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Eric Rebillard

Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities

Eric Rebillard

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 127
438 McGraw Hall

Educational Background

Professor Rebillard received his PhD from the Sorbonne (Paris, France) in 1993 and is a former member of the Ecole française de Rome. He came at Cornell in 2004 after having held a research position in the French CNRS between 1996 and 2003.



I study the transformations of religious practices in Late Antiquity.

My most recent work deals with early Christian martyr narratives. I published a new collection of texts: Greek and Latin Narratives about the Ancient Martyrs, in the Oxford Early Christian Texts series (2017) and a monograph: The Early Martyr Narratives: Neither Authentic Accounts Nor Forgeries (Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion; University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020).

Eighteen prior papers of mine have been translated into English and collected in a volume of the Variorum Collected Studies Series: Transformations of Religious Practices in Late Antiquity (Ashgate 2014). Christians and their Many Identities, which was published by Cornell University Press in 2012, is now available as a paperback.

I am a Guggenheim Fellow for 2020-21 and work on a redescription of the triumph of Christianity.



Roman History


  • Archaeology Program
  • Classics
  • Medieval Studies Program
  • Religious Studies Program

Graduate Fields

  • Archaeology
  • Classics
  • History
  • Medieval Studies
  • Near Eastern Studies


  • Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS)
  • French Studies Program
  • Jewish Studies Program


  • History of Late Antiquity and Early Christianity
  • Augustine of Hippo
  • Roman Funerary Archaeology



Edited volumes

  • Group Identity and Religious Individuality in Late Antiquity. Edited by Éric Rebillard and Jörg Rüpke. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2015.
  • Les frontières du profane dans l’Antiquité tardive. Edited by Éric Rebillard and Claire Sotinel. Rome: École française de Rome, 2010.
  • Economie et religion dans l’Antiquité tardive. Edited by Éric Rebillard and Claire Sotinel.  Special issue of Antiquité tardive 14 (2006): 15-116.
  • Hellénisme et christianisme. Edited by Michel Narcy and Éric Rebillard. Lille: Presses universitaires du Septentrion, 2004.
  • Orthodoxie, christianisme, histoire = Orthodoxy, christianity, history. Collection de l’École française de Rome 270. Edited by Susanna Elm, Éric Rebillard and Antonella Romano, Rome: École française de Rome, 2000.
  • L’évêque dans la cité du IVe au Ve siècle: image et autorité. Collection de l’École française de Rome 248. Edited by Éric Rebillard and Claire Sotinel. Rome: École française de Rome, 1998.


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