Assistant Professor Contact
Smith, Kyle
Department for the Study of Religion
170 St. George St.Room 321
416-946-3493
  • Early Christianity
  • Late antique historiography
  • Martyrdom literature and hagiography
  • Asceticism and monasticism
  • Hellenistic philosophy

About

Kyle Smith, Assistant Professor of Religion (St George) and Historical Studies (UTM), studies early Christianity. His primary research focus is late ancient Syriac Christianity in Roman Mesopotamia and the Sasanian Persian Empire.

Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching

  • RLG 3242 – Christian Asceticism in Late Antiquity
  • RLG 3212 – Martyrdom and Christian Identity

Publications

Books

2015
Co-edited with M. Doerfler and E. FianoSyriac Encounters: Papers from the Sixth North American Syriac Symposium.Peeters Publishers.

2014
The Martyrdom and the History of Blessed Simeon bar Ṣabbaʿe.Persian Martyr Acts in Syriac: Text and Translation. fasc. 3.Gorgias Press.

2010
Co-edited and trans. with H. Arneson, E. Fiano, and C. Luckritz MarquisThe History of the Great Deeds of Bishop Paul of Qenṭos and Priest John of Edessa.Texts from Christian Late Antiquity 29.Gorgias Press.

Articles

2016
“The Synod of Mar Dādišoʿ — 424 CE.”Corpus Christianorum Conciliorum Œcumenicorum Generalium Decreta, vol. VI.Forthcoming

2013
“‘A Last Disciple of the Apostles’: The ‘Editor’s’ Preface, Rabbula’s Rules, and the Date of the Book of Steps.”Breaking the Mind: New Studies in the Syriac Book of Steps.Ed. R. Kitchen and K. Heal.Catholic University of America Press.72-92.

2012

Reviews

“How Christians Became Iranian.”Rev. ofA State of Mixture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity by R. Payne.Marginalia Review of Books.Forthcoming.

Rev. ofJews, Christians and Zoroastrians: Religious Diversity in a Sasanian ContextEd. by G. Herman.Journal of Late Antiquity.Forthcoming.

2015
Rev. ofThe Chronicle of Seert: Christian Historical Imagination in Late Antique Iraq by P. Wood.Journal of Early Christian Studies23: 322-23.

2013
Rev. ofAncient Christian Martyrdom: Diverse Practices, Theologies, and Traditions by C. Moss.Journal of Early Christian Studies21: 466-68.

2013
Rev. ofA Threat to Public Piety: Christians, Platonists, and the Great Persecution by E. Digeser.The Classical Review63: 169-71.

Accomplishments

2015
University of Toronto Early Career Teaching Award