Staff profile

Name:

Dr Christa Gray

Job Title:

Lecturer in Classics

Background:

I arrived at the University of Reading in January 2016, after teaching and researching at the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Oxford (in reverse chronological order).

Areas of interest:

My main focus is on early Christian Latin, specialising on the work of Jerome of Stridon (c. AD 347-420). I am interested in the ways in which fourth-century authors writing in Latin relate to the style and concepts found in earlier, non-Christian works, and how these writers' background and interests influence the development of Latin as a language in the run-up to the Middle Ages. My commentary on Jerome's Life of Malchus came out in February 2015, and I look forward to writing a companion volume on Jerome's Life of Hilarion. Both of these 'biographies' are very good reads and ought to be more widely known than they currently are - in the West, at any rate!

In the past couple of years, as Research Associate at the Fragments of the Republican Roman Orators project at Glasgow (http://www.frro.gla.ac.uk), I have also been working more specifically on the transmission of information about public speech from the Roman Republic in contemporary and later sources. In this context I am co-editing two volumes of essay collections, one on Roman Republican Institutions and Ideology (with Catherine Steel and Henriette van der Blom) and one on transmissions and reconstructions of Roman oratory (with Andrea Balbo, Richard Marshall, and Catherine Steel).

Research interests:

Latin prose narrative; Latin philology; early Christianity; ancient biography; the reception of Classical forms in late antique literature

Current projects

I am preparing a commentary on Jerome's Life of Hilarion, a very complex and intriguing text which gives us a host of varied information about ordinary and extraordinary people's lives in the fourth-century (AD) Mediterranean world. I am also co-organising, together with James Corke-Webster, a series of conference panels and workshops in order to prepare a volume of essays which take literary (rather than primarily historical or theological) perspectives in looking at early(ish) Christian texts about the lives of saints.

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