Jaclyn Maxwell

Jaclyn Maxwell received her Ph.D. in History and the Program in the Ancient World from Princeton University and her B.A. in History and Classics from Tulane University. She holds a joint appointment at Ohio University in the Department of History and the Department of Classics and World Religions.

In History, she teaches Western Heritage: The Classical Age (HIST 121), Ancient Greece (HIST 329B) and Ancient Rome (HIST 329C) on a regular basis. She has also taught Jewish History to 1500 (HIST 328A) and the Introductory History Seminar (HIST 295), with an emphasis on life in the Roman Empire. All of these courses are designed to provide an overview of historical developments in antiquity, as well as in-depth analyses of selected ancient texts that introduce students directly to the culture and mentality of the time period. In Classics and World Religions, she has taught Roman Religions and Society (CLAS 354); Asceticism: Hermits, Monks and Virgins (CLWR 305) and Religion and Violence (CLWR 306). All of these courses examine multiple religious traditions and emphasize the importance of studying religious beliefs and practices within a broader historical context.

Dr. Maxwell’s research is focused on the important religious and social changes that took place during the later Roman Empire (the fourth to sixth centuries C.E.), when Christianity gradually became the dominant religion of the Mediterranean world. She examined the impact of this change on ordinary people by studying sermons that survive from this period for her first book, Christianization and Communication: John Chrysostom and Lay Christians in Antioch (Cambridge University Press, 2006). Her more recent publications include "Paganism and Christianization" in the Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2011) and "Education, Humility and Choosing Ideal Bishops in Late Antiquity" in Episcopal Elections in Late Antiquity (De Gruyter Verlag, 2011). Her current research is focused on the attitudes of the educated elite toward ordinary people and the extent to which the transition from a pagan to a Christian society affected this. She has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Dumbarton Oaks.

During the summer of 2011, she was invited by Smithsonian Journeys to work as a "study leader" for a two week trip to eastern Turkey: "Ancient Worlds of Anatolia." Dr. Maxwell presented lectures on history, archaeology and religion related to the cities and archaeological sites visited on the trip. http://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/blog/2011/08/09/anatolia-turkey/

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