From the publisher:
Modern disciplinary silos tend to separate the fields of classical philology and theology. This collection of essays, however, explores for the first time the deep and significant interactions between them. It demonstrates how from antiquity to the present they have marched hand in hand, informing each other with method, views of the past and structures of argument. The volume rewrites the history of discipline formation, and reveals how close the seminar is to the seminary.
In addition to co-editing the volume, Conybeare and Goldhill co-wrote the volume's introductory chapter, “Philology’s Shadow”; Conybeare also contributed an essay, “Virgil, Creator of the World.”
“This is a project very close to our hearts,” says Conybeare. “We had discovered how frustrated we both were that classics and theology tended to ignore each other, despite the fact that they are deeply interdependent. So we assembled a fantastic team of scholars—from Oxford, Cambridge, Berkeley, Yale, Toronto, and UBC—to explore their relationship. And after a couple of conference panels and a workshop in Cambridge, this is the result.”
Conybeare was named a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. At the same time, she was awarded a fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies. The Fellowships supported her work on a book entitled Augustine the African. In addition, she was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford’s All Souls College for the University’s 2019-2020 fall and spring terms. She has written four monographs, including "The Irrational Augustine" (2006) and "The Laughter of Sarah" (2013), and more than 60 articles and reviews on such topics as aurality, touch, violence, and the self.