Late Antiquity

Lorenzo Bondioli

I was born in Rome, Italy, and grew up there, except from some childhood years spent in Alexandria as a latecomer to the Italian diaspora in Egypt. 

After surviving the bureaucratic nightmare that is Italian university, I moved onto Oxford, UK, where I obtained a master’s in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies. I arrived in Princeton in 2013, not really knowing what to expect from American academia, but firmly resolved to write a dissertation on Arab-Byzantine relations in the Central Mediterranean.

Walter F. Beers

As a student of the late antique and early medieval East Roman Empire, I gravitate towards political history and history of religion. My particular interests include ecclesiastical politics, schism and religious violence, conversion and missionary initiatives, and frontier studies. I also maintain an interest in trans-eurasian trade and silk road studies. I work with Greek, Syriac and Latin sources, but I am currently studying Arabic and classical Armenian.

Skyler Anderson

I am a cultural historian of the Middle East. My work broadly investigates the emergence of Islamic civilization from Late Antiquity. I work with whatever material I can find, including chronicles, legal texts, literature, letters, hagiography, and scripture. My historical comfort zone ranges from the 1st/7th  century to the 7th/13th, but I do not see my work as chronologically limited if telling a good story takes me beyond the Middle Ages.

Jack Tannous

I am interested in the cultural history of the eastern Mediterranean, especially the Middle East, in the Late Antique and early medieval period. My research focuses on the Syriac-speaking Christian communities of the Near East in this period, but I am interested in a number of other, related areas, including Eastern Christian Studies more broadly, Patristics/early Christian studies, Greco-Syriac and Greco-Arabic translation, Christian-Muslim interactions, sectarianism and identity, early Islamic history, the history of the Arabic Bible, and the Quran.

Peter Brown

Peter Brown, the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, is credited with having created the field of study referred to as late antiquity (250-800 A.D.), the period during which Rome fell, the three major monotheistic religions took shape, and Christianity spread across Europe. A native of Ireland, Professor Brown earned his B.A. in history from Oxford University (1956), where he taught until 1975 as a Fellow of All Souls College. He joined the Princeton faculty in 1986 after teaching at the University of London and the University of California, Berkeley.


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