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Dr Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe

Dr Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe

Lecturer in Patristics

Fellow and College Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies, Peterhouse


Biography:

Dr Lunn-Rockliffe read History at St Hugh’s College, Oxford (1995-8), before coming to Cambridge for an MPhil in Political Thought (1999), and a PhD in Late Antique History (2004). She took up a Research Fellowship (2002-4) and then a College Lectureship and Fellowship in History at Peterhouse (2004-6). From 2006-16 she taught Roman History in the Classics Department at King’s College London as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, before returning to Cambridge and Peterhouse in 2016. She has also held visiting fellowships at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University (2006), and at the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University (2012).

Research Interests

Dr Lunn-Rockliffe’s research centres on the life and thought of the church in a 'long' late antiquity (from the second to sixth centuries CE) in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean and further afield, especially in the Syriac-speaking world. Her PhD was on the political theology of Ambrosiaster, an anonymous Christian writer of the later fourth century. Her current major project is on late ancient ideas of the devil and demons, concentrating on notions of diabolical agency. She also has long-standing interests in patristic biblical exegesis, political thought, the history of liturgy, inter-religious relations in late antiquity, and magical texts and objects.

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