The quadrennial 15th International Conference on Patristic Studies will take place in Oxford this year from Monday 6 August to Saturday 11 August 2007. A list of papers has been sent out but is not on the website, for some reason, although abstracts are. I hope to attend at least some of it since I will be in Oxford, staying in my old college, for most of that week.
The most interesting to me is a paper being given in German “Wer war Paul der Perser?” — Who was Paul the Persian. All I know about him is that he was an East Syriac writer of the 7th century, who composed at least two treatises, one of which was translated by Severus Sebokht into Syriac. One of them was a summary of Aristotle, which he presented to the Shah. According to Bar Hebraeus he sought to become a bishop, and apostasised to Magianism when he did not succeed. I’m not sure that my German is good enough to hear the paper, tho.