Professor Allen Brent
- Professor of Early Christian History and Iconography, King’s College, London
- Affiliated Lecturer, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Divinity (2008-2010)
- Acting Dean, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge (2012-2013)
- Associate Professor in History, James Cook University of North Queensland (1980-1995)
- Professore Invitato, Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Pontificia Universitas Laterenses Rome 2011-2012)
- Visiting Professor and Senior Research Fellow BARDA PROJECT, (with Prof. Markus Vinzent) Early Christian Iconography, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London (2011-2017)
Research interests and PhD supervision
My field in Early Christian History, exploring the interface between Christianity and Classical Culture is particularly seen in:
- The development of Church Order
- The phenomenon of cultural transformation in the medium of early Christian and ambiguously Pagan forms of art
- The attempt of Constantius II to develop a political theology of Christian imperial unity
My work considers epigraphy and iconography an essential part of the reconstruction of early Christian history without which any historical account will lack a viable interpretation of events.
Christianity and Classical Culture
Expertise and public engagement
I was responsible for giving a rational theological form to proposals for the creation of cultural bishops for the Anglican Aboriginal and Islander communities of Australia.
- Hippolytus and the Roman Church in the Third Century: Communities in Tension before the Emergence of a Monarch-Bishop (Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae 31 Leiden: E.J. Brill 1995).
- Ignatius of Antioch and the Second Sophistic, (Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum 36; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2006).
- A Political History of Early Christianity, (London: Clarke-Continuum 2009).
- Cyprian and Roman Carthage (Cambridge: University Press 2010)
- ‘Has the Vita Abercii mislead epigraphists in the reconstruction of the inscription?’ in The First Urban Churches Vol. 5:. Colossae, Hierapolis, and Laodicea, Eds. James Harrison and Larry Welborn (Writings from the Greco-Roman World. Supplement series, 16; Atlanta: SBL Press, 2019).