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​Dr. Arthur P. Urbano, Jr.

(Ph.D. Brown University, 2005). He teaches and publishes in the area of Early Christianity and Patristics.His research interests focus on the Christian reception and transformation of classical culture in late antiquity, particularly in the areas of philosophy, literature, and art. 


In his first book project, The Philosophical Life: Biography and the Struggle for Philosophy in Late Antiquity (forthcoming with Catholic University of America Press), he examines the role of biographical literature in the philosophical debates between ancient Christian thinkers and Neoplatonist philosophers, and its impact on education in antiquity.  He is currently studying the presence of philosophic and pedagogic imagery in early Christian art, particularly in the way that Jesus Christ and the saints were depicted in the style of the ancient philosopher. 

Dr. Urbano’s publications include:

  • “‘Read It Also to the Gentiles’: The Displacement and Recasting of the Philosopher in the Vita Antonii,” Church History 77 (2008).
  • “Donation, Dedication and Damnatio Memoriae: The Catholic Reconciliation and the Church of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna," The Journal of Early Christian Studies, 13:1 (2005).
  • “Dressing the Christian: The Philosopher’s Mantle as Signifier of Pedagogical and Moral Authority” (In process, Studia Patristica, Peeters Publishers).
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