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Douglas Watson M.A.


Ancient Languages and Texts (ALT)


Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Griechische und Lateinische Philologie
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin

since 11/2017     
Doctoral Candidate at the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS) in the program Ancient Languages and Texts (ALT)

since 12/2015     
Doctoral Candidate at the Freie Universität Berlin, Byzantine Studies. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Niehoff-Panagiotidi

MA Thesis Award: Prix Domenico Fasciano, Foundation Humanitas

08/2011 – 09/2011     
Kent-Berlin Ostia (Antica) Excavations. Assistant Trench Supervisor/Campsite Manager

09/2010 – 03/2013     
Master of Arts: Religious and Classical Studies at the University of Ottawa. Thesis - Black-robed Fury: Libanius' 30th Oration and Temple Destruction in the Antiochene Countryside in Late Antiquity

08/2010 – 09/2010     
Kent-Berlin Ostia (Antica) Excavations. Campsite Manager

07/2008 – 09/2008     
Vale and Ridgeway Project (Excavations) in Marcham England

09/2005 – 05/2010     
Bachelor of Arts: Double Major in History and Classical Studies at the University of Ottawa

Die frühen Kirchenkonzilien als Kommunikationsgeschichte

Between 264-381 numerous synods were convened in relation to the Arian controversy. These synods have been chosen as the focal point of this thesis, which aims at determining the effects of communication on the theological development of the church in Late Antiquity. By examining the communicative processes surrounding these synods, it will be determined: how the presence, absence, and control of communication lines led to the triumph of Nicene-theology. In order to do so, GIS based maps will be created to track the transmission of this theological conflict, which will then be analyzed within the fields of communication history and network theory.