MemberJennifer Barry

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Bishops in Flight: Exilic Discourse in Late Antiquity

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Flight during times of persecution has a long and fraught history in early Christianity. Writing in the third century, Tertullian of Carthage argued that bishops who flee are cowards or, worse yet, heretics. By the fourth century, the terms of persecution changed as Christianity became the favored cult of the Roman Empire. This transition was by no means a smooth one, and bishops often found themselves in exile when they fell out of favor wit…
…“Receptions of Exile: Athanasius of Alexandria’s legacy,” in Clerical Exile in Late Antiquity edited by Julia Hillner, Joerg Ulrich, and Jakob Engberg (Peter Lang Publishing, 2016).

“Diagnosing Heresy: Ps.-Martyrius’s Funerary Speech for John Chrysostom” Journal of Early Christian Studies 24.3 (Fall 2016): 395-418.

“Heroic Bishops: Hilary of Poitiers’s exilic discourse” Vigiliae Christianae 70.2 (2016): 155-174.


My research interests include the discourse of exile, the making of orthodoxy and heresy, and gendered violence in late antiquity.

MemberJohn Penniman


Raised on Christian Milk: Food and the Formation of the Soul in Early Christianity. Yale University Press, 2017.


“Blended with the Savior: Gregory of Nyssa’s Eucharistic Pharmacology in the Catechetical Oration,” forthcoming in Studies in Late Antiquity (December 2018)

“Fed to Perfection: Mother’s Milk, Roman Family Values, and the Transformation of the Soul in Gregory of Nyssa,” Church History 84.3 (2015): 495-530.

“The Health-Giving Cup: Cyprian’s Ep. 63 and the Medicinal Powe…

Scholar of religion in late antiquity / teacher of religious studies and the history of Christianity / researching at the intersection of religion, ritual, drugs, and medicine in the ancient mediterranean world.

MemberSihong Lin

…2015–2019: PhD in History, University of Manchester.

Thesis: ‘Ecclesiastical Networks and the Papacy at the End of Late Antiquity, c. 550–700’.

2014–2015: MSt in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford.

2011–2014: BA in History, University of Oxford….
…Journal articles:

‘Justin under Justinian: The Rise of Emperor Justin II Revisited’, Dumbarton Oaks Papers (forthcoming).

‘Justinian’s Frankish War, 552‒ca. 560’, Studies in Late Antiquity 5.3 (2021), pp. 403–31.

‘Bede, the Papacy, and the Emperors of Constantinople’, English Historical Review 136 (2021), pp. 465–97 [open access]:

‘The Merovingian Kingdoms and the Monothelete Controversy’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 71.2 (2020), pp. 235–52.

Book chapters:

I am a historian of cross-cultural exchanges in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages. My research reinterprets the history of the seventh-century papacy through the perspective of its networks. Although this period is frequently seen as when the unity of Christendom fractured, by considering together admirers of Rome from both the post-Roman West and the Eastern Roman Empire, I argue that we can trace how echoes of Greek disputes were passed westwards by these transnational pro-papal networks. My publications therefore focus on the influence of eastern ideas on Latin authors, particularly Gregory of Tours and the Venerable Bede, and argue for a more interconnected Christendom at the end of late antiquity.

MemberRobin Whelan

…3-5 June 2021: Quantification and qualification: revisiting the Christianization of the late Roman bureaucracy
Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity XIV: Scale and Study of Late Antiquity

7 July 2021: (Ex)communication strategies: governors at the boundaries of the church in late antiquity
‘Frontiers of Late Antiquity III: Bureaucratic Frontiers’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds.

September 2021: Keynote speaker for ‘Ambiguity and Ambivalence’, 8th annual Postgraduate and Early Career Late Antiquity Network conference….
…I am currently the recipient of an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellowship (Sept 2020-Aug 2023) for a project entitled ‘The Christian State in Late Antiquity: Officials, Identities, and Religious Change, c. 400-600 CE’. The main aims of this project are:

1. To explore how Christian political culture became mainstream in late antiquity.
–to investigate the development of Christian ideas of political service and the impact of Christian identity on imperial and royal officials in the fifth and sixth centuries.
–to consider the w…

‘Ethnicity, Christianity, and groups: Homoian Christians in Ostrogothic Italy and Visigothic Spain’, in Erica Buchberger and Yaniv Fox (edd.) Inclusion and exclusion in Mediterranean Christianities, 400-800, Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages 25 (Turnhout, 2019), 167-98.

‘An ascetic state? Fashioning Christian political service across the early sixth-century Mediterranean’, Studies in Late Antiquity 2.3 (2018): 385-418.

‘Mirrors for bureaucrats: expectations o…

I am Lecturer in Mediterranean History at the University of Liverpool. I am a cultural historian of late antiquity and the early middle ages. My research and teaching focus on the later Roman Empire and its early medieval successors, with a particular interest in issues of religious diversity, social identity, ethnic communities, and political culture. My first book, Being Christian in Vandal Africa (University of California Press, 2018) is about the consequences of church conflict in post-Roman Africa (modern-day Tunisia and Algeria). My current project considers the Christian identities and entanglements of imperial and royal officials in late antiquity. Before coming to Liverpool in January 2018, I was Hulme Humanities Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (2014-2018), and a temporary Lecturer in Early Medieval History attached to various Oxford colleges (2016/17).

MemberMateusz Fafinski

I am a historian of Late Antique and Early Medieval West with a particular interest in the use of Roman legacy as a governance resource. In the past I have worked on travel and trade in Early Medieval Northern Sea basin, as well as literary reception of classical archetypes in British literature. Now my main project investigates the use of Roman assets (especially infrastructural ones) as governance resources in Late Antique and early Anglo-Saxon Britain; the social impact as well as the role that the Roman infrastructure played in the Early Medieval economy and politics of the island make it a important but also rarely problematized topic. I also work extensively in the area of Digital Humanities, exploring spatial presentation of written sources.

MemberMichael E. Pregill


“Editor’s Introduction: Eastern Perspectives on Late Antiquity”
Mizan: Journal for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations 3.1 (Fall 2018)

Review Essay: “Positivism, Skepticism, and Agnosticism in the Study of Late Antiquity and the Qur’an”
Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association 2 (2018): 169–199

“‘A Calf, A Body That Lows’: The Golden Calf from Late Antiquity to Classical Islam”
The Reception of Golden Calf Traditions in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Alec Luca…

Michael E. Pregill is a scholar of comparative religion, focusing on the scriptural cultures of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Much of his research focuses on the reception of biblical, Jewish, and Christian traditions in the Qur’an and Islam. He lives and teaches in Los Angeles, California.