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Academic Staff and Associates

Department of Religious Studies and Theology

Dr. Nicholas Baker-Brian specialises on Augustine and Manichaeism and on the Constantinian dynasty. He is the author of Manichaeism. An Ancient Faith Rediscovered (London: Continuum, 2011) and co-editer, with Shaun Tougher, of Emperor and Author. The Writings of Julian the Apostate (Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales, 2012). He is currently preparing an edited volume on Constantine's Sons and a monograph on Constantius II.

Dr. Augustine Casiday specialises on early Christian theology with an emphasis on Monasticism and the Christian East. His publications include Evagrius Ponticus (Routledge, 2004), Tradition and Theology in St. John Cassian (Oxford University Press, 2006) and The Orthodox Christian World (Routledge, 2012). His most recent book is Reconstructing the Theology of Evagrius Ponticus. Beyond Heresy (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Dr. Daniel King is a collaborator on the Latin and Syriac Commentary project. His most recent publications include Syriac translations of the works of Cyril of Alexandria (Peeters, 2009) and The Earliest Syriac Translation of Aristotle's Categories (Brill, 2010). He also published on translation theory, mereology and on Jerome of Stridon in Syriac.

Professor Josef Lössl specialises in Greek and Latin Patristics. His interests include second century Apologists and the works of Augustine, Jerome and their contemporaries. Recent publications include a new translation of Augustine's 'On True Religion', Jerome of Stridon, co-edited with Andrew Cain, The Early Church: History and Memory, and Interpreting the Bible and Aristotle in Late Antiquity, co-edited with John Watt. He is co-investigator in the Latin and Syriac Commentary project and works on a commentary on Tatian's Ad Graecos and a monograph on the early Christian exegesis of Romans.

Dr. Hector Patmore lectures on Hebrew and Judaism with a focus on Late Antiquity. His special research interest is the translation and interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Antiquity. His recent publications include several papers on Targum Jonathan and the monographs Adam, Satan, and the King of Tyre. The Interpretation of Ezekiel 28:11-19 in Late Antiquity (Leiden, 2012) and The Transmission of Targum Jonathan in the West (Oxford, 2015).

Dr. James Siemens is author of The Christology of Theodore of Tarsus. The Laterculus Malalianus and the Person and Work of Christ (Turnhout, 2010). He is currently pursuing a research project in the area of late-antique Christian historiography, with a focus on the theology of late-antique Latin chronicles.

Dr. John Watt is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Centre and expert on Aristotelian rhetoric and philosophy in Syriac. His most recent publications include Aristotelian Rhetoric in Syriac (Brill, 2005) and Rhetoric and Philosophy from Greek into Syriac (Ashgate, 2010). Since 2006 he has been leading the AHRC funded Latin and Syriac Commentary project.


Department of Archaeology

Dr. Peter Guest specialises in the archaeology of Roman Britain and has been excavating at several important sites in England and Wales including Isca, the legionary fortress at Caerleon and Venta Silurum, the Roman city at Caerwent. His most important publications include The Late Roman Gold & Silver Coins from the Hoxne Treasure (London 2005) and ‘The Early Monetary History of Roman Wales: Identity, Conquest and Acculturation on the Imperial Fringe’, Britannia 39, 2008, pp. 33-58.

Dr. Alan Lane, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, specialises in the post-Roman Celtic West, pre-Norman Wales and Scotland, Viking age Britain and Ireland, and in early medieval artefacts, in particular Hebridean ceramics.

Professor Denys Pringle is a specialist in the archaeology of the Crusader settlements in Syria and the Holy Land and teaches a course on the Archaeology of Late Antiquity. He is the author of, among others, The Churches of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. A Corpus, 3 vols. (Cambridge 1993, 1998, and 2007), and Fortification and Settlement in Crusader Palestine (Aldershot 2000). His most recent volume, Pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Land, 1187-1291 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012), is a collection of Latin, French and Greek pilgrimage text in translation with introduction and notes.

Department of Ancient History

Dr. Alexander Skinner specialises in the social and political history of the Later Roman Empire. Among his recent publications are "Political Mobility in the Later Roman Empire," Past and Present no. 218 (Feb 2013), 17-53, and "Violence at Constantinople in 341-342 and Themistius, Oration 1," Journal of Roman Studies (forthcoming).

Dr. Shaun Tougher specialises in the political and social history of the later Roman empire and Byzantium. His main research is on eunuchs and on the Macedonian dynasty of Byzantium (867-1056), in particular the emperor Leo VI. on whom he published The Reign of Leo VI. (886-912). Politics and People (Brill, 1997). His most recent books are Julian the Apostate (Edinburgh, 2007) and The Eunuch in Byzantine History and Society (Routledge, 2008). Together with Nicholas Baker-Brian he co-edited the volume Emperor and Author. The Writings of Julian the Apostate (The Classical Press of Wales, 2012), and, with Leslie Brubaker, Approaches to the Byzantine Family (Ashgate, 2013).


Academic Associates

Dr. Crystal Addey, University of St. Andrews, specialises in Ancient Philosophy, especially Neoplatonism, Graeco-Roman religion, especially divination, oracles, astrology and magic, and in the use of anthropology for the study of ancient history and religious traditions. She recently published Divination and Theurgy in Neoplatonism (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014).

Professor Andrew Cain, Department of Classics, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, is a Classicist with a special interest on the work of Jerome. His book The Letters of Jerome was published in 2009 (OUP). In 2006 he collaborated on the Cardiff Jerome Conference, and co-edited (with Josef Lössl) the publication of the conference volume: Jerome of Stridon. His Life, Writings and Legacy (Ashgate 2009). With Noel Lenski he edited the volume of the 2007 conference Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity VII: The Power of Religion in Late Antiquity (Ashgate 2009). His translation of Jerome's commentary on Galatians was published in 2010.

Prof. DDr. Alfons Fürst, Faculty of Theology, University of Münster, Germany is Professor of early Church History and Patristics. His many publications include books on Augustine and Jerome, Alexandria in Late Antiquity, and on social and political issues related to early Christianity, including the political role of Monotheism and 'religion and peace'. His current projects include the co-editorship, with Christoph Markschies, of a complete bilingual edition of the extant works of Origen (published by De Gruyter and Herder), and he is project-partner of the Latin and Syriac Commentary Project.

Dr. Dirk Krausmüller, Mardin Artuklu University, is a Byzantine scholar with interests in theological and cosmological speculation in Early Medieval Byzantium, Byzantine concepts of the human person, gender, and self-determination, the afterlife and the communication between the living and the dead, Byzantine hagiography and monasticism and many other topics of Byzantine intellectual, spiritual and cultural life. Among his many recent publications is 'The Constantinopolitan abbot Dius: his life, cult and hagiographical dossier,' in: Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 2007, pp. 13-31.