• Bronwen Neil
  • fellow
  • Professor Bronwen Neil FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2012
  • Section: History / Classical Studies / Religion
  • https://www.bronwenneil.com

  • Biography:
  • Bronwen Neil is Professor of Ancient History at Macquarie University, and director of the Macquarie University Research Centre for Ancient Cultural Heritage and Environment (CACHE). She is a council member of the Australian Academy of Humanities, treasurer of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies, and former Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung.

    Her research interests include dreams and their interpretation in the ancient world, Byzantine Greek and medieval literature, early medieval church politics, and ancient letter collections in Greek and Latin. She has published widely on east-west relations in Late Antiquity, with studies of key figures including Pope Leo, Gelasius I, Maximus the Confessor, Pope Martin I, and Anastasius Bibliothecarius. She held an Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2001-05, and since then has worked on three ARC Discovery Projects, two as lead investigator. The current project is 'Memories of Utopia: Destroying the Past to Create the Future (300-650 CE)' (2017-19). Bronwen concurrently holds an ARC Future Fellowship for her Discovery Project 'Dreams, Prophecy and Violence from Early Christianity to the Rise of Islam' (2014-18). She is co-editor of the Brill A Companion to Gregory the Great and The Oxford Handbook to Maximus the Confessor.

    Bronwen is immediate past president of the Australian Association for Byzantine Studies.

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