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Benjamin Kybett

Benjamin Kybett

Department:
 Classics

Supervisor:
 Prof Christopher Kelly

College:
 Fitzwilliam

Title of thesis: Religion and Rhetoric at the Courts of the Theodosians, c.381-404


Biography:

I read Ancient & Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating in 2015. I studied for an MPhil in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, also at Oxford, writing my second-year thesis on monotheism and religious tolerance in the fourth century, focussing on Themistius' Or. 5. I graduated from that programme in 2017, and came to Cambridge the same year.

My thesis looks at the way in which pagans negotiated their position at the Christian courts of Theodosius I, and his sons Honorius and Arcadius. I explore this theme through the orations of Themistius and of Claudian, in many ways very different authors, but nonetheless very fruitfully comparable.

Other Academic Interests

I am interested more broadly in the intellectual history of the Later Roman Empire, in particular the intersection of religion with politics and culture; and the development of Christian theology in this period. I also have a more 'amateur' interest in the Renaissance and Reformation.

Research Interests

Politics in the Later Roman Empire

Late Antique Intellectual Culture

Patristic Theology

Research Supervision

I supervise the C4 'Transformation of the Ancient World' undergraduate paper

Upcoming events

Illustrating Ancient History: Bringing the Past to the Present

Nov 03, 2020

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA

Conservation in Action: the Bassae Frieze

Dec 08, 2020

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

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The Faculty is delighted to report that Professor Simon Goldhill has been elected as a Corresponding Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.

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