Dr Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe

College Lectureship



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Dr Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe is a University Lecturer in Patristics in the Divinity Faculty, and a Fellow in Theology at Peterhouse. As well as teaching papers in the Divinity Faculty, she also supervises History and Classics papers.

Dr Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe


Dr Lunn-Rockliffe read History at St Hugh’s College, Oxford (1995-8), before coming to Cambridge for an MPhil in Political Thought (1999), and a PhD in Late Antique History (2004). In 2002 she came to Peterhouse as a Research Fellow, and went on to take up a College Lectureship and Fellowship in History at Peterhouse (2004-6). From 2006-16 she taught Roman History in the Classics Department at King’s College London as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, before returning to Cambridge and Peterhouse in 2016. She has also held visiting fellowships at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University (2006), and at the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University (2012).


Research interests


Dr Lunn-Rockliffe’s research interests revolve around the history of late antiquity, with particular interests in early Christianity and the history of ideas, both in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean and further afield, especially in the Syriac-speaking world. Her PhD was on the political theology of Ambrosiaster, an anonymous Christian writer of the later fourth century. Her current major project is on late ancient ideas of the devil and demons, concentrating on notions of diabolical agency. She also has long-standing interests in topics such as panegyric, biblical exegesis, liturgy, and magic.