Associate Professor, Department of History
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies
Ballantine Hall, Rm. 828
Ph.D., Yale University, 2002
- Late Antiquity
- Roman intellectual culture
- The History of Platonism
- The Early Anti-Chalcedonian (Monophysite) Movement
I teach a broad introduction to ancient history, a Roman history survey, and more specialized studies of the late antique West, early Byzantine Empire, and the cultural history of the medieval Mediterranean world. My book, City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria (Transformation of the Classical Heritage 41, University of California Press, 2006) demonstrates how the particular religious and social contexts of Athens and Alexandria encouraged the development of two distinct, locally determined notions about the role of pagan religious ideas in late antique education. Other recent publications include "Justinian, Malalas, and the End of Athenian Philosophical teaching in A.D. 529." Journal of Roman Studies 94 (2004), "Orality and Community Identity in Eunapius' Lives of the Sophists and Philosophers," Byzantion 75 (2005), "Where to Live the Philosophical Life in the Sixth Century?," Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies, and "Winning the Intracommunal Dialogs: Zacharias Scholasticus' Life of Severus," Journal of Early Christian Studies. I am currently working on a book project exploring the ways in which oral traditions shaped communal identities in late antique intellectual and spiritual communities.
Courses Recently Taught
- Roman History
- Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
- Late Antique Paganism
- From Biography to Hagiography: The Development of a Literary Genre Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Medieval Mediterranean
City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria, Transformation of the Classical Heritage Series, (Vol. 41), (University of California Press, 2006).
"Winning the Intracommunal Dialogues: Zacharias Scholasticus' Life of Severus," Journal of Early Christian Studies 13.4 (2005), pp. 437-65.
"Where to Live the Philosophical Life in the Sixth Century: Damascius, Simplicius, and the Return from Persia," Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 45 (2005), pp. 285-315.
"The Murder of Hypatia: Acceptable or Unacceptable Violence," Violence in Antiquity, ed. H. A. Drake, (Ashgate, 2005), pp. 333-42.
"Orality and Community Identity in Eunapius' Lives of the Sophists and Philosophers," Byzantion (forthcoming)
"The Student Self in Late Antiquity," Religion and the Self in Antiquity, eds. David Brakke et al., (Bloomington, IN, 2005), pp. 234-52.
"An Alexandrian Christian Response to Fifth-century Neoplatonic Influence," The Philosopher and Society in Late Antiquity: Essays in Honour of Peter Brown, ed. Andrew Smith, (Swansea, 2005), pp. 215-229.
"Justinian, Malalas, and the End of Athenian Philosophical teaching in A.D. 529," Journal of Roman Studies 94 (2004), pp. 168-83.
"Travel to Educational Centers: What was the Attraction?," Travel, Communication and Geography in Late Antiquity, ed. Linda Ellis and Frank L. Kidner, (Ashgate, 2004), pp. 11-21.
"The Late Antique Student's Perspective on Educational Life," New England Classical Journal 27 (2000), pp. 73-78.