The Martyrdom of Konon of Bidana: How the Patron of the Isaurians was Made

11 May 2021 17:00 to 18:30 | Online

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An Anatolian Studies Virtual Seminar with Philipp Pilhofer (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).

Tuesday 11th May 2021 | 17:00-18:30 (London UTC+1) | 19:00-20:30 (Ankara UTC+3) | Online

This seminar focuses on a local martyr from a village close to Isaura in the Taurus mountains: Konon of Bidana. The Martyrdom of Konon is a late antique Greek hagiographical text centred on this rural saint. Philipp Philhofer will show how the martyr text presents Konon as an unpretentious local man, who steps up to become a thaumaturge and the Christian apostle of the region. The epigraphical and archaeological remains show that the regional population respected Konon as their local patron.

Philipp Pilhofer studied Protestant Theology and Geoinformatics in Münster, Vienna and Heidelberg. He held a scholarship of the Berlin Excellence Cluster TOPOI, writing his PhD thesis on Early Christianity in southern Turkey, specifically Rough Cilicia and Isauria. The resulting book combines the analysis of epigraphical, archaeological and hagiographical sources to shed light on the Christianisation as a transformational process.

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