Research Expertise and Interest

history of the Later Roman Empire, pagan - Christian interactions, ancient medicine, slavery and the evolution of Christianity, leadership and empire, gender and imperial rule, reception of antiquity

Research Description

Susanna Elm, FBA, is Sidney H. Ehrman Chair and Distinguished Professor in the Departments of History and Ancient Greek and Roman Studies.  Her current research focuses on the reality of enslavement  in the later Roman empire and its impact on the formulation of core Christian tenets, especially in the writings of Augustine of Hippo.  She just submitted a manuscript entitled  Dressing the Empire: Queering Christian Imperial Rule to UC Press and is finalizing a volume edited with Kristina Sessa,  War and Community in Late Antiquity, for Cambridge Press.

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