Peter Van Nuffelen is a research professor in the History Department. With a background in ancient history, philosophy and patristics, his main research interests are the history of religion in the ancient world, in particular the ruler cult, philosophical views of religion, and early Christianity; history and literature of Late Antiquity (AD 250-800), especially historiography, sermons, religious debates, toleration, violence and the representation of action. In his work, he combines philological approaches with wider interpretations, relying on texts in Greek, Latin, and oriental languages. He is currently working on editions of fragmentary historians, a cultural history of late antique historiography, and on the performance of values in Late Antiquity.
Before coming to Ghent in 2009, Peter Van Nuffelen held positions in Leuven and Exeter, besides numerous visiting fellowships. He is Laureate of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (2011), was awarded the Prix Franz Cumont (2012) and is Korrespondierendes Mitglied des DeutschenArchäologischen Instituts. Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik, Munich.
He is chairman of the Ghent Institute for Classical Studies and Ghent representative in the board of OIKOS, the Dutch research school for Classics.