download the new Wider Biblical Manuscripts Research Donation Form [PDF 208KB Mar 2015]