Peter Van Nuffelen

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Peter Van Nuffelen

Research interests

  • Ancient historiography and history of religion
  • Late Antiquity

Peter Van Nuffelen became research professor in Ancient History at Ghent University after a career in the U.K. (Exeter). He has published widely on the religious history and historiographic literature of Late Antiquity. These publications include a 2004 monograph on Socrates and Sozomen (Peeters), a 2011 one on philosophical views of religion in the Roman empire (Cambridge UP), and one on Orosius (Oxford UP, 2012). Several edited volumes have been published and are forthcoming, including One God. Pagan Monotheism in the Roman Empire (Cambridge UP, 2010). He currently runs two research projects on late ancient historiography and has just finished a collaborative project on episcopal elections in Late Antiquity (with J. Leemans and B. Dehandschutter, Leuven). Having obtained visiting fellowships in Cincinnati, Oxford, Angers, Geneva, and Göttingen, he is the 2011 Laureate of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, in the Class of the Humanities.

Research groups, institutes and projects


  • UGent-bibliography
  • Un héritage de paix et de piété. Étude sur les Histoires ecclésiastiques de Socrate et de Sozomène (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 142), Peeters, Leuven – Parijs – Dudley (Ma.), 2004, LXXX + 580 pp. 
  • Rethinking the Gods. Philosophical Readings of Religion in the Post-Hellenistic Period, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2011. 
  • Orosius and the Rhetoric of History, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2012.