kate-author-photo-sept-2014Kate Cooper is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manchester. Kate writes and teaches about the world of the Mediterranean in the Roman period, with a special interest in daily life and the family, religion, gender, and social identity. Kate blogs at, and she can be found on, at the University of Manchester, and on Twitter.

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James Corke-Webster is Lecturer in Roman History at the University of Durham. He studies the literary complexity of our textual sources, and uses independent evidence like papyri to peer behind them. He investigates the changing Roman world by putting Christianity back in its original context – a culturally Greek Roman Empire. He can be found at his Edinburgh staff page and on

Julia picJulia Hilner is Reader in Medieval History at the University of Sheffield. She is interested in Roman law: from the political, social and philosophical contexts of its production and codification at the imperial centre, to legal practices ‘on the ground’ and how they helped individuals to shape their relationships and environment. She can be found on her Sheffield staff page.

Andrew MarshamAndrew Marsham is Senior Lecturer in Islamic History in the Department of Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh. His main research interest is the formation of a distinctive Islamic political culture between c. 600–c. 900 CE in the context of the Arabian conquest of the Sasanian Empire of Iran and the eastern provinces of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire. He can be found at his Edinburgh staff page.

JonathanTallonJonathan Tallon is programme leader for research and New Testament tutor at Luther King House, an ecumenical theological college in Manchester. He specialises in how the socio-economic and cultural context of late antiquity interacts with the development of Christian thought. He is currently exploring John Chrysostom’s understanding of faith in his late 4th/early 5th C context. He can be found at Luther King House.

Jamie WoodJamie Wood is Lecturer in History at the University of Lincoln. He has worked on history-writing, identity, education, cultural memory, and violence in the late antique and early Medieval Mediterranean, particularly Spain. He is currently developing a project on the role of violence in education from 100-700 CE. He is also interested in the role of active and inquiry-based pedagogies in higher education. He can be found at Lincoln staff page and on


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