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Name: Carl Dixon

PhD: History

Thesis Title: The anti-Manichaean context of Petrus Siculus' History of the Paulicians

 

Thesis Description:

Despite the fact that it survives in only a single manuscript, Peter of Sicily's History of the Paulicians has formed the centerpiece for scholarship concerning the history and doctrine of the Paulician movement. For my thesis, I will investigate this work and several closely related texts to investigate whether the 'Manichaean' (ie. dualist) identification of these texts can be substantiated, concentrating specifically on literary topoi and polemical references taken from classical anti-Manichaean works. In addition, I will investigate the original Paulician source which is hypothesised as underpinning the History of the Paulicians, to examine what implications this material has for our understanding of the Paulicians.

 

Supervisors and Institution(s):

Dr. Mary Cunningham (University of Nottingham, Theology)

Dr. Claire Taylor (University of Nottingham, History)

 

Publications:

  • N/A

 

Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

  • 'Just ‘an erudite and a snob’?: Orthodoxy in the foreign correspondence of the Patriarch Photios'

    Paper given at the Annual IMR Postgraduate Conference 2014 (University of Nottingham)


  • 'From Armenia to Bulgaria?: The transmission of heterodoxy in Peter of Sicily’s History of the Paulicians'

    Paper given at the University of Birmingham Centre for Byzantine Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies Postgraduate Colloquium 2015 & the 2015 International Medieval Congress.

  • An unorthodox orthodoxy?: The case of an iconoclast tract against the Paulicians

    Paper given at the University of Birmingham Centre for Byzantine Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies Postgraduate Colloquium 2016.
  • Innovation, intrigue and intertextuality: the Paulicians and Byzantine heresiology

    Paper given at the 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies.

 


2015-Present: Postgraduate Blogger for Historians on Teaching: http://www.historiansonteaching.tv/postgrad-blog/

 

Other Research Interests:

  • Byzantine foreign relations
  • Armenia, Sasanian Iran, Early Islam
  • Late Antique & Medieval Heresiology, Religious Dissent & Conciliar Disputes
  • Greek Historiography

 

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