Academic Staff and Associates
School of Religious and Theological Studies
Dr. Nicholas Baker-Brian is a specialist on Augustine and Manichaeism in Roman North Africa. His most recent publication is on 'Modern Augustinian Biographies: Revisions and Counter-Memories,' in: Journal of Ancient Christianity 11 (2007) 151-157. His book on Augustine’s work 'Against Adimantus the Disciple of Mani' is forthcoming in 2008. His teaching includes Emperors and Bishops in Late Antiquity, Julian the Apostate, Celtic Religion, Gnosticism and Manichaeism. Together with Shaun Tougher he is currently preparing an international conference on Julian the Apostate as an author (Cardiff, July 2009).
Dr. Daniel King is a post-doctoral research assistant working on the Latin and Syriac Commentary project, specialising on the earliest translations and commentaries on Aristotle's 'Categories'. His PhD dissertation on Syriac translations of the works of Cyril of Alexandria is forthcoming. He also published on translation theory, and on Jerome of Stridon in Syriac. He also teaches Hellenistic Greek and Hebrew.
Dr. Josef Lössl specialises in Greek and Latin Patristics. His special interests include the second century (in particular Tatian the Syrian), the origin of commentarial literature, the origin and history of the chronicle, the work of Augustine and Jerome and their contemporaries, and the reception of Late Antiquity in the medieval and modern periods. His new translation of Augustine's 'On True Religion' has just been published, and he is preparing volumes on Jerome, the early church, and on Tatian's Ad Graecos. He is also a co-investigator in the Latin and Syriac Commentary project.
Professor Christine Trevett studies Early Christianity from a feminist perspective. Her book Montanism: Gender, Authority, and the New Prophecy (Cambridge 1996), has become a classic. She recently published Christian Women and the Time of the Apostolic Fathers (Cardiff 2006) and is currently working on early Christianity in Cappadocia.
Dr. Frank Trombley specialises in religion and society in the Byzantine world, the Christian Orient and early Islam. He also teaches on War and Ethics. His two volumes on Hellenic Religion and Christianisation (Brill: Leiden, 1993) are currently in their third edition (2001) and he is preparing a volume on Kekaumenos' Strategikon (Brill: Leiden, 2009).
Dr. John Watt is an expert in Syriac Christianity. He also teaches Jewish religion and philosophy. The focus of his research is on the reception of Classical Greek thought in Syriac literature. With Jan Willem Drijvers he co-edited Portraits of Spiritual Authority (Leiden 1999). His edition of Bar Hebraeus' Syriac translation of Aristotle's Rhetoric has just been published (Brill: Leiden, 2005). He is lead investigator of the AHRC funded Latin and Syriac Commentary project.
School of History and Archaeology
Dr. Peter Guest specialises in the study of coinage in late antiquity and the archaeology of later Roman Britain. He also teaches courses on coins in Ancient Britain, Roman Britain and death and burial in Late Antiquity. He recently excavated a fourth-century villa complex at Bradford-on-Avon and is currently excavating at Caerleon. His most recent publications include The Late Roman Gold & Silver Coins from the Hoxne Treasure (London 2005) and, with N. Wells, Iron Age and Roman Coins from Wales (Wetteren 2007).
Dr. Dirk Krausmüller is a Byzantine scholar with interests in theological and cosmological speculation in Early Medieval Byzantium, Byzantine concepts of the human person, gender, and self-determination, the afterlife and the communication between the living and the dead, Byzantine hagiography and monasticism and many other topics of Byzantine intellectual, spiritual and cultural life. His most recent publication is 'The Constantinopolitan abbot Dius: his life, cult and hagiographical dossier,' in: Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 2007, pp. 13-31.
Professor Denys Pringle is a specialist in the archaeology of the Crusader settlements in Syria and the Holy Land and teaches a course on the Archaeology of Late Antiquity. He is the author of, among others, The Churches of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. A Corpus, 3 vols. (Cambridge 1993, 1998, and 2007), and Fortification and Settlement in Crusader Palestine (Aldershot 2000).
Dr. Shaun Tougher is interested in the political and social history of the later Roman and Byzantine empire. His main research is on eunuchs and on the Macedonian dynasty of Byzantium (867-1056), in particular the emperor Leo VI. on whom he published The Reign of Leo VI. (886-912). Politics and People (Brill: Leiden 1997). His most recent book is on Julian the Apostate (Edinburgh 2007), on whom he is also preparing a major conference (Cardiff, July 2009).
Professor Andrew Cain, Department of Classics, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, is a Classicist with a special interest on the work of Jerome. His book on Jerome epistolary corpus is forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2008. In 2006 he collaborated on the Cardiff Jerome Conference, and he is currently preparing (with Josef Lössl) the publication of the conference volume (Ashgate 2009).
Prof. DDr. Alfons Fürst, Faculty of Theology, University of Münster, Germany is Professor for early Church History and Patristics. His many publications include books on Augustine and Jerome, Alexandria in Late Antiquity, and on social and political issues related to early Christianity, including the political role of monotheism and 'religion and peace'. His current projects include the co-editorship, with Christoph Markschies, of a complete bilingual edition of the extant works of Origen, and he is project-partner of the 'Latin and Syriac Commentary Project'.