On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Dr. Sabrina C. Higgins, an Assistant Professor in the departments of Humanities and Archaeology at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Higgins is an archaeologist and art historian specializing in the cult of the Virgin Mary in late antique Egypt. She is the assistant director of the excavations of a late antique basilica at Golemo Gradište, Konjuh in the Republic of North Macedonia, as well the co-investigator of the Philae Temple Graffiti Project in Egypt. She is also a founding member of the Peopling the Past team and the project’s webmaster.
Listen in, as Dr. Higgins takes us through the emergence of the cult of the Virgin Mary in the Mediterranean basin with an emphasis on the role of material culture in tracing the diffusion of Marian veneration.
Interested in learning more? Check out this related article by Dr. Higgins:
Higgins, S.C. 2017-2019, “Between Catacomb and Sanctuary: The Creation, Diffusion and Elaboration of the Iconography of the Virgin Mary in Late Antique and Early Medieval Egypt”, ECA 11, 17-35.
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Additional Resources Related to this Podcast
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Brubaker, L., M. Cunningham, 2007, ‘Byzantine Veneration of the Theotokos: Icons, Relics, and Eighth-Century Homilies’, in: H. Amirav, B. ter Haar Romeny (eds), From Rome to Constantinople, Studies in Honour of Averil Cameron, Leuven, 235-250.
Cameron, A. 2004, ‘The Cult of the Virgin in Late Antiquity: Religious Development and Myth-Making’, in: R.N. Swanson (ed.), The Church and Mary, Suffolk, 1-21.
Higgins, S. 2012, ‘Divine Mothers: The Influence of Isis on the Virgin Mary in Egyptian Lactans-Iconography’, JCSCS 3-4, 71-88.
Kalavrezou, I. 1990, ‘Images of the Mother: When the Virgin Mary Became “Meter Theou”’, DOP 44, 165-172.
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Parlby, G. 2007, ‘The Origins of Marian Art: The Evolution of Marian Art in the Western Church until AD 431’, in: S.J. Boss (ed.), Mary: The Complete Resource, London, 106-147.
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Vassilaki, M. (ed.), 2000, Mother of God: Representations of the Virgin in Byzantine Art, Milan.
Zibawi, M. 2003, Images de l’Égypte chrétienne: Iconologie copte, Milan.