Mark Letteney is an ancient historian and an archaeologist, and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California. His work focuses on a moment of flux, when Christians first took control of Roman institutions with enough power to effect broad-scale societal changes. His dissertation, titled Christianizing Knowledge, explored how imperial Christianity changed the way that ancient scholars in “secular” disciplines made arguments, and thought about accessing truth, in the fourth and fifth centuries CE. As a postdoctoral fellow, Mark is focusing on to two projects. The first is a book detailing the experience and ideology of incarceration in the Mediterranean antiquity, co-authored with Matthew D. C. Larsen. The second is also a book project, attempting to understand ancient Christian ideas about the pagan landscape, and the material practices that they undertook to remake Rome as a Christian empire. Mark serves as co-director of the Solomon’s Pools Archaeological Project in Bethlehem, Palestine, and as a field archaeologist excavating a Roman army base at Legio, Israel. He is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.
- “Christians and the Codex: Generic Materiality and Early Gospel Traditions” with Matthew D. C. Larsen. Journal of Early Christian Studies 27.3 (2019): 383–415.
- “Survey and excavations at Solomon’s Pools, Palestine: 2018 preliminary report” with Matthew J. Adams and Max T. B. Peers. Palestinian Exploration Quarterly 151.1 (2019): 15–35.
- Rethinking ‘Authority’ in Late Antiquity: Authorship, Law, and Transmission in Jewish and Christian Tradition, edited with AJ Berkovitz. Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies. London: Routledge, 2018.
- “Authority in Contemporary Historiography” with AJ Berkovitz in Rethinking ‘Authority’ in Late Antiquity eds. Berkovitz and Letteney. London: Routledge, 2018.
- “Authenticity and Authority: the case for dismantling a dubious correlation” in Rethinking ‘Authority’ in Late Antiquity eds. Berkovitz and Letteney. London: Routledge, 2018.
- “Toward a New Scribal Tendency: reciprocal corruptions and the text of 1 Corinthians 8:2-3” Journal of Biblical Literature 135.2 (2016): 389-402.
- Review of Brent Nongbri, God’s Library: The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian Manuscripts. Journal of Late Antiquity 12.2 (2019).
- Review of Uta Heil, Annette von Stockhausen (eds.), Die Synoden im trinitarischen Streit: Über die Etablierung eines synodalen Verfahrens und die Probleme seiner Anwendung im 4. und 5. Jahrhundert. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2018.03.50
- Review of Noel Lenski, Constantine and the Cities: Imperial Authority and Civic Politics. Ancient Jew Review, October 2017.