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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership - Student Profiles



I hold a Staatsexamen degree in Latin Literature and History from the University of Heidelberg and an MPhil from Cambridge in Classics. As part of my studies for Staatsexamen, I spent a year at Sapienza University in Rome, where I focused particularly on the history of early Christianity. Back to Heidelberg, I completed my studies with a thesis on the Christianisation of the Roman aristocracy. The glimpses I took for this thesis at Augustine's Confessions and letters encouraged me to engage further with his work during my MPhil, for which I focussed on classical receptions in City of God. In my PhD research, I address the question: how does Augustine theorise interpretation through quotation? In order to provide answers to this question, I study mainly, but not exclusively, the Cassiciacum dialogues, De magistro, De doctrina christiana and Confessions.  

In autumn 2017, I spent a semester as a research associate at Bryn Mawr College on the invitation of Professor Catherine Conybeare.

Other academic interests

Rhetoric, Aby Warburg, Reception of the Classics (particularly in Early Modern Literature on the Americas), the City of Rome. 

Department: Faculty of Classics
Supervisor: Professor Simon Goldhill
College: Christ's
AHRC Subject Area: Classics
Title of Thesis: Authority and Interpretation in Augustine of Hippo