Graeco-Roman Society and the New Testament


The research group focuses on

a) various aspects of the social life of the Graeco-Roman world in which Jews and Christians operated (e.g. household networks and religion, kinship, friendship and other relationships, slavery, prostitution, social and geographical mobility, social groups, everyday life in Graeco-Roman cities etc.) that are part of the socio-historical context of the New Testament texts and therefore provide insight into them, and 

b) artifacts from the Graeco-Roman world (e.g. inscriptions, papyri and archeological findings) that can shed light into the life of Jewish and Christian groups of this time. 

Papers that present interdisciplinary approaches to the topics under discussion and offer new insights and fresh interpretations of Jewish and Christian sources placing them within their socio-historical context are welcome.



Graeco-Roman, Archeology, Epigraphy, History, New Testament, Early Christianity


Ekaterini Tsalampouni
University of Thessaloniki

Patrick Hommel
Christian-Albrechts-Universit├Ąt zu Kiel

Soeng Yu Li
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Member Area

Toulouse 2022 Call for Papers

Work, Trade, and Religion

For the 2022 meeting of our group two sessions are scheduled:

a)      An open session where papers on any topic within the range of the interests of the research group are welcome

b)     A session focusing on work and trade as economic and social activities but also as infrastructures that contributed to the diffusion of ancient cults and Christianity. More particularly, we invite papers that a) address methodological questions regarding the study of archaeological and epigraphic evidence related to trade networks and professional groups in the Graeco-Roman world, and deal with b) professional associations, their religious activities and their presence in the social and religious life of the cities of the Roman Empire, c) the role of trade and artisan communities as agents of new cults and Christianity, d) religion as an identity marker of traders and members of certain professional groups, e) the possible traces of trade and professional networks in the writings of the New Testament and f) the question whether early Christian groups were organized on the basis of and understood as  professional associations.