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Despina Iosif

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Despina Iosif holds a PhD in Ancient History from the University College London (2004). Her main research interests are violence and the body in the Graeco-Roman world, Galen, Libanius, Roman prisons, the emergence of Christianity in late antiquity, and paradoxographic writing in antiquity. Iosif teaches as the Hellenic Open University and at College Year in Athens. She has also taught at UCL, Democritus University of Thrace, and the University of Crete. Transmitting her historical passion for the ancient world to her students is of the utmost importance to her.

She is the author of many books including Early Christian Attitudes to War, Violence and Military Service (Gorgias Press, 2013) and many articles including ‘Religious Violence’ in Augustine in Context, Tarmo TOOM, (ed.), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2017, p. 195-202. She is also member of the editorial board of the scholarly ejournal on late antiquity PostAugustum.

Shut up, woman!

Shut up, woman!

The Apocryphal Acts of Paul and Thecla and their impact

The Apocryphal Acts of Paul and Thecla is a fascinating read that enjoyed wide popularity for centuries. It presented Thecla as a powerful figure who overshadows Paul. Thecla made an unexpected decision which meant that through Christianity she was actually liberated from the concerns of the body and from the dominion of a future marriage.

Written by Despina Iosif