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Dr Isabella Sandwell

Senior Lecturer in Ancient History

Isabella Sandwell

Dr Isabella Sandwell

Senior Lecturer in Ancient History

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Dr Sandwell’s main research interest is the religious history of the Roman period, particularly explanations for religious change and understanding religious interaction between Christians and non-Christians in late antiquity. She is currently exploring how cognitive science, and particularly cognitive poetics and the cognitive science of religion (CSR), can help us understand questions about the communication and dissemination of Christian ideas in late antiquity.  This includes an article exploring the application of communication theory and CSR to John Chrysostom's preaching and a monograph applying conceptual metaphor theory and CSR models of the transmission of religious ideas to Gregory of Nyssa's attempts to communicate Nicaean doctrine of the relationship between the Father and the Son, which are both forthcoming. In 2007 she published Religious Identity in Late Antiquity: Greeks, Jews and Christians in Antioch which used the work of Pierre Bourdieu and the writings of Libanius and John Chrysostom to develop a new model for understanding religious interaction in late antiquity. Her other published works include: (ed. with William John Lyons) Delivering the Word: Preaching and Exegesis in the Western Christian Tradition, (ed. with Janet Huskinson) Culture and Society in Later Roman Antioch, and numerous articles on fourth-century preaching and the late antique religious situation more broadly.

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