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Dr Dawn LaValle
PhD Princeton


Fellow by Examination (JRF), Magdalen College
Member, Faculty of Classics


Magdalen College


Dr Dawn LaValle


I completed my Ph.D. in Classics and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University in 2015. Before that, I achieved a AB from University of Chicago in Classics and a MA from Notre Dame in Early Christian Studies. I began my research post at Magdalen in September 2015.

Research Keywords:

Imperial Greek literature, philosophical dialogue, gender studies, early Christianity, ancient medicine

Research Interests:

I work on the Greek literature of the Roman Empire during the transitional period from the 1-4th centuries AD and am especially interested in the conversation between Christian and non-Christian texts during this period. You can read more about my current research project on metaphors relying on ancient medical concepts here:

Selected Publications:

''Coming Late to the Table: Methodius in the Context of Sympotic Literary Development'', K. Bracht (ed.), (de Gruyter forthcoming 2017).

''Feasting at the End: The Eschatological Symposia of Methodius of Olympus and Julian the Apostate'', Studia Patristica, (forthcoming 2017).

Nostalgia and Hope: Methodius of Olympus and the Creation of a Christian Literary Aesthetic in the 3rd Century, (CUP 2018 in preparation ).

Co-Editor, Hypatia of Alexandria: Her Context and Legacy, (Mohr Siebeck 2017 in preparation).

''Divine Breastfeeding: Milk, Blood and Pneuma in Clement of Alexandria's Paedagogus'', Journal of Late Antiquity, Vol: 8.2, (2015), 322-336.