Celebrating the Saints 2016

Welcome to our symposium webpage!

On this page you will find all relevant information relating to the upcoming symposium on Celebrating the Saints: A Focus on Martyrologies and Calendars, taking place in the Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin, on October 28-9, 2016.

This symposium calls attention to martyrologies and calendars from the early medieval to early modern period. In many cases, these texts are understudied by virtue of being used for reference only, and some remain unedited altogether. The aim of the conference is to bring the rich variety of martyrologies and saints calendars surviving to attention, and to bring together scholars from diverse fields of expertise working on these texts. It is hoped that the event will give a new impulse to scholarly debate on the nature and function of the texts as well as create a new network for future collaboration.

This symposium will address, among others, the following themes, but keep an eye out for the final programme!

  • The transmission and reception of martyrologies and calendars
  • The (socio-)historical background to their writing and copying
  • Questions of form and composition; metrical and historical martyrologies
  • Martyrologies and calendars in the light of (local) cult developmen
  • Their connection to the liturgy
  • Secular and scientific material in the martyrologies

The keynote lecture will be given by Prof. Em. Pádraig Ó Riain, who will be speaking on ‘A ninth-century Tallaght strategy? Selective editing in Óengus’s martyrologies’.


We acknowledge generous support from:

+ Trinity Long Room Hub Research Incentive Scheme
+ Irish Research Council