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Dr Victoria Hughes

Dr Victoria Hughes

Project title

The Culture and Political World of the Fourth Century AD: Julian, Paideia and Education

Supervisors

Victoria Hughes

Project description

Paideia consisted of rearing an ideal member of the city or state. My PhD research looks at the political influence of paideia and education during the rule of the emperor Julian in the mid-4th century AD. It looks at the impact of paideia and the education system on Julian’s ruling style. It also explores the expectations the empire had of the emperor.

I examine the influence of this on the relationships between emperor and elites, Christians and pagans. I look at the extent to which paideia and education contributed to the creation of an elite identity. 

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)

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)