Dr Alison John

Academic Background

After my first two degrees in Canada, I moved to Edinburgh for my PhD. Before arriving in Oxford in 2021, I had a two-year Leverhulme Abroad fellowship at Ghent University in Belgium. 

Research Interests

My main interests are the history and literature of the late antique West. My doctoral work examined classical education in late antique Gaul, and I am currently preparing a monograph based on my PhD thesis. My new project focuses on Greek-Latin bilingualism in the West in Late Antiquity. I am also interested in Latin literature and literary history more generally.

Research Keywords

Roman history; Late Antiquity; Bilingualism; Cultural History; Literary History; Later Latin Literature; Ancient and Medieval Education.


I welcome enquiries from students interested in researching topics in late antique history, later Latin literature, or bilingualism in the late antique and early medieval West.  


Full Publications:

Selected Publications:

John, A. 2020. “Learning Greek in Late Antique Gaul,” in The Classical Quarterly, 70.2: 846 – 864.  


John, A. 2022. “(Mis)Identifying Teachers in Late Antique Gaul. Sidonius’ Ep. 4.11, Mamertus  Claudianus and Classical vs. Christian Education,” in Mnemosyne.