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Biography

I am a Roman historian with particular interests in early Christian and late antique history and literature. I studied Classics and Theology at Oxford, Cambridge, and Manchester, before taking up a Fulbright Scholarship at Berkeley. I then held lectureships at Edinburgh and Durham before moving to Kings in 2017.

Research interests

  • Early Christian history and literature
  • Late antiquity
  • Ancient historiography
  • Roman imperial history
  • Epistolography

My first monograph, on Eusebius of Caesarea’s Ecclesiastical History, argued that the first narrative of early Christian history used events and individuals from Christianity’s past to create a new vision of Christianity tailored to Eusebius’ fourth century context. My current project, ‘Persecution: Life and Memory’, is a new study of the persecution of the early Christians. It will re-evaluate both the reality of Christian experience under Rome, and how that experience was later “written up”.

I am also currently working, with Dr. Lisa Eberle, on a funded project on governance in the Roman world.   

Teaching

I teach a range of modules in Roman history, covering the late Republican, early and high imperial, and late antique periods.

Expertise and public engagement

In 2013-14 while working in Edinburgh I contributed to the Church of Scotland’s 2014 report on ordination.

I have spoken to school pupils on a range of topics in early Christian studies and Roman history, and am happy to given such talks in future.

Selected publications

Books

Eusebius and Empire: Constructing Church and Rome in the Ecclesiastical History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Journal articles

‘Emperors, Bishops, Art and Jurisprudence: The Transformation of Law in Eusebius of Caesarea’, Early Mediaeval Europe 27.1 (2019), 12-34.

‘Trouble in Pontus: The Pliny-Trajan Correspondence on the Christians Reconsidered’ TAPA 147.2 (2017), 371-411.

‘The Early Reception of Pliny the Younger in Tertullian of Carthage and Eusebius of Caesarea’, Classical Quarterly 67.1 (2017), 247-262.

‘A Man for the Times: Jesus and the Abgar Correspondence in Eusebius of Caesarea’s Ecclesiastical History’, Harvard Theological Review 110.4 (2017), 563-587.