John Weisweiler

John Weisweiler (Ph.D. University of Cambridge, 2010) is Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Classics. His research explores the intersection between state formation and élite identity in Late Antiquity. His doctoral thesis, State Aristocracy: Resident Senators and Absent Emperors in Late-Antique Rome (c. 320-400), is an analysis of the ways in which the formation of the late-antique state reshaped the social, economic and cultural world in which Roman aristocrats lived. In his next project, funded by a Marie-Curie-Fellowship of the European Union, he looks more broadly at the ways in which the formation in Late Antiquity of new supra-regional institutions transformed the self-conceptions of élites in the Mediterranean World.


Department of Classics
1115 E. 58th St
Chicago, IL 60637


Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • 2010-2012: Marie-Curie-Fellowship at the University of Chicago
  • 2009/2010: Research Stipend by the Memoria-Romana-Project of the Max-Planck Institute
  • 2009/2010: Residence Award at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma
  • 2005-2009: Benefactors' Scholarship, St John's College, Cambridge
  • 2005-2009: Jebb Studentship
  • 2006/2007: DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) Scholarship at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg
  • 2005: Members' Classical Essay Prize, Faculty of Classics, Cambridge
  • 2004-2005: Kurt Hahn Fellowship


Articles and Contributions to Edited Volumes

  • (with Christoph Riedweg:) ‘Gute Freunde, schlechte Freunde: Nochmals zu Plaut. Bacch. 540-51’, Hermes 132.2 (2004): 141-51.
  • 'Christianity and War: Ammianus on Power and Religion in Constantius' Persian War', in: Andy Cain and Noel Lenski (edd.), Seventh Conference on Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity, Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot 2009: 383-396.
  • 'The Price of Integration: State and Élites in Symmachus' Correspondence', in: Peter Eich, Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner and Christian Wieland (edd.), Staatlichkeit und Staatswerdung in Spätantike und Früher Neuzeit, Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg 2011: 346-75.
  • 'Inscribing Imperial Power: Letters from Emperors in Late-Antique Rome', in: Ralf Behrwald und Christian Witschel (edd.), Historische Erinnerung im städtischen Raum: Rom in der Spätantike, Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart, forthcoming [submitted and accepted].


  • 'Recent Research on Late-Antique Rome', The Kyoto Journal of Ancient History 7 (2007): 37-46 (reviews of J. Curran, Pagan City and Christian Capital: Rome in the Fourth Century, Oxford 2000; M.R. Salzman, The Making of a Christian Aristocracy: Social and Religious Change in the Western Roman Empire, Cambridge [Mass.] 2000; H. Niquet, Monumenta Virtutum Titulique: Senatorische Selbstrepräsentation im Spiegel der epigraphischen Denkmäler, Stuttgart 2000).
  • 'Roman lieux de mémoire’, Classical Review 59.2 (2009): 548-9 (review of Elke Stein-Hölkeskamp and Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp, Erinnerungsorte der Antike: die römische Welt, Munich 2006).