Academic Staff and Associates
Department of Religious Studies and Theology
Dr. Nicholas Baker-Brian is a specialist on Augustine and Manichaeism. He is the author of Manichaeism. An Ancient Faith Rediscovered (London: Continuum, 2011) and Manichaeism in the Later Roman Empire: A Study of Augustine's Contra Adimantum (Lampeter: Mellon, 2009). He recently co-edited, with Shaun Tougher, the volume 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. His teaching includes Religion in Late Antiquity, Celtic Religion, Gnosticism and Manichaeism.
Dr. Daniel King lectures in Syriac Studies and Semitic Languages. He 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, and on Jerome of Stridon in Syriac. He teaches Hebrew, Syriac, Syriac Christianity and Judaism and is currently working on a major project on Bible Translation in Antiquity.
Professor Josef Lössl specialises in Greek and Latin Patristics. His interests include the second century (in particular Tatian the Syrian), the origin of commentarial literature, the origin and history of the chronicle, the work of Augustine and Jerome and their contemporaries, and the reception of Late Antiquity in the medieval and modern periods. His new translation of Augustine's 'On True Religion', a volume on Jerome of Stridon, co-edited with Andrew Cain, and the book The Early Church: History and Memory, are among his recent publications. He is co-investigator in the Latin and Syriac Commentary project and teaches Hellenistic Greek, early Christianity and Monotheism. Among his current projects are a commentary on Tatian's Ad Graecos and a monograph on the early Christian exegesis of Romans.
Professor Frank Trombley specialises in religion and society in the Byzantine world, the Christian Orient and early Islam. He also teaches on War and Ethics. His two volumes Hellenic Religion and Christianisation (Brill: Leiden, 1993) are currently in their third edition (2001) and he is preparing a volume on Kekaumenos' Strategikon (Brill: Leiden) and a monograph on Warfare in the Byzantine World.
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. 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: Leiden 1997). His most recent books are Julian the Apostate (Edinburgh 2007) and The Eunuch in Byzantine History and Society (London: Routledge, 2008). Together with Nicholas Baker-Brian he co-edited the volume Emperor and Author. The Writings of Julian the Apostate (Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales, 2012).
Dr. Vahan Hovhanessian is a Biblical and Patristic Scholar who specialises in Oriental Christian studies, especially in the Armenian tradition. His most recent book is In Remembrance of the Lord: A Biblical Introduction, Historical Review and Contemporary Commentary on the Divine Liturgy of the Armenian Church (New York, 2008). He is currently preparing an edited volume, The Canon of the Bible and the Apocrypha in the Churches of the East.
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.
Dr. Crystal Addey, University of Wales, Trinity St. David, 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. Among her recent publications is “Oracles, Dreams and Astrology in Iamblichus’ De Mysteriis,” in Angela Voss and Patrick Curry (eds.), Seeing with Different Eyes: Essays on Astrology and Divination (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008), 35-57.
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 his recent publications is 'The Constantinopolitan abbot Dius: his life, cult and hagiographical dossier,' in: Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 2007, pp. 13-31.