MemberErnest Metzger

…beek, M. Schermaier, R. Fiori, J. Coriat], Inter cives necnon peregrnos: Essays in Honour of Boudewijn Sirks. Göttingen: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht. 2014.

[with K. Baston], The Roman Law Library of Alan Ferguson Rodger, Lord Rodger of Earlsferry, with a Bibliography of His Works. Glasgow: Traditio Iuris Romani. 2012. ISBN 9780956642318.

ed., David Daub…

Prof Metzger writes on Roman law, especially the law of procedure, and on the moral philosophy and jurisprudence of Adam Smith.

MemberDominik Trump

…lingian secular law texts

Capitularia. Edition of the Frankish Capitularies

PhD-project to the transmission and reception of the so-called Epitome Aegidii, an early medieval Roman law text…

I am currently working as a research assistant at the Cologne based project “Edition of the Frankish Capitularies”. My main research interest is the manuscript culture of the Early Middle Ages and especially the manuscripts of Roman law. Futhermore I am very interested in palaeography, particularly in Tironian notes.

MemberSteven Foster

My research intends to trace the different ways the participants of the English Reformation tried to interpret the meaning of Romans 13:1-7 and how these interpretations made sense of the present during a period of seismic change.  The Pauline proof text ‘Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God’ (Rom.13:1), has been a neglected crux in the evolution of political theology and was central in the early modern debates which concerned politico-religious allegiance.

MemberCarl R. Rice

I am currently a Ph.D. student in the combined doctoral program in Ancient History at Yale University. I explore the interactions between the Roman government and marginalized religious groups during the period known as Late Antiquity (c. 150-700 CE).  My chief interest lies in how and why those relationships changed as the Roman empire became increasingly Christianized throughout that period.  I seek to better understand where, when, and why the Roman government (whether Christian or non-Christian) used violence to police and enforce religious norms and identities. I also examine other means (such as law, ritual, and architecture) the government employed to reinforce these normative religious identities.  I am also interested in gender and sexuality studies in the Roman world. Please feel free to contact me at with any questions.

MemberJordan Rosenblum

My research focuses on the literature, law, and social history of the rabbinic movement. In particular, I am interested in how rabbinic food regulations enact and maintain distinct identities. I am currently writing a book entitled Rabbinic Drinking: What Beverages Teach Us About Rabbinic Literature (University of California Press; forthcoming in February 2020) and co-editing a volume entitled Feasting and Fasting: The History and Ethics of Jewish Food (New York University Press; forthcoming in December 2019).

MemberMark Letteney

I joined Princeton’s program in the Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity in 2014 after receiving a MAR in the History of Christianity from Yale Divinity School and degrees in Religious Studies and Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My dissertation, titled “Christianizing Knowledge: a new order of books in the Theodosian Age”, changes to documentary practice and readerly expectations across elite technical literature from the late fourth through the middle of the fifth century CE. In it, I bring together Roman legal sources, “patristic” theological tractates, conciliar acta, and the emergence of the genre of Talmud to demonstrate convergences between these corpora on a structural level, and to argue that jurists, bishops, and rabbis approached their task of commentary and codification with analogous prejudices and expectations about what documents are, what they do, and how they are to be used. This project approaches the question of “Christianization” beyond a sunday morning headcount, examining the effect of Christianity on structures of knolwedge in the later Roman empire. I am co-director of the Solomon’s Pools Archaeological Project, as well as a field archaeologist with the Jezreel Valley Regional Project, focusing on excavation of the Roman 6th Legion “Ferrata” castrum in Legio, Israel.t For the 2018-9 academic year I will be in residence at the American Academy in Rome as the Paul Mellon/Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize winner. My CV is available here.

MemberNga Bellis-Phan

Nga Bellis-Phan is a Legal Historian specialized in European Early modern Private law and Economic history (16th-18th century). After graduating from law school with a full scholarship from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she is now a funded PhD candidate at the Institute of Legal History – University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas and a teaching assistant at the Law School of University Paris-Nanterre. Her research focuses on securities for debt based on movable goods, with a particular interest in the legal theory and practice of pawns and pawnbroking. Academic interests > European Legal History & Economic History (16th-19th century) Securities for debts, Credit networks, Movable property, Insolvency > Vietnamese Legal History (15th-20th century) Full up-to-date CV here.