Professor Gillian Clark

Gillian Clark is Professor Emerita (since 2010) of Ancient History at the University of Bristol. She read Greats (Greek and Latin language and literature, ancient history, and philosophy) at Somerville, and also took her MA and DPhil here.

After Oxford, Professor Clark taught at the universities of Glasgow, St Andrews, and Manchester before her appointment to Liverpool and then to Bristol. Her research field is known to classicists as late antiquity and to theologians as early Christian studies or patristics. She works on social and intellectual history, with a special interest in the lives of women. Her continuing project is a commentary on Augustine, City of God.

Professor Clark also co-edits, with Andrew Louth FBA, the monograph series Oxford Early Christian Texts / Studies (OUP), and she is a General Editor of the series Translated Texts for Historians 300-800 (Liverpool University Press), which provides scholarly annotated translations from the languages of the Roman empire and its neighbours and successors.



Monica: an ordinary saint
Clark, E. G., 2014, New York: Oxford University Press.

Augustine: The Confessions
Clark, EG., 2005, Bristol Phoenix Press. 128 p.

Christianity and Roman Society
Clark, EG., 2004, Cambridge University Press.

Porphyry, On Abstinence from Killing Animals (translation and commentary)
Clark, EG., 2000, Duckworth.

Augustine, Confessions 1-4 (edition and commentary)
Clark, EG., 1995, x ed. Cambridge University Press.

Women in Late Antiquity: pagan and Christian lifestyles
Clark, EG., 1993, Oxford University Press.


‘This strangely neglected author: TTH and Late Antiquity’ in Journal of Early Christian Studies. 16, p. 131 – 141.

Review: ‘Animals, Gods, and Humans: chaging attitudes to animals in Greek, Roman and early Christian ideas’ in Journal of Roman Studies. 97, p. 296 – 296.

Review: Early Christianity; The Spread of Christianity in the First Four Centuries in Journal of Ecclesiastical History. 58, p. 291 – 293.

Review: ‘Augustine: sinner and saint’ in Journal of Roman Studies. 96, p. 304 – 305.

‘City of God(s): Augustine’s Virgil’ in Proceedings of the Virgil Society. 25, p. 83 – 94.

Review: ‘The Making of a Christian Aristocracy’ in Classical Review. 53 (2), p. 440 – 442.

Review of ‘St Augustine’ in The Times Literary Supplement. 21 February 2003, p. 32 – 32.

Review: ‘The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages’ in The Times Literary Supplement. April 27 2001, p. 30 – 30.

Review of Klingshirn, W and Vessey, M (Eds) ‘The Limits of Ancient Christianity’; Edwards, M et al (Ed) ‘Apologetics’; Hopkins, K ‘A World Full of Gods’ in Journal of Roman Studies. 91, p. 70 – 72.

‘Translating relics: Victricius of Rouen and fourth-century debate’ in Early Medieval Europe. 10.2, p. 161 – 176.

Book Chapters

‘Deficient Causes: Augustine on Creation and Angels’ in Causation and Creation in Late Antiquity. 2014, Cambridge University Press

‘Fragile brilliance: Augustine on decadence’ in Décadence or Other Antiquity? 2013, Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, p. 35-52

‘Philosopher: Augustine in Retirement’ in A Companion to Augustine. 2012, Vessey, M. (ed.). Wiley-Blackwell, p. 257-269

‘The Ant of God: Augustine, scripture and the curriculum’ in Shifting Cultural Frontiers in Late Antiquity. Brakke, D., Deliyannis, D. & Watts, E. (eds.). 2012, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., p. 151-63

‘Paradise for pagans? Augustine on Virgil, Cicero, and Plato’ in Paradise in Antiquity: Jewish and Christian views. Bockmuehl, M. & Stroumsa, G. G. (eds.). 2010, Cambridge University Press, p. 166 – 178

‘Should the Philosopher Marry? Marriage as sacred or profane’ in Les frontières du profane dans l’antiquité tardive. Rebillard, E. & Sotinel, C. (eds.). 2010, Ecole française de Rome, p. 235 – 245 1

‘”The truth shall make you free”: Augustine on the power of religion’ in The Power of Religion in Late Antiquity. Cain, A. & Lenski, N. (eds.). 2009, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., p. 189 – 200

‘What are women for? Augustine’s answers’ in Il-Mara U L-Istat: fit-Taghlim ta’ Stu Wistin. Caruana, S. (ed.). 2009, Provincja Agostinjana, p. 87 – 103 26

‘Can we talk? Augustine and the possibility of dialogue’ in The End of Dialogue in Antiquity. Goldhill, S. D. (ed.). 2008, Cambridge University Press, p. 117 – 134

‘Augustine’s Porphyry and the universal way of salvation’ in Studies on Porphyry. Karamanolis, G. & Sheppard, A. (eds.). 2007, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies Supplement, p. 127 – 140

‘City of Books: Augustine and the World as Text’ in The Early Christian Book. Klingshirn, W. & Safran, L. (eds.). 2007, Catholic University of America Press, p. 117 – 138

‘Do try this at home: the domestic philosopher in late antiquity’ in From Rome to Constantinople: studies in honour of Averil Cameron. Amirav, H. & ter Haar Romeny, B. (eds.). 2007, Peeters, p. 153 – 172

‘Rod, line and net: Augustine on the limits of diversity’ in Discipline and Diversity: Studies in Church History 43. Cooper, K. & Gregory, J. (eds.). 2007, Boydell & Brewer, p. 80 – 99

‘Desires of the Hangman: Augustine on Legitimized Violence’ in Violence in Late Antiquity: Perceptions and Practices. H. A. D. (ed.). 2006, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., p. 137 – 146

‘In the Foreskin of your Flesh: the pure male body in late antiquity’ in Roman Bodies. Hopkins, A. & Wyke, M. (eds.). 2005, The British School at Rome, p. 43 – 54

‘The Health of the Spiritual Athlete’ in Health in Antiquity. King, H. (ed.). 2005, Routledge, p. 216 – 229

‘Contributions (The Philosophy of the Commentators 200-600 AD: a sourcebook. Vol I: Psychology)’ in The Philosophy of the Commentators 200-600 AD: a sourcebook. Vol I: Psychology. Sorabji, R. (ed.). 2004, Duckworth

‘Pilgrims and Foreigners:Augustine on going home’ in Travel, Communication and Geography in Late Antiquity. Ellis, L. & Kidner, F. (eds.). 2004, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., p. 149 – 158 10

‘Fattening the Soul: Christian asceticism and Porphyry on abstinence’ in Ascetica, Gnostica, Liturgica, Orientalia: Studia Patristica 35. 2001, Peeters, Vol. XXXV. p. 41 – 51 11

‘Pastoral Care: town and country in late antique preaching’ in Urban Centers and Rural Contexts in Late Antiquity. Burns, T. & Eadie, J. (eds.). 2001, Michigan State University Press, p. 265 – 284

‘Spoiling the Egyptians: Roman law and Christian exegisis in late antiquity’ in Law, Society and Authority in Late Antiquity. Mathisen, R. (ed.). 2001, Oxford University Press, p. 133 – 147

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