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Professor Gillian Clark FBA

The social & intellectual history of late antiquity, & early Christian (patristic) studies, in the Mediterranean world of the third to the seventh century
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About this Fellow

Gillian Clark is Professor Emerita (since 2010) of Ancient History, University of Bristol. She is an alumna of Somerville College, Oxford, where she read 'Greats' (Greek and Latin language and literature, ancient history, and philosophy). Her MA and D.Phil. are also from Oxford. She taught for the universities of Glasgow, St Andrews, and Manchester before her appointment to Liverpool and then to Bristol. Her research field is known to classicists as late antiquity and to theologians as early Christian studies or as patristics. She works on social and intellectual history, with a special interest in the lives of women. Her continuing project is a commentary on Augustine, City of God. She co-edits, with Andrew Louth FBA, the monogtaph series Oxford Early Christian Texts / Studies (OUP), and she is a General Editor of the series Translated Texts for Historians 300-800 (Liverpool University Press), which provides scholarly annotated translations from the languages of the Roman empire and its neighbours and successors.



Current post

  • Professor Emerita and Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol

Past Appointments

  • Professor Emerita and Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol, 2012

British Academy Appointments

  • Member of Council, 2014 - 2017


Monica: An Ordinary Saint 2015

Body and Gender, Soul and Reason in Late Antiquity 2011

Christianity and Roman Society 2004

Porphyry: On Abstinence from Killing Animals 2000

Augustine: Confessions 1-4 1995

Women in Late Antiquity: Pagan and Christian Lifestyles 1993

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Renaissance and Early Modern intellectual culture, especially in France and the Low Countries; sixteenth and early-seventeenth century French literature; Neo-Latin Studies; the Republic of Letters; the Classical tradition