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William Lewis

Research student, Ancient History, School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Research interests

  • Late Roman history
  • The Constantinian Dynasty
  • Imperial politics
  • Court literature, letters, and laws
  • Early Christianity


Networks and Relationships in Imperial Politics, A.D. 337-361

The period ruled over by the sons of Constantine saw the consolidation of a religious revolution. Christianity had gone from being an alien faith, barely tolerated and sometimes persecuted, to being sponsored by the imperial administration, with a sudden and turbulent interweaving of politics and the Church. My research will focus on the mechanisms behind this, using network theory to closely examine the dynamics of accessing emperors and the diffusion of imperial power. While this bitterly divisive period has long been remembered for laying the theological foundations of Nicene Christianity, this project will investigate how this conflict was enabled and determined by the opening of a whole new arena of competition for accessing imperial power.

Funding source


Nicholas Baker-Brian

Dr Nic Baker-Brian

Reader in New Testament and Early Christian Studies

Shaun Tougher

Professor Shaun Tougher

Professor of Late Roman and Byzantine History

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