Christianity and Classics

Currently I’m in the midst of getting all of my applications together for grad school next year. I’ve gone back and forth on a particular issue and so I wanted to ask the Biblioblogger community their thoughts.

If my interests are in Christianity in the Late Antique, why shouldn’t I apply to Classics programs? Why isn’t Christianity studied as another religion among many in the Roman empire?

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  1. Doesn’t it really depend on the school and their programs? Many Classics departments do not really extend their studies into Late Antiquity to begin with, which makes it a hard place to get expertise and supervision in late antique Christianity anyway. Apart from those thoughts, a Classics program might indeed be the place to be, it will certainly give a different angle to your academic formation.

  2. Benji Overcash

    By all means. My focus is primarily in NT, and I applied to several classics programs. I’ve had several NT profs who did graduate degrees in Classics before going on to the PhD as well. Ultimately, though, I settled on studying in the Ancient History department at Macquarie Uni, which comprises faculties in Classics, Egyptology, biblical studies, early Christianity and Judaism, archaeology, etc. A broader ‘ancient history’ program might suit your needs better, but I think you’re quite right that early Christianity ought to be studied as a phenomenon which arose within a particular time and place and among particular circumstances in history.

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