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Edward Mason
Ph.D. Candidate

Research Interests:

  • Late Antiquity
  • Roman Empire
  • Ecclesiastical politics
  • Rhetoric and ceremony


Fall 2018 Office Hours: TBA


B.A., University of Kentucky (2007)
M.A., University of Kentucky (2013)
Advisor: Professor David Olster
Thesis: “More than an ‘Immoderate Superstition’: Race and Identity in Origen of Alexandria”

Ph.D., ABD, University of Kentucky
Advisor: Professor David Olster
Dissertation: “Our Endeavors to Obtain the Favor of God: Constantine, His Heirs, and the Creation of an Imperial Religion”


“Reconsidering the Role of Constantine at the Council of Nicaea, 325” In preparation.

“No one Can Doubt that the Father is Greater: Constantius II and the Blasphemia at Sirmium in 357,” Iosif Volotskii and Eastern Christianity: Essays Across Seventeen Centuries, David Goldfrank, Valeria Nollan, and Jennifer Spock (eds), New Academia Publishing, 2017.

“New Evidence for the 1889 ‘Hebron’ Hoard of Bar Kokhba Silver,” Israel Numismatic Research Vol. 9 2014: 163 - 173.

Conference Papers: 

  • “Constantine, Pontifex Maximus of the Christian Church?” Byzantine Studies Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 2018 (paper accepted).
  •  “Konstantinus Episkopos: Constantine as the ‘Bishop of Those Outside the Church,’” 12th Annual University of Maryland History Graduate Student Conference, College Park, MD, February 2017.
  • “The Blasphemia at Sirmium: Constantius II and the Legacy of Nicaea,”Byzantine Studies Conference, City University of New York, NY, October 2015.
  •  “Victory over the Enemy of the Church: The Empire, the Church, and the Council of Nicaea,” Byzantine Studies Conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C., November 2014.
  • “’No one can doubt that the Father is greater’: Constantius II and the Council of Sirmium, 357,” Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., March 2013.
  • “Stoicism, Pietas, and Ethnicity in Origen’s Contra Celsum,” Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, October, 2011.


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