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Bronwen Neil is Professor of Ancient History at Macquarie, and member of the Macquarie University Ancient Cultures Research Centre. She studied Linguistics, Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland (1987-1991), before undertaking a Master of Arts in Theological Research at Durham University, UK (1997/1998) and completing her PhD at Australian Catholic University in 1999. Subsequently, she joined the Centre for Early Christian Studies there (2000-2015), serving as Associate Director (2014-2015). From 2001-2005 she held an ARC Postgraduate Research Fellowship, while teaching in the School of Theology at ACU. In 2010 she was appointed the inaugural holder of the Burke Senior Lectureship in Ecclesiastical Latin, and in 2015 was promoted to Associate Professor. She was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship (2014-2018) and joined Macquarie University as Professor of Ancient History in 2017.

Education/Academic qualification

Medieval Latin, PhD, Australian Catholic University


Theological Studies, Masters of Arts, University of Durham


Classics, Bachelor of Arts Honours, The University of Queensland


External positions

Editorial board, Journal of Late Antiquity

2019 → …

Council, Australian Academy of the Humanities


Series editor, Byzantina Australiensia, E.J. Brill

2017 → …

Research Associate, University of South Africa


Editorial board, Vigiliae Christianae, E.J. Brill

2016 → …

Editorial board, Scrinium, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

2015 → …

Subject editor, Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, E.J. Brill

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Projects 2009 2019

Memories of Utopia: Destroying the Past to Create the Future (300-650 CE)

Neil, B., Mayer, W., Allen, P. & De Wet, C.

26/06/17 → …

Project: Research

Appointments and Schedules

Ancient Cultures Research Centre (MQACRC)

Neil, B., Choat, M., Behlmer-Loprieno, H., Chan, S., Kanawati, N., Evans, T., Evans, L., Gillett, A., Gore, D., McKechnie, P., Kohler, C., Mikkelsen, G., Ockinga, B., Parry, K. & Sheedy, K.

1/01/09 → …

Project: Research

Research Outputs 1998 2020

Memories of Utopia: the revision of texts and landscapes in Late Antiquity

Neil, B. (ed.) & Simic, K. (ed.), 2020, (Accepted/In press) Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. 352 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book/AnthologyResearchpeer-review

Late Antiquity
Religious Identity
Conceptual Framework

Merovingian Letters and Letter-Writers

Neil, B. & Rosbrook, C., 2020, In : Journal of Medieval Latin.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition reviewResearchpeer-review

Dreams, virtue and divine knowledge in Early Christian Egypt

Neil, B., Costache, D. & Wagner, K., 2019, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (CUP). 350 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Medieval Period

Gelasius I

Neil, B., 2019, Great Christian jurists and legal collections in the first millennium. Reynolds, P. L. (ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (CUP), p. 297-314 18 p. (Law and Christianity).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Civil Law
Medieval Period


Neil, B., 2019, The Oxford handbook of early Christian Biblical interpretation. Blowers, P. M. & Martens, P. W. (eds.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, p. 304-314 11 p. (Oxford Handbooks).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

John the Baptist


University Medal

Bronwen Neil (Recipient), 1992


Activities 2011 2019

Journal of late antiquity (Journal)

Bronwen Neil (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group (Publisher)

Bronwen Neil (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Pan Macmillan (Publisher)

Bronwen Neil (Reviewer)
2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Sehepunkt: rezensionsjournal für geschichtswissenschaften (Journal)

Bronwen Neil (Reviewer)
2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Brill (Publisher)

Bronwen Neil (Reviewer)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work