Prof. David H. Kelley

Emesa and Treves

In May and June of 1999 David Kelley and Marshall Kirk spent a number of hours discussing topics in ancient and medieval genealogy as part of the Summer Institute in Ancient and Medieval Genealogy sponsored by Don Stone at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. At the time Marshall was a reference librarian for the Society. The discussions were recorded and transcribed. One of these extended discussions concerned connections between Emesa (the modern Homs, in western Syria) and Treves in Gaul (the modern Trier, in western Germany), a subject on which Dave and Marshall had communicated before. They both brought folders of notes and charts relating to this subject, and a lot of the discussion consisted of going through these folders and commenting on their contents.

Marshall K. Kirk            


Some general background on Emesa/Treves by Marshall Kirk, from an email to Don Stone (1998).

Information from Marshall about his Emesa/Treves chart and discussion, as given in a letter to David Kelley (1998):
  Chart notation comments
  Comments on the bishops of Treves and their probable connection with the Near East
  Comments on names, mobility, and Libanius's friends.

Marshall's Emesa/Treves chart and discussion:
  Libanius's friends.

The Bishops of Treves: A Reconciled Analytical List by Marshall.

Dave Kelley and Marshall Kirk's discussion of a proposed Emesa-Treves monograph (late spring 1999)
Marshall edited the four-part transcript of this discussion (below); the comments in brackets are his. (The transcript could be further improved by listening to the tapes, to which Marshall didn't have access when editing, but even in its present form it gives a good idea of the hypotheses and reasoning of the participants.) During some of this dialog between Dave and Marshall, Marshall's Emesa/Treves chart was spread out in front of them.
  Segment 1
  Segment 2
  Segment 3
  Segment 4

Christian Settipani has discussed much of this material in Continuité gentilice et continuité familiale dans les familles sénatoriales romaines à l'époque impériale (2000), pp. 433-453.