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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership - Student Profiles



  • 2014-2019 PhD (Cantab), thesis title: 'The Metaphysics of Light in the Hexaemeral Literature - From Philo of Alexandria to Ambrose of Milan'
  • 2013-2014 MPhil (Cantab) in Theology & Religious Studies, dissertation title: 'Divine Infinity & Negative Theology in Philo of Alexandria - A Study with Particular Reference to Quis rerum divinarum heres sit §§ 227-9' (Distinction; Theological Studies Award)
  • 2010-2013 BA (Hons) in Theology, University of Athens (Distinction; Top of the class)
  • Orthodox Priest (Archimandrite), Church of Greece, Archdiocese of Athens, currently serving also at St Athanasios, Cambridge
  • Previously did military service in the Greek Air Force and studied Law in the Universities of Athens (BA Hons), Paris I (D.E.A.), and Berlin (Dr. Jur.); worked as a Lawyer in Athens (Athens Bar), and held work placements in the Greek Ministry of Internal Affairs (1998) & the European Commission (2002) 


Key publications: 
  • ‘Chasing the Light: What happened to the Ancient Theories?’ (ISIS 110 (2019), 270-82)
  • 'Why Study Philo Today? A Hundred Years of Philonic Scholarship in Retrospect and Prospect,’ Reviews in Religion & Theology, 24:1 (2016), 1-10
  • 'The Problem of Evil in the Light of Christ: A Further Response to N.N. Trakakis,' posted in ABC Religion and Ethics, 21 July 2016, articles/2016/07/21/4504498.htm
  • 'Wounded by Love: Sketch of an Orthodox Response to N.N. Trakakis,' posted in ABC Religion and Ethics, 9 June 2016, 2016/06/09/4479015.htm
  • 'An Orthodox Perspective on Distributive Justice,' Proceedings of the IVème Colloque International (9-11 June 2015), Université Toulouse 1, Montauban (in print)
  • I am currently working on forthcoming publications in early Christian theology and cosmology; the reception of the homeric tradition in Alexandrian Judaism (Philo); and contemporary constructions of the person in analytic and continental theology.
Department: Divinity
Supervisor: Dr. Rowan Williams
College: Pembroke
AHRC subject area: Philosophy of Religion & Historical Theology
Title of Thesis: The Metaphysics of Light in the Hexaemeral Literature - From Philo of Alexandria to Ambrose of Milan
 Isidoros Charalampos Katsos