Brian Duvick, Ph.D.

Brian Duvick received his B.A. (1981) and M.A. (1984) from the University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. (1992) from the University of Chicago

Duvick has taught at the University of Notre Dame (1987-1994), Concordia College (1994-1996), l'Institut Universitaire de Saint-Melaine and l’Institut Thomas-Philippe (1996-2000). He has been at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs since 2001. He offers a wide variety of courses on Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome and the early Medieval period. His research interests focus on Later Roman, Early Medieval and Renaissance cultural history and historiography.

Duvick has published  Proclus on Plato, Cratylus in the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle Series, gen. ed. Richard Sorabji, Duckworth Press (2007); Ciceronian Controversies in the I Tatti Renaissance Library, Harvard University Press (2007); and is currently preparing a 2-volume translation and analysis of the Trinitarian and Christological Works of Gregory of Nyssa for St. Vladimir Seminary Press (2013) as well as a 3-volume monograph on Proclus’ Republic for University of Notre Dame Press (2013-14).

Duvick’s latest article is “Churches and Forts: the Construction of Late Roman Identity through the Architecture of the Word in Procopius’ Buildings, in Routledge Companion to Identity and the Environment.  Eds. Rebecca Kennedy and Molly Jones-Lewis, Routledge, 2013.

Duvick is currently serving on the editorial/review board of the Journal of South Asian Studies and encourages students and faculty to submit articles/reviews on politics, history, literature, arts, cultural and social studies, economy and security matters, and international affairs involving South Asian and related regions.

Duvick regularly presents papers and sponsors UCCS student papers at professional conferences. He encourages those interested in presenting or publishing their work to contact him. A selection of his recent and upcoming talks includes:

"Disseminating Culture: the Use and Abuse of History in Late Academic Political Theory", International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, Cardiff University Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture at the Conference Centre of St. Michael's College, Llandaff, June 12-15, 2013.

 “Blood to the Shade: the Fabrication of Late Roman Identity through the Architecture of the Word in Procopius’ Peri Ktismaton”, Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Iowa City IA, April 17-20, 2013.

“How to Construct a Republic in the Later Roman Empire: Cultural Politics in the Athenian Academy”, UCCS Annual History Alumni Conference, Heller Center, April, 2013.

“The Apologetics of Pagan Education in the Later Roman Empire: Proclus’ Republic”, Southwestern Historical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA, March 27 – 30, 2013.

“Rallying Tradition against Barbarian Invasion: Contextualizing Macrobius’ Saturnalia”, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Seattle University, Seattle WA, October 19-21, 2013.

 “Obscene Morality: Poetics of the Status Quo in Martial”, Southwestern Historical Association Annual Meeting, San Diego CA, April 6, 2012.

“Beyond the Language of Being and Non-Being: Scripture, Tradition and the Holy Spirit in the Apophatic Theology of Gregory of Nyssa, Contra Eunomium 3.5”, International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa, Leuven, Belgium, September 2010.

“The Closing of the Goddess’ Gate : Crises of Pagan Education in the Later Roman Empire”, Lecture Series in World History, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, October 2009.

“War, Politics and the Culture Debates of the Late 4th century: Contextualizing the Opera Minora of Gregory of Nyssa”, Keynote Address, International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa, Tuebingen, Germany, September 2008.


Contact Information:

Associate Professor Brian Duvick

Department of History

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.

Colorado Springs, CO 80933

719 255 4077