Specialty: Late Antiquity/Early Middle Ages
Daniel Schwartz joined the faculty in 2010 after receiving his PhD in History from Princeton University in 2009 and then completing a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Oxford. His first book, Paideia and Cult: Christian Initiation in Theodore of Mopsuestia (Harvard University Press, 2013), examines catechesis, a process of education required prior to baptism, as an essential aspect of the complex process of Christianizing the later Roman Empire. It explores the ways in which the sermons of Theodore of Mopsuestia highlight the communal, cultic, and educational factors involved in the spread of Christianity. He is also editor, with Neil McLynn and Arietta Papaconstantinou, of the forthcoming volume Conversion in Late Antiquity: Christianity, Islam, and Beyond (Ashgate, 2015). In his current work, Schwartz is the Director of Syriaca.org and General Editor of SPEAR (Syriac Persons, Events, and Relations). This prosopographical project is a linked-open database encoded in TEI, an XML markup language. The forthcoming digital publication will provide new data about people in Syriac texts: their names, dates, important events, possessions, ethnic identity, language, education, people to whom they wrote letters, religion, vocation, etc. Schwartz is also working on a new monograph project on crowds that seeks to consider the interaction between elite and common Romans through the study of mass movements in their political, religious, and social context.