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Scott Fitzgerald Johnson (sj348@georgetown.edu)

Research Interests

  • Multilingualism in the Christian East

  • Travel, Pilgrimage, Cartography

  • Syriac Language and Literature

  • Coptic Language and Literature

  • Medieval Encyclopedism / Intellectual History

Degrees

  • 2005: D.Phil. in Classics, University of Oxford

  • 2001: M.Phil. in Classics, University of Oxford

  • 1999: B.A. in Classics, Vanderbilt University (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

Teaching Appointments and Research Fellowships

  • 2011 – present: Dumbarton Oaks Teaching Fellow in Byzantine Greek, Georgetown University

  • 2010 – 2011: Kluge Fellow, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 

  • 2009 – 2010: Dumbarton Oaks Fellow in Byzantine Studies, Washington, D.C. 

  • 2007 – 2011: Assistant Professor of Classics, Washington and Lee University

  • 2006 – 2007: Visiting Lecturer in Classics, Harvard University

  • 2004 – 2007: Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, Cambridge, Mass. 

Other Appointments and Positions

Grants and Awards

  • 2009: Lenfest Grant for Research, Washington and Lee University

  • 2008: Glenn Grant for Research, Washington and Lee University

  • 2006 – 2007:  William F. Milton Fund research grant, Harvard University

  • 1999 – 2000: Mellon Fellowship for Graduate Study

Books Published

Miracle Tales From Byzantium 

Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library 12

Translator with Alice-Mary Talbot 

Harvard University Press, 2012

Reviews:  Journal of Religious History (pdf), Speculum (pdf)

Jacob of Sarug’s Homily on the Sinful Woman

Texts from Christian Late Antiquity 33

Translator, with introduction and appendix

Gorgias Press, 2013

Books in Progress

Articles

  • "One Creation, Many Identities: Universal Historiography in Greek and Syriac, 9th to 12th Centuries." In Historiographies of Identity Volume 4: Historiography and Identity Towards the End of the First Millennium – A Comparative Perspective, ed. Helmut Reimitz and Rutger Kramer (Forthcoming).

  • "Eastern Christian Historiography: Convergence to Multiplicity in Literary History." In Historiographies of Identity Volume 2: Post-Roman Multiplicity and New Political Identities, ed. Helmut Reimitz and Gerda Heydemann (Forthcoming).

  • "Lists, Originality, and Christian Time: Eusebius' Historiography of Succession." In Historiographies of Identity Volume 1: Historiographies as Reflection about Community: Ancient and Christian Models, ed. Walter Pohl and Veronika Wieser (Forthcoming).

  • "The Westwardness of Things: Literary Geography and the Church of the East." In Proceedings of the 4th Salzburg International Conference on the Church of the East in China and Central Asia, ed. Li Tang and Dietmar Winkler (Forthcoming).

  • “Real and Imagined Geography”. In The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Attila, ed. Michael Maas (Forthcoming).

  • “The Paraphrastic Technique of Nonnus”. In Brill’s Companion to Nonnus of Panopolis, ed. Domenico Accorinti (Forthcoming).

  • "Christian Biography". In the Oxford Handbook of Ancient Biography, ed. Koen De Temmerman (Forthcoming). 

  • “Christian Apocrypha”. In The Oxford Handbook of the Second Sophistic, ed. William Johnson and Daniel Richter (Forthcoming).

  • “Travel, Cartography, and Cosmology”. In The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity, 562–594. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. (pdf)

  • "Preface: On the Uniqueness of Late Antiquity". In The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity, xi–xxix. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. (pdf)

  • “Apostolic Geography: The Origins and Continuity of a Hagiographic Habit”. Dumbarton Oaks Papers 64 (2010) 5–25. (pdf)

  • “Reviving the Memory of the Apostles: Apocryphal Tradition and Travel Literature in Late Antiquity.” In Revival and Resurgence in Christian History, ed. Kate Cooper and Jeremy Gregory, 1–26. Studies in Church History 44. Woodbridge: Ecclesiastical History Society and Boydell Press, 2008. (pdf)

  • “Apocrypha and the Literary Past in Late Antiquity.” In From Rome to Constantinople: Studies in Honour of Averil Cameron, ed. Hagit Amirav and Bas ter Haar Romeny, 47–66. Leuven: Peeters, 2007. (pdf)

  • “Classical Sources for Early Christian Miracle Collections: The Case of the Fifth-Century Life and Miracles of Thecla.” Studia Patristica 39 (2006) 399–407. (Revised as Chapter 4 of The Life and Miracles of Thekla, A Literary Study; see above)

  • “Late Antique Narrative Fiction: Apocryphal Acta and the Greek Novel in the Fifth-Century Life and Miracles of Thekla.” In Greek Literature in Late Antiquity (Aldershot, 2006) 189–207. (pdf)

  • “The Sinful Woman: A memra by Jacob of Serugh.” In Sobornost/Eastern Churches Review 24.1 (2002) 58–90. (pdf)

Reviews

  • Review of Anthony Grafton and Megan Williams, Christianity and the Transformation of the Book (Cambridge, MA., 2006), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2007.06.41. (BMCR link)

  • Review of Bernadette Simon, Nonnos de Panopolis: Les Dionysiaques, Tome XVI, Chants XLIV–XLVI (Paris, 2004) in Classical Review 56.1 (2006) 86–87. (pdf)

  • Review of Gianfranco Agosti, Nonno di Panopoli: Parafrasi del Vangelo di San Giovanni, Canto Quinto (Florence, 2003) in Classical Review 55.2 (2005) 474–476. (pdf)

  • Review of Tomas Hägg and Philip Rousseau, Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity (California, 2000) in Journal of Roman Studies 94 (2004) 274–275. (pdf)

  • Review of Stephen Davis, The Cult of Saint Thecla (Oxford, 2001), in Heythrop Journal 45 (2004) 80–82. (pdf)

  • Review of Liz James, Empresses and Power in Early Byzantium (London, 2001), in Classical Review 53 (2003) 186–187. (pdf)

  • Review of Patricia Cox Miller, The Poetry of Thought in Late Antiquity (Aldershot, 2001), in Heythrop Journal 44 (2003) 506–508. (pdf)

  • Review of Judith Herrin, Women in Purple: Rulers of Medieval Byzantium (London, 2001), in Journal of Hellenic Studies 122 (2002) 204–205. (pdf)

Invited Lectures

  • "One Creation, Many Identities: Universal Historiography in Greek and Syriac, 9th to 12th Centuries," Vienna-Princeton Collaborative Research Program (VISCOM), "Historiographies of Identity 3: Historiography and Identity towards the End of the First Millennium, A Comparative Perspective," Die Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW), Vienna (December 2013)

  • "Eastern Christian Historiography: Convergence to Multiplicity in Literary History," Vienna-Princeton Collaborative Research Program (VISCOM), "Historiographies of Identity 2: From Post-Roman Multiplicity to Carolingian Convergence," Die Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW), Vienna (June 2013)

  • "The Westwardness of Things: Literary Geography and the Church of the East," 4th Salzburg International Conference on the Church of the East in China and Central Asia, Salzburg (June 2013)

  • "Lists, Originality, and Christian Time: Eusebius' Historiography of Succession, " Vienna-Princeton Collaborative Research Program (VISCOM), "Historiographies of Identity 1: Historiographies as Reflection about Community, Ancient and Christian Models," Princeton University (May 2013); longer version delivered at the Center for the Study of Early Christianity, Catholic University of America (October, 2013)

  • “Roman Power, Christian Scripture: Greek Multilingual Identity in the Late Antique East,” Procope Costas Distinguished Lecture, Classics Department, Brooklyn College (May 2013) 

  • “Real and Imagined Geography in the Long Fifth Century,"  Center for the Study of Early Christianity, Catholic University of America (February, 2013)

  • “Two Dreams from the Miracles of Thekla,” Byzantine Dream Workshop, Dumbarton Oaks (November, 2012)

  • “Byzantine Balkans” and “Byzantine Bulgaria”, Foreign Service Institute (FSI), South and Central Europe regions (September, 2012)

  • “A Greek-Syriac Roman Empire? Language Use in the Late Antique and Early Byzantine Levant,” Classics Department, University of Pennsylvania (March, 2012)

  • “A Greek-Syriac Roman Empire? Language Use in the Late Antique and Early Byzantine Levant,” Center for the Study of Early Christianity, Catholic University of America (February, 2012)

  • “The Byzantine Balkans,” Foreign Service Institute (FSI), South and Central Europe region (September, 2011)

  • Locus amoenus / Loca sancta: Regional and Universal Structures in the Fifth-Century Miracles of Thekla,” Center for the Study of Early Christianity, Catholic University of America (April, 2011)

  • “The Legacy of Greek in Eastern Christianity: Cities, Schools, and Decline”, for the colloquium “New Directions in the Study of The Christian Near East”, Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages, Catholic University of America (March, 2011)

  • “Geography and Empire: The Order of the Kosmos in Byzantium,” Center for the Study of Early Christianity, Catholic University of America (December, 2010)

  • “Geography and Empire: The Order of the Kosmos in Byzantium,” Society for the Promotion of the Greek Heritage, Embassy of Greece, Washington, DC (November, 2010)

  • “The Artistry of Accumulation in Late Antique Geography and Cosmology,” Rice University (January, 2010)

  • “Apostolic Geography: The Origins and Continuity of a Hagiographical Habit”, for the colloquium, “Landscapes of the Saints: Hagiography and Land in the Near East and Europe, ca. 400–900”, History Department, Princeton University (March, 2008)

  • “East and Further East: Syriac Christianity at the End of the Ancient World,” Martin Weiner Distinguished Lecture, Brandeis University (October, 2006)

  • “Wandering with the Apostles: Apocryphal Tradition and Travel Literature in Late Antiquity,” Ecclesiastical History Society Annual Meeting, Cardiff (July, 2006)

Other Lectures

  • “Ninth-Century Greek in the Byzantine Orient: Literary History int he Absence of Texts,” Dumbarton Oaks Informal Talk (March 2013)

  • “Manuscripts and Historical Assumptions: The Varied Fabric of Literary Remains among Eastern Christians," Society of Biblical Literature annual conference, in the program unit “Manuscripts from Eastern Christian Traditions”, Chicago (November, 2012)

  • “Greek-Syriac-Coptic: Sites of Trilingual Interaction in Early Byzantine Egypt,” Byzantine Studies Conference, Boston (November, 2012)

  • “The Liber Castitatis of Isho‘denah of Basra: Geography and Travel in Late Antique Collective Hagiography,” Syriac Symposium 2012, University of Malta, Valetta (July, 2012)

  • “From Ptolemy to Pilgrimage: Images of Late Antiquity in Geography, Travel, and Cartography,” Kluge Center Public Lecture, Library of Congress (June, 2011); Youtube video here.

  • “The True Cross in Late Antique and Byzantine Literature”, Dumbarton Oaks Teaching Fellows’ Day “Cross Talks”, Dumbarton Oaks (March 2011)

  • “Between Paganism and Christianity,” Dumbarton Oaks Teaching Fellows’ Day “Pagans, Christians and Muslims: Mediterranean Transitions in the Early Medieval World” (March, 2012)

  • “Pilgrimage and Archive in Pausanias and Egeria,” Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity VIII, Indiana University (April, 2009)

  • “Pilgrimage as Hagiography: From Pausanias to Egeria,” Society of Biblical Literature annual conference, Corpus Hellenisticum Novi Testamenti group, Boston (November, 2008)

  • “John Bainbridge, Savilian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford: Greek, Syriac, and Arabic texts Post-Copernicus,” History of Science Society, on the panel, “Envisioning New Science, Turning Back in Time: The Role of Near-Eastern Sources in Early-Modern Practices of Science”, Minneapolis (November, 2005)

  • “Hagiography Killed the Novel? A Case Study on the Fifth-Century Life and Miracles of Thecla,” Society of Biblical Literature annual conference, Ancient Fiction group, Atlanta (November, 2003)

  • “Hagiography Killed the Novel? A Case Study on the Fifth-Century Life and Miracles of Thecla,” Oxford Byzantine Seminar, St John’s College (November, 2003)

  • “Classical Sources for Early Christian Miracle Collections,” Fourteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford (August, 2003)

  • “Cult and Competition: Textual Appropriation in the Fifth-Century Life and Miracles of Thecla,” Byzantine Studies Conference, The Ohio State University (October, 2002)

  • “Athanasius and the Rhetoric of Exile in Late Antiquity,” International Medieval Congress, Leeds (July, 2002)

  • “The Remains of Church Buildings at Isaurian Seleucia,” Byzantine Archaeology Seminar, Oxford University (May, 2001)

Encyclopedia Entries

  • Entries on “Diatessaron” (pdf), “Divination, Jewish” (pdf), “Ephemerides, historical” (pdf), and “Tatian” (pdf) in the Encyclopedia of Ancient History, ed. Roger Bagnall et al. (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

  • Entry on “Egeria” (pdf) in The Virgil Encyclopedia, ed. Richard Thomas and Jan Ziolkowski (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

Peer Reviewer for

  • Cambridge University Press

  • Harvard University Press

  • Oxford University Press

  • Ashgate Press

  • Dumbarton Oaks Papers

  • Journal of Early Christian Studies 

  • Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies

Committee Member for Ph.D. Dissertations

  • Vince Bantu, Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures, CUA; “Egyptian Ethnic Identity Formation in Anti-Chalcedonian Coptic Literature” (in progress)

  • Yuliya Minets, Program in Early Christian Studies, CUA; “The Narrative and Rhetorical Representations of Cross-Linguistic Interaction in Christian Texts of Late Antiquity” (in progress)

Courses Taught

  • Procopius and Justinian, in translation (Spring 2014, Georgetown)

  • Readings in Syriac (Spring 2014, Georgetown)

  • Maps and the Mediterranean, 1500 BC to AD 1500, in translation (Fall 2013, Georgetown)

  • Introductory Syriac (Fall 2013, Georgetown)

  • Christian Greek in the Roman Empire (Spring 2013, Georgetown) 

  • Byzantine Renaissances, in translation (Fall 2012, Georgetown)

  • The Greek Novel: Ancient, Byzantine, Modern, in translation (Spring 2012, Georgetown) 

  • Byzantine Literature Survey, in translation (Fall 2011, Georgetown)

  • Medieval Latin Survey (Spring 2011, Georgetown)

  • Graduate Seminar in Byzantine History (Fall 2010, CUA)

  • The Hellenic Tradition: Study Abroad to Greece and Istanbul, in translation (Spring 2009, W&L)

  • Aristophanes, Frogs (Winter 2009, W&L)

  • Introductory Greek, Hansen and Quinn (2007–08, 2008–09, W&L)

  • Medieval Latin Survey (Fall 2008, W&L)

  • The World of Late Antiquity: Constantine to Muhammad, in translation (Spring 2008, W&L)

  • Longus, Daphnis and Chloe (Winter 2008, W&L)

  • Augustine, Confessions (Fall 2007, W&L)

  • Plato, Ion (Fall 2007, Fall 2008, W&L)

  • Late Antique and Medieval Latin Poetry (Spring 2007, Harvard)

  • Biography in the Classical Tradition, in translation (Spring 2007, Harvard)

  • Aristophanes, Clouds (Fall 2006, Harvard)

  • Greek Prose Composition (Fall 2006, Harvard)

(last updated: 9 March, 2014)