School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Victoria Hughes

Victoria Hughes

The culture and political world of the fourth century AD: Julian, paideia and education

Year started

2013

Project outline

‌My PhD research looks at the political influence of paideia and education during the rule of the emperor Julian in the mid-fourth century AD. It looks at how paideia and the education system impacted not only Julian’s ruling style but also the expectations the empire had of the emperor. It also examines the influence of this on the relationships between emperor and elites, Christians and pagans, and to what extent paideia and education contributed to the creation of an elite identity. 

Victoria Hughes PG

Academic qualifications

  • BA with First Class Honours in Ancient History with History (Newcastle University, 2008-2011)
  • MA with Distinction in Ancient History (Newcastle University, 2011-2012)

Conference papers

  • '"What an evil the Roman world is breeding!" Responses to the Emperor Julian’s reign' (paper) Edinburgh Conference on Late Antiquity, Edinburgh University (April 2016)
  • 'Julian’s public image: from Athens to Antioch, Caesar to Augustus' (paper) AMPAH, Newcastle University (March 2016)
  • '"What an evil the Roman world is breeding!" Responses to the Emperor Julian’s reign' (paper) PG Research Conference, Newcastle University (May 2015),
  • 'Christ or Plato? The Christian debate surrounding pagan literature' (paper) AMPAH, Durham University (March 2015)
  • 'Julian’s Misopogon, or The Beard-Hater' (poster) PG Research Conference, Newcastle University (2014)

Funding awards

  • HaSS Scholarship for Excellence (2011-12)
  • AHRC Studentship (2013-2016)

Other roles

Teaching Assistant on CAH2007/2207 and CAH1013 (Semester 2 of 2016/17)