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Dr Neil McLynn
MA DPhil Oxf


Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Corpus Christi College
Associate Professor in Later Roman History, Faculty of Classics


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Dr Neil McLynn


Neil McLynn joined Corpus on April 1 2007 as University Lecturer in Later Roman History, in the Faculty of Classics; he holds a stipendiary lectureship at the college and teaches undergraduates in both classics and history. He studied classics and did his doctorate at Oxford, before moving to Japan in 1990. Until 2007 he taught in the Faculty of Law at Keio University, where he gave courses on a variety of subjects ranging from Shakespeare to International Relations. The experience has left him with a weakness for Japanese history in particular and for other people's subjects in general. To maintain his Japanese ties he runs a summer school for Keio students in Oxford, a project which involves a small team of Corpus undergraduates. During term he is much involved in the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity, which organizes and hosts a busy round of research seminars.

Research Keywords:

Ancient History (Late Antiquity)

Research Interests:

His research interests revolve mostly around the intricacies of religious politics in Late Antiquity. He is currently writing a book on the career of Gregory Nazianzen, a fourth-century churchman whose writings illuminate the workings of politics (secular, ecclesiastical and cultural) both in the small provincial town of Nazianzus and in the imperial capital of Constantinople. To delay the completion of this project he has recently embarked on research into some of the more complex episodes in the career of Augustine of Hippo.

Selected Publications:

'The Manna from Uncle: Basil of Caesarea and the 'Address to Young Men' ', in Unclassical Traditions Volume I, Alternatives to the Classical Past in Late Antiquity, Flower R, Williams MS, Kelly C (eds.), (Cambridge Philological Society 2010), 106-118, Website:

Augustine's Black Sheep: The Case of Antoninus of Fussala, in Istituzioni, carismi ed esercizio del potere, IV-VI secolo, Bonamente G, Testa RL (eds.), (Edipuglia 2010), 305-321.

Moments of Truth: Gregory Nazianzen and Theodosius I, in From the tetrarchs to the Theodosians, McGill S, Sogno C, Watts EJ (eds.), (Cambridge University Press 2010).

Christian politics and religious culture in late antiquity, (Ashgate 2009).

Pagans in a Christian Empire, in A Companion to Late Antiquity, Rousseau P (ed.), (Wiley-Blackwell 2009), 572-587.

Poetic creativity and political crisisin early fifth-century Gaul, Mathisen R (ed.), Journal of Late Antiquity, Vol: 2, (2009), 60-74.

Crying wolf: The pope and the lupercalia, Journal of Roman Studies, Vol: 98, (2008), 161-175.

Postscript to the Lupercalia: from Caesar to Andromachus, Co-author: North JA, Journal of Roman Studies, Vol: 98, (2008), 176-181.

Cappadocia, 4th-6th century. A provincial history of the Roman Empire of the East., Journal of Hellenic Studies, Vol: 127, (2007), 253-253.

'Among the Hellenists: Gregory and the Sophists', in Gregory of Nazianzus: Images and Reflections, J. Børtnes and T. Hägg (eds.), (Copenhagen 2006), 213-238.

'Disciplines of Discipleship in Late Antique Education: Augustine and Gregory Nazianzen', in Augustine and the Disciplines: From Cassiciacum to Confessions, M. Vessey and K. Pollmann (eds.), (Oxford 2005), 49-65.

'The Transformations of Imperial Churchgoing in the Fourth Century', in Approaching Late Antiquity, M. Edwards and S. Swain (eds.), (Oxford 2004), 235-270.

Greek biography and panegyric in late antiquity, Classical Review, Vol: 52, (2002), 46-48.

Communities of the blessed. Social environment and religious change in northern Italy, AD200-400, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol: 52, (2001), 525-526.

Ambrose of Milan: Church and Court in a Christian Capital, (University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles 1994).