About the VCLA

The VCLA is an independent research organization, established on a non-profit basis to promote research and public understanding of late antiquity – the period from about AD200 to about AD700.

Its thematic and geographical range is wide – covering the political, economic, social, cultural and religious history, including the textual and material culture, of:

  • the territories and former territories of the Roman and Persian empires;
  • the regions and peoples of Europe, Africa and Asia with which the citizens or subjects of those empires interacted, either directly or indirectly;
  • those territories that saw any observance or promotion of Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Manichaeism or Islam at any time between about AD200 and about AD700.

The VCLA will pursue these interests through an Academic Programme and a Heritage Strategy, for which the website will serve as an access point. We anticipate a long-term, rolling expansion of content.

For a further sense of the stimulus underlying our work, please see Why the VCLA?

For more information about governance, click here.