Clare Gardom

I study how Clement's attitude to the senses fits into his anthropology, which is in turn a distinctive synthesis of his scriptural and philosophical sources. The senses are interfaces between both body and soul and individual and society, making them a fruitful focus for exploring how a classically-educated early Christian thought about what it meant to be human. Control of the senses, in Clement's view, is what distinguishes humans from animals and ultimately facilitates their theiosis. I am particularly interested in Clement's classical sources, including Plutarch and Musonius Rufus, and in how he follows Philo's model of marrying scripture to Plato.