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Bryn Ford

Bryn joined the Ancient History Graduate Group as a doctoral student in the Fall of 2015. He received his B.A. (Honours, 1st class) at the University of Sydney in 2010, and later received a Graduate Diploma in Arts (2011) and Master of Philosophy (2014) from the same institution. His interests center around ancient cultures’ engagement with the natural environment. Previous research has focused on the literary depiction of natural landscapes, particularly those of the Egyptian and African deserts, in the imperial period and late antiquity. Currently, he is exploring the place of inclement weather in the Roman imagination, with attention both to literary sources and to material evidence such as landscape painting and the variety of architectural responses to rain. Additionally, he has a variety of interests in early Christianity, including the early history of the monastic movement and the mental transition between polytheism and monotheism.