Scott Fitzgerald Johnson (

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Research Interests

  • Multilingualism in the Christian East

  • Syriac Language and Literature

  • The Organization of Knowledge in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds


  • 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

  • 2018 – present: Joseph F. Paxton Presidential Professor, University of Oklahoma

  • 2017 – present: Associate Professor of Classics and Letters, University of Oklahoma

  • 2015 – 2017: Assistant Professor of Classics and Letters, University of Oklahoma

  • 2011 – 2015: Dumbarton Oaks Teaching Fellow in Byzantine Greek, Georgetown University

  • 2007 – 2009: Assistant Professor of Classics, Washington and Lee University

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

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

  • 2018–2019: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

  • 2016: Junior Faculty Fellowship, University of Oklahoma

  • 2011 – 2015: Dumbarton Oaks Teaching Fellowship

  • 2010 – 2011: Kluge Fellowship, Library of Congress

  • 2009 – 2010: Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship in Byzantine Studies

  • 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

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

  • 1999–2000: Mellon Fellowship for Graduate Study

Other Appointments and Positions



Languages and Cultures of Eastern Christianity: Greek


The Worlds of Eastern Christianity, 300–1500, Vol.  6

Ashgate, 2015

Reviews: Hugoye (Minets), Religious Studies Review (Yost), Speculum (Jeffreys)


Jacob of Sarug’s Homily on the Sinful Woman


Texts from Christian Late Antiquity, Vol. 33

Gorgias Press, 2013

Reviews: Hugoye (Forness)


Miracle Tales From Byzantium 

Translator with Alice-Mary Talbot

Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, Vol. 12

Harvard University Press, 2012

Reviews:  Journal of Religious History (Mayer), Speculum (Skedros)

Interview: Eastern Christian Books



  • “Lists, Originality, and Christian Time: Eusebius’ Historiography of Succession.” In Historiography and Identity 1: Ancient and Early Christian Narratives of Community, ed. Walter Pohl and Veronika Wieser, 191–217 (Brepols). (pdf)

  • “Greek.” In A Companion to Late Antique Literature, ed. Scott McGill and Edward Watts, 9–25 (Wiley-Blackwell). (pdf)

  • “The Languages of Christianity on the Silk Roads and the Transmission of Mediterranean Culture into Central Asia.” In Empires and Exchanges in Eurasian Late Antiquity: Rome, China, Iran, and the Steppe, ca. 250–750, ed. Nicola di Cosmo and Michael Maas, 206–219 (Cambridge University Press). (pdf)

  • “Biblical Historiography in Verse Exegesis: Jacob of Sarug on Elijah and Elisha.” In Literature, Rhetoric, and Exegesis in Syriac Verse, ed. J. Wickes and K. Heal = Studia Patristica 78.4 (2017) 99–106. (pdf)

  • “Christian Apocrypha.” In The Oxford Handbook of the Second Sophistic, ed. William Johnson and Daniel Richter, 669–686. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. (pdf)

  • “Silk Road Christians and the Translation of Culture in Tang China.” Studies in Church History 53 (2017) 15–38. (pdf)

  • “‘The Stone the Builders Rejected’: Liturgical and Exegetical Irrelevancies in the Piacenza Pilgrim.” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 70 (2016) 43–70. (pdf)

  • “Nonnus’ Paraphrastic Technique: A Case Study of Self-Recognition in John 9.” In Brill’s Companion to Nonnus of Panopolis, ed. Domenico Accorinti, 267–288. Leiden: Brill, 2016. (pdf)

  • “The Social Presence of Greek in Eastern Christianity, 200–1200 CE.” In Languages and Cultures of Eastern Christianity: Greek, 1–122. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015. (pdf)

  • “Real and Imagined Geography.” In The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Attila, ed. Michael Maas, 394–413. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. (pdf)

  • “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)

Forthcoming Articles

  • “Apostolic Patterns of Thought, From Early Christianity to Early Byzantium.” In The Holy Apostles, ed. Margaret Mullett and Robert Ousterhout (Dumbarton Oaks Symposia; Dumbarton Oaks & Harvard University Press).

  • “Christian Biography.” In The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Biography, ed. Koen den Temmerman (Oxford University Press).

  • “Convergence to Multiplicity in Byzantine Historiography: Literary Trends in Syriac and Greek, Ninth to Twelfth Centuries.” In Historiography and Identity 4: The Writing of History across Medieval Eurasia, ed. Walter Pohl and Daniel Mahoney (Brepols).

  • “Where is Syriac Pilgrimage Literature in Late Antiquity? Exploring the Absence of a Genre.” In Empire and After: Historiography and Space in Late Antiquity, ed. Peter Van Nuffelen (Cambridge University Press).


  • Review of Claude Nicolet, Space, Geography, and Politics in the Early Roman Empire (Ann Arbor, 2015), in The Classical Review, First View pp. 1–2. (pdf)

  • Review of Emily Albu, The Medieval Peutinger Map: Imperial Roman Revival in a German Empire (Cambridge, 2014), in Imago Mundi 68.2 (2016) 242–243. (pdf)

  • Review of J.F. Coakley, Robinson's Paradigms and Exercises in Syriac Grammar, Sixth Edition (Oxford, 2013), in Hugoye 18.2. (pdf)

  • 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. (pdf)

  • 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)

Encyclopedia and Dictionary 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, 2014).


(last updated: September 2019)