Roman religion The effects of religion on Roman life, from politics and society to gender and individual religious experience. I am especially interested in the way Romans understood the nature of their gods. One of my recent publications on this topic is: ‘M. Valerius Messala to Teos (Syll.3 601) and the Theology of Rome’s War with Antiochus III’, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 189 (2014): 115-120.
Early Christianity and its interactions with non-Christian religions The development of Christian movements and how they interacted with adherents of other religions in the Mediterranean world of the first several centuries AD. One of my recent publications on this topic is: 'God(s) Contrary to Nature: A Theological Debate Between Pagans and Christians', Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 57 (2017): 660-686.
Ancient divination One of my research specialties is augury, a form of divination used by the Roman state to determine whether the gods would support their political and strategic decisions. I am also interested in other forms of Roman, Greek, and Christian divination. One of my recent publications on this topic is: 'Falsifying the Auspices in Republican Politics', forthcoming in C. Steel and H. van der Blom (eds.), Institutions and Ideology (Cambridge University Press).
Greek and Roman historiography How and why Greek and Roman authors wrote history the way they did. One of my recent publications on this topic is: ‘Theology as a Historiographic Tool in Dionysius of Halicarnassus’, Phoenix 68.3-4 (2014): 330-349.
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