Budapest, Hungary

Political Theology of the Early Church from its Formation to Justinian

online course
when 20 July 2021 - 30 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 350

This summer course addresses an earlier neglected topic in the history of Late Antiquity and Early Christianity which has received increasing attention in the last decades: the complex history of the theological justifications of legitimacy, that is, the versions of the metaphysics of power, affecting the Empire and the Church, the secular and the sacred. Of this long history of struggle and conflict, this SUN course will concentrate on the first six hundred years, from Augustus to Justinian.

Course leader

Gyorgy Gereby, Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Target group

The course is primarily addressed to advanced PhD students and early career postdocs interested in Late Antique political thought and Patristic Studies

Students should have some knowledge of the religious and political context of Late Antiquity. Ideally, they should also have at least intermediate knowledge of Latin and/or Ancient Greek. However, should this not be the case, the instructors are ready to provide the students with helpful translated materials.

The language of instruction is English; thus, all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops.

Course aim

Within this course, through the morning lectures and afternoon seminars, as well as through the visits to the Budapest Aquincum and History Museums, the lecturers seek to provide the participants with the opportunity of gaining a deeper insight into the reasons and motivations for the conflict and their resolutions in the developments of the relation between Church and secular power in Late Antiquity.

Credits info

2 EC
CEU Summer University awards a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the course. In order to gain this certificate, participants will be expected to attend and actively participate in all classes and complete assignments required by the course.

Our courses offer ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities. Those who wish to obtain these credits should inquire about the possible transfer at their home institution prior to their enrollment. The Summer University Office will send a transcript to those who have fulfilled all the necessary course requirements and request one.

Fee info

EUR 350: payable until May 28


A limited number of tuition waivers will be offered on a competitive basis restricted to currently enrolled students from Open Society University Network (OSUN) and CIVICA member universities. OSUN students may also apply for scholarships.