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Dr Curran studied at QUB and Worcester College, Oxford. He has been a visiting scholar at Worcester College and visiting Fellow at St. John's College Oxford. He serves on the Faculty Board of Theology, The Royal Irish Academy National Committee for Greek and Latin and the governing council of The Classical Association of Ireland.

He is the Disability Adviser for The School of History and Anthropology.

Research Statement

He has written widely on widely on Romano-Jewish relations; the religions and society of the ancient Mediterranean and the Christianization of the later Roman Empire. Recent research papers delivered include those at international conferences hosted by The University of Haifa and The University of Cambridge.

Current Research Interests

A monographic study of Roman Judaea; the Jewish Patriarchate in Late Antiquity; the Herodian dynasty; Flavius Josephus in Rome; the cento of Faltonia Betitia Proba.


He is the course tutor for the following undergraduate modules:

AHY1002: The Sewer of Romulus
AHY2032: Roman Judaea
AHY2026: Roman Women
AHY3070: The Jewish Background to Christianity
AHY3071: The Rise of Christianity

and his M.A. teaching includes the historiography and numismatics components for:

AHY7000: Research Methods 1

He is an experienced supervisor of postgraduate students at PhD/M.A. level and has overseen diverse projects ranging from the trade-routes between the Roman Mediterranean and India to the cult of Alexander of Abonouteichos and the patronage of Roman women.

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R1108HIS: Roman Judea: The Herodian Prism

Curran, J.


Project: Research

Research Output

How Wars End: three thoughts on the fall of Jerusalem

Curran, J., 01 Mar 2019, Peace and Reconciliation in the Classical World.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

The Roman Church

Curran, J., 01 Jan 2019, A Companion to the City of Rome. p. 541-57 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

ius vitae necisque: the politics of killing children

Curran, J., 01 Jan 2018, In : Journal of Ancient History. 6, 1, p. 111-135 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
50 Downloads (Pure)

“To Be or to Be Thought to Be”: The Testimonium Flavianum (again)

Curran, J., 01 Jan 2017, In : Novum Testamentum. 59, 1, p. 71-94

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    256 Downloads (Pure)

    "His blood be upon us" (Matt. 27. 25): Protecting the Jews in Late Antiquity

    Curran, J., 2016, (Accepted) Ideology, Leadership and Crowds in the Roman Empire of the 4th Century. 25 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


    History of Religions (Journal)

    John Curran (Peer reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Member, QUB Northern Bridge panel for Classics (Event)

    John Curran (Member)
    06 Mar 201513 Mar 2015

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    Public lecture: 'Were the Romans anti-semitic?'

    John Curran (Speaker)
    23 Feb 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Institute of Theology representative

    John Curran (Participant)
    21 Sep 2015

    Activity: Other activity typesHosting a school group or open day