Fields of Study: Late Antiquity (ca. 200-700 C.E.), Roman History, Ancient Mediterranean
Research Interests: Late Antique Intellectual Culture (paideia), Identity Formation in Late Antiquity, Greek and Roman Education, Greek Culture under the Roman Empire, Sensory History
Dissertation Title: “Philosophy, Asceticism, and the Body in Late Antique Cappadocia”
Biography: Stefan Hodges-Kluck’s research focuses on the relationship between classical Greek philosophy and asceticism in the late antique Mediterranean. His dissertation studies how three highly educated fourth-century Christians—Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Gregory of Nyssa—presented learning as a bodily practice of asceticism that impressed Christian ideals into and upon individuals’ bodies. Hodges-Kluck contends that the “culture wars” in which Christian intellectuals like the Cappadocians engaged involved disputes not only over what texts people should read, but also of how people should control their bodies. I have conducted all research for my dissertation, and I have written the first four chapters. As the increasing ascetic movement, along with the reign of the emperor Julian the Apostate (r. 361-3 CE), created new questions about the value of classical Greco-Roman education to Christians, these questions were rooted in ancient ideas about the effects of words and images on the body, as much as on the soul
Stefan received his B.A in Classics from the University of Colorado in 2008, and his M.A. in History and Classics from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011. He has received numerous awards for his work, including Marco’s Jimmy and Dee Haslam Dissertation Fellowship for the academic year 2015-16 and the Claude Robertson Award for Outstanding Student in European History for the academic year 2013-2014. In addition to his research on Late Antiquity, Stefan is also an active member of the Marco community as an instructor of intensive summer Latin courses.