Professor Kate Cooper is Head of History at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she moved in 2017, having taught at the University of Manchester since 1995, most recently as Professor of Ancient History. Kate’s writing and teaching explore the world of the Mediterranean in the Roman period, with a special interest in daily life and the family, religion, gender and social identity, and the inter-connected problems of martyrdom, resistance movements, and religious violence. The New Statesman has called her Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women (Atlantic Books) ‘the best kind of popular history.’ Previous titles include The Virgin and the Bride (Harvard) and The Fall of the Roman Household (Cambridge). One of her current areas of interest is the interface between fiction and history, a topic she will explore in her talk in relation to Saint Augustine’s Confessions, one of the masterpieces of early Christian literature.
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