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 17 April  2018  by SSEC volunteer webmaster.

What's new at SSEC

SSEC Notices

SSEC Lectures & upcoming events for 2018

Cost March Update: The SSEC committee  (6 March 2018) recently voted to abolish all entry costs for meetings (not conference). 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.

SSEC events for 2018, we are working on many wonderful events for 2018.
These will be listed  in the SSEC calendar page, in due course.

Go to the Calendar of Events web page.      Easy to remember web address is   (all in lower case).

We hope to see you at one of our regular SSEC events, we will make you feel very welcome.

SSEC Annual Day Conference 2018

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

Dates for your diary:
Thursday 3 May 2018 - Evening starts 7:05pm, Conference Curtain Raiser
Saturday 5 May 2018 - Annual SSEC Day Conference

Professor Troy W. Martin (Saint Xaviers Uni, Chicago)  is the 2018 SSEC visiting fellow.

Professor Troy Martin

For further details, please contact SSEC Secretary and Conference Co-ordinator Karyn Young by email on

SSEC Conference 2018 Brochure (PDF 268Kb)

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


SSEC Renewals are due March for 2018 year

Multi-purpose form for Memberships, Renewals & Conference Payments

Link to the Combined Membership/renewal/conference payment Form (PDF 195Kb revised 28Feb 2018)   Return the form with your payment to the address on the form.

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

Non SSEC Events

These are other ancient history events of interest to SSEC members.

Teacher's Conference : "Reimagining the Ancient World. A Methodological Perspective on the New Syllabus"

This is a combination Ancient History Teachers Conference and Studies of Religion Teachers Conference has a methodological theme and will focus on the handling of ancient evidence. Each speaker will treat a topic from a particular methodological angle using a case study drawn from their area of expertise, and closely linked to either (or both) the Ancient History and Study of Religion syllabi. This should make all talks of use to you even if you do not teach in the content area of the case study. Of particular concern are the requirements of the new Ancient History syllabus.

  • To all of you who are, have been, or would like to be teachers of Ancient History or Studies of Religion, here is your chance.
  • Also, if you have children or grandchildren in the school system and would like to be better informed, do come along. You will find it very informative.
  • The conference is being opened by the NSW State Minister for Education.

Dr Gil Davis and Dr Lea Beness - Convenors. Contact us if you have any questions

The conference will take place on 15 May 2018 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Venue: Art Gallery of New South Wales

You can now Register for the Teacher's conference

More details are shown below:

See:  Schedule, with abstracts and speaker biographies

Continuing Education For First Session 2018

Information is available about these ancient history courses for first session 2018.  For further information please contact:
Phone: (02) 9850 9962 or (02) 9850 7512 Email:

PDF of all the subjects & details (PDF 550kB)

Enrolment cut off date is Tuesday 27 February 2018. 



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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Useful Forms in PDF

Renewals due March 2018

Multi-purpose form for Memberships, Renewals & Conference Payments Combined payment Form (PDF 195Kb revised 28Feb 2018)
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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]