Samuel Cohen

Assistant Professor

Samuel Cohen
Stevenson 2070C
Office Hours
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

PhD, University of Toronto


Ancient and Medieval History


Dr. Samuel Cohen is a historian of late antique and early medieval history, focusing on late and post-Roman Italy and the Mediterranean world. His research interests include religious controversy and the Church of Rome, episcopal authority, the rhetoric of heresy, migration between North Africa and Italy, the religious topography of late antique Rome, and exile in Late Antiquity. He has published articles and book chapters on the papal biographies known as the Liber Pontificalis and its relationship to the construction of episcopal authority, religious diversity in Ostrogothic Italy, Roman martyrial cemeteries, church rededication, African migration to Rome, and the language of Roman polemical literature. He is currently working on a monograph about the rhetoric of heresy and the authority of Roman bishops in the fifth and sixth centuries. Samuel is also a 2019 Summer Research Fellow at the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Kollegforschergruppe Migration und Mobilität in Spätantike at the Universität Tübingen.

Dr. Cohen has taught courses on a variety of subjects including Late Antiquity, the Roman Republic and Empire, Roman social history, early Christianity, histories of violence in the ancient and medieval worlds, the ‘fall of Rome,’ and tolerance and intolerance.

Selected Publications & Presentations

“You have made common cause with the Persecutors”: The Language of Persecution and the Acacian Schism." In Heirs of Roman Persecution: Studies on a Christian and para-Christian Discourse in Late Antiquity, edited by Éric Fournier: Routledge, 2019 [forthcoming].

“The non-funerary use of Cemetery Space in Late Antique Rome.” In Burial and Memorial in Late Antiquity. Late Antique Archaeology 13, Brill (2019, forthcoming).

“The Cemetery as a Space of Exile in Late Antique Rome.” In Forced Migration in Late Antiquity: Early Christianity in the Context of Antiquity, edited by Julia Hilner, Jörg Ulrich, and Jakob Engberg. Peter Lang, 2018.

“Religious Diversity." In A Companion to Ostrogothic Italy, edited by Michael Shane Bjornlie, Kristina Sessa and Jonathan J. Arnold. Brill, 2016.  

"Schism and the Polemic of Heresy: Manichaeism and the Representation of Papal Authority in the Liber Pontificalis." Journal of Late Antiquity 8, no. 1 (2015).