Thesis Title: The anti-Manichaean context of Petrus Siculus' History of the Paulicians
Despite the fact that it survives in only a single manuscript, Peter of Sicily's History of the Paulicianshas 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.